{Book Review} Sweet by Valerie Gordon

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Let’s be selfish for a minute and talk just between the grown ups. Grown ups like cake too and sometimes we don’t want to share. Sweet by Valerie Gordon is complete food porn and desserts for grown ups. A SFW food porn! No shame being caught with a copy of this in public.

Salted Caramel Pudding

Chapters in the book include pedestal, plate, tin, box, bowl, jar, larder and hand. The book also covers the basics such as equipment and ingredients. I made two recipes before I left London, Reese’s Pieces Oatmeal Cookies and Salted Caramel Pudding. They both turned out delectable.

I chose easier recipes on purpose since I was under a lot of stress organizing our move but flipping through the book now I wish I’d made something from the pedestal chapter. The pictures in the book are amazing. Make sure to read the text in the book as well. There’s detail about how to use the book and background about Valerie and her creations.

Reese's Oatmeal Cookies

I love this book because it’s beautiful and artistic but the recipes are not complicated and pages long. I own far too many books that are not practical and make better doorstops than baking aids. I would recommend this book for the intermediate baker that’s looking for a fairly easy way to impress. Valerie has written the recipes to be non technical and approachable.

I wouldn’t recommend this book for a beginner. There are a few specialty ingredients needed for some of the recipes (gianduja chocolate, rose petals) and a few of the recipes have several different components that may require some practice (Hazelnut Cake).

I received a copy to review

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