If we can take a moment to divert your attention from a list of tempting baked goodies, we'd like to note that Samantha Seneviratne is a remarkable writer. Her stories of the inspiration behind her recipes are vivid and evocative. Whether those moments are poignant, sweet, or funny, she offers a separate pleasure from the results of sweet baking.
Seneviratne earned a James Beard Award nomination for her previous book, The New Sugar and Spice, which urged bold flavors. Here she makes more frequent reference to classic comfort bakes, but she retains a refreshing style that offers lots of great ideas: blood orange and ginger sherbet; raspberry rhubarb streusel muffins; banana bread scones; coconut custard hand pies.
You won't find yourself on a quest for unusual ingredients, but you'll still be happily pleased that you've somehow combined your kitchen staples into something new and delightful.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.