Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto's James Beard Award-Winning Pastry Chef (Paperback)
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Defying conventions left and right, this debut book from the pastry chef of Manhattan's Michelin-starred Del Posto, offers a highly personal journey through the creative ambitions of a punk rock drummer who happens to have galvanized the attention of his fellow pastry professionals around the city and the country.
There is a chapter on vegetable desserts (eggplant and chocolate, cucumber creamsicle), a series of tributes to cooks and chefs he idolizes, and plenty of recollections of adventures while band touring and while eating and working in kitchens around the country. And yes, some awesome desserts that make extra sense once you've gotten to know Headley and his highly idiosyncratic mix of reverence for tradition and willingness to break all the rules. You will never own another book like this.