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Born in the Netherlands, Haasnoot worked in New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Kuwait City before returning to Holland. The winner of several international pastry and chocolate competitions, he has a dramatic visual style and a fascination with the excitement that color brings to his creation.
In Prisma (Spanish for "prism") Haasnoot offers 48 highly detailed recipes grouped by color. White because of its balance, elegance and lightness. Yellow for being the color of ideas and spontaneity. Red because it represents the necessary passion for a trade like that of a pastry chef. Green for being the color of nature and freshness. Purple because it symbolizes magic, imagination, inspiration, and creativity. And finally, black for its sobriety and nobility.
The recipes are almost entirely for tarts, entremets, and other cakes. The vibrant colors come from a diverse array of ingredients and flavorings: mangoes with lemongrass; apples with apricot; cherries with lemon; currants and almonds; cassis with chocolate; shiso and kumquats; hazelnuts and coffee.In English. Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.