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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review - Junior's Dessert Cookbook

Junior's is well known for their cheesecakes, which are considered by many to be the best in the world. Located in Brooklyn, it's a must-go for lots of visitors to New York.

So if you're a cheesecake lover, you're going to be thrilled they have a cookbook now, Junior's Dessert Cookbook: 75 Recipes for Cheesecakes, Pies, Cookies, Cakes, and More, and the book does start with some great cheesecake recipes. Classic New York style to start with, then getting into more complicated cheesecakes. Personally I had to wipe up a little drool after just reading the recipe for the Red Velvet Cheesecake which is a "skyscraper" style cake, 5 inches tall with cake, cheesecake and cream cheese icing. The tiramisu charlotte is a new favorite for my family.

After the cheesecake recipes comes a chapter on soda fountain desserts. Perfect egg creams, orange freeze drinks, milkshakes, malted and ice cream treats. As much as I love cheesecake, this is my favorite chapter. My family loves ice cream, I'm pretty sure if you asked my dad, he would say it's favorite food. This is the chapter for hot sunny days.

Black and Whites covers two-tone desserts that are stylish and tasty. Cheesecakes, cookies, malteds and a couple other recipes. The Oreo Little Fellows look like the perfect cool dessert for my daughter's July birthday.

Layer Cakes and Cupcakes is self explanatory and full of wonderful baked goods. My favorite in this chapter is Grandma's Lemon Loaf. It's plain looking compared to the rest of the desserts, but I love loaf cakes.

Pie Shoppe has whipped cream pies, adorable tartlets and classic pie recipes. Recommended- the Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie.

Save Room For Dessert has recipes that don't fit into the rest of the chapters like blintzes, brownies, cookies and pudding. It even includes a recipe for fried cheesecake.

For Those Watching Their Sugar is where this book becomes very much a favorite for me. I don't have to watch mine, but my uncle is diabetic and I like making him a special treat every so often. With several cheesecake recipes, a muffin recipe and a couple mousse recipes, this one will keep him happy for years.

The last chapter contains instructions for things that are used in several recipes. Crusts, sauces, whipped cream and ganache.

The instructions for the recipes are clear and well written, and there are bits of trivia and tips sprinkled liberally through out the book. The photos are incredible.

You can get this book directly from the publisher, The Taunton Press
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