My Collection of Original Desserts

The Art of Creative Baking

Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
264 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2020
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Author Biography

Nationally recognized chef Nikos Ligidakis demonstrates in his books his priceless culinary knowledge. There is sufficient information in this book to help you enhance your cooking skills. Ligidakis is a native of Greece, who gained national acclaim for combining the full tantalizing flavors of the Mediterranean region with an imaginative presentation. His success is credited to the fact that he created a cuisine that is both exotic and familiar. Nikos has become a legend locally both for his selfless charitable involvement and his idiosyncratic style of cooking. He prides himself on his culinary creativity, use of quality ingredients, freshness, consistency, and the fact that he prepares everything from scratch.

Award winning author, Nikos Ligidakis, writes with clarity and passion in an ardent voice, not to just recount adventures, but with an expression of feelings, to encourage the reader to think, to find hope in the eternal struggle for the meaning of life and the awareness of harmony. Today Nikos devotes his life to coaching new authors encouraging and assisting them to write and publish their books. Nikos has founded several charitable organizations with the most notable his Thanksgiving Project to Feed the Hungry, a program that provided food to tens of thousands during its 21-year run. His selfless work with people has earned him several humanitarian awards over the years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

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.