Her new book, Baking Chez Moi, is already causing a national sensation-how can it be possible to dazzle dinner party guests with French pastries that are so easy to make?
Dorie Greenspan, author of eight cookbooks, has the answers and will reveal them when she comes to Chester in a free Books & Bagels program, one of the last stops on a nationwide book tour, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ).
Reviews of the book have been scrumptious. Library Journal, in a starred review, calls it "an instant classic." And three weeks after release this fall it was ranked number one in cookbook sales nationally.
Among the enticing and simple desserts in Greenpan's repertoire: chocolate loaf cake speckled with cubes of dark chocolate that have been melted, salted, and frozen; boozy, slow-roasted pineapple (a five-ingredient cinch); silky caramel tarts; and crackle-topped cream puffs.
The recipes are culled from French home cooks and chefs and include Greenspan's own original creations based on traditional and regional specialties. Her friendly reassuring instructions in all of her books have won her legions of ardent fans who appreciate how she's made French dishes accessible to all of us stateside.
Greenspan, a Westbrook resident who also has an apartment in Paris, says in her introduction, "These are the recipes the French bake at home for their families and their closest friends. They are generous, satisfying recipes tied to places, traditions, customs, and culture. And they're the opposite of the complex, fussy, time-consuming desserts most of us associate with French pastry. Some of the sweets are modern, some riffs on classics, some light, others substantial, some sophisticated, most are casual, easy-going, and fun."
This will be Greenspan's third appearance at Books & Bagels, the first two having been for Baking and Around My French Table. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.
CBSRZ is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. For more information, call the synagogue office 860-526-8920 or visit www.cbsrz.org.