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Who doesn’t like dessert? But does anyone consider that food, especially dessert food, has a character all of its own. Food character includes “the essence of flavors and the perception of tastes.” Desserts are more than just a sweet ending; it is a “symphony of flavors.” And there is a misconception that desserts have to be sinfully sweet. In reality, they can be healthy. There are ways to make the most sinful-looking, delicious concoctions with healthier sweeteners and alternate flours, among other things. The key is knowing how and when to make the substitutions; in other words, knowing what foods work well together.
Nikos Ligidakis is an award-winning chef who has studied in great depth the wonders of food creations. He is known for his exotic creations, for his fresh, stunning works of culinary art. He is also known as an author who shares his knowledge of food with great pride and an accumulation of years of study. In other words, he knows his food. His recent book, My Collection of Original Desserts: The Art of Creative Baking, is a passionate look at sweet endings. The book begins with a background on the author and his aim of baking excellence. It then progresses into a concise sharing of his culinary knowledge: a list of ingredients and ingredient alternatives, how each ingredient works with other ingredients, culinary do’s and don’ts, a fascinating account on what he terms “The Chocolate Addiction,” and so much more. Then come the recipes, complete with mouth-watering images of the finished creations. The recipes are well laid out with concise and thorough instructions. This chef/ author obviously uses his imagination and his expertise to create some of the most exquisite sweet delights. This book is a must-have for any cookbook collector or anyone adventurous enough to make the ultimate dessert.