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New Orleans Classic Desserts
By Kit Wohl
ISBN: 1589804449
Publisher: Pelican
Format: Hardcover
List price: $15.95 
Type: Desserts; Ethnic or Regional: New Orleans
Sample recipe: Bananas Foster
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: For some reason, this book feels just right. We are often leery of chef's recipes, but almost all in this collection seem manageable. We can grow tired of an endless string of New Orleans cookbooks, but this seems to have recipes one would want to have on hand. The text could be overblown, but it's informative and friendly. The photos – by the author – are mostly exceptional.

Chapters are modest, including cakes and pies, custards and puddings, candies and cookies, flambé desserts, ices and ice creams, and a chapter including a few special sauces, garnishes, and ways to work with pecans. Recipes include Sister Mary's Pecan Pralines, Bon Ton Bread Pudding, Arnaud's Crème Brûlée, Brennan's flaming Bananas Foster, Crozier's Floating Island, McKenzie's bakeries' turtle cookies, Commander's Palace's Bread Pudding Soufflé, Galatoire's Crème Caramel, Emeril Lagasse's Banana Cream Pie, and Chef Leah Chase's Sweet Potato Pie.


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