American Baker Stanford Court Desserts Signed

American Baker: Exquisite Desserts from the Pastry Chef of the Stanford Court is a signed cookbook by Jim Dodge of Standford Court's Fournou's Ovens restaurant. Here you will find top dessert recipes for sweets served at the acclaimed hotel restaurant in San Francisco. 

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Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 350 pages 

Copyright: 1987 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

Author: Jim Dodge 

ISBN: 9780671611583

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Description: There is a remarkable renaissance in hotel dining in the United States, and the restaurant at San Francisco's Stanford Court is among the best examples. Fournou's Ovens is distinguished by elegance, unpretentious hospitality, and a menu that reflects the contemporary interest in the best of American products and foodstyles.

The exquisite desserts produced by pastry chef Jim Dodge account for much of the restaurant's reputation, and Dodge himself has emerged as one of the most renowned practitioners of the dessert-making art. 

With food writer Elaine Ratner, Dodge has collected his work, including the signature desserts served at The Stanford Court, in The American Baker. Here are the elegant favorites almost invariably on display: the Dacquoise, a miracle of hazelnut meringue and Swiss butter cream; the Chocolate Beret Cake described by its creator as "... for chocolate addicts. It delivers five different chocolate experiences in every bite"; and a delightful assortment of cookies and small pastries. 

And here also are the homier specialties well-grounded in American tradition and bound to find a place in the American home cook's repertoire: Blackberry-Lime Cobbler, Strawberry Cream Pie, Deep Peach Almond Tart, and Apple Walnut Cake with Light Bourbon Sauce. 

Jim Dodge's work is informed by a kind of culinary integrity; he relies mostly on the uncomplicated direct flavors of ingredients, fruit in particular, and resists overly sweet desserts. The results include a Banana Cream Pie that is simply packed with more bananas than might seem possible; a sunny Valencia Orange Cake; and ice creams, sherbets, and ices saturated with flavor. And Dodge's thoughtful inventiveness and affinity for discovering the compatibility of ingredients is evident in his Peach and Pistachio Cake, his Blueberry-Papaya Tart, and his delightful Gingered Rhubarb Crisp. 

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Condition: Good condition. 

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