“For the baker looking for a sure thing with every turn of the page …”
— New York Times
“It functions like a treasure hunt, with lovely things casually lurking within the pages … smart, delicious, understated and, yes, genius.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Genius Recipes is the hands-down winner of the dog-eared page contest — because it instantly dismisses what might be the most important question asked by a cook confronting a new recipe. Namely, will this work? Of course it will.”
— Jenny Rosenstrach, New York Times
“In book version, Genius Recipes reads like an epic, culinary “best of” boxed set of recipes—the kind you’d actually make.”
— Jenni Avins, Quartz
In Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake, Food52 has compiled the most beloved and talked-about desserts of our time (and the under-the-radar gems that will soon join their ranks)—in a collection that will make you a local legend, and a smarter baker to boot.
Featured as one of the best and most anticipated fall cookbooks by the New York Times, Eater, Epicurious, The Kitchn, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Delish, Mercury News, Sweet Paul, and PopSugar.
Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, creative director Kristen Miglore set out to unearth the most game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers—and collect them all in one indispensable guide.
This led her to iconic desserts spanning the last century: Maida Heatter’s East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, François Payard’s Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, and Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino.
But it also turned up little-known gems: a comforting Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson and an imaginative Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream from Lucky Peach, along with genius tips, riffs, and mini-recipes, and the lively stories behind each one.
The genius of this collection is that Kristen has scouted out and rigorously tested recipes from the most trusted dessert experts, finding over 100 of their standouts.
Each recipe shines in a different way and teaches you something new, whether it’s how to use unconventional ingredients (like Sunset’s whole orange cake), how to make the most of brilliant methods (roasted sugar from Stella Parks), or how to embrace stunning simplicity (Dorie Greenspan’s three-ingredient cookies).
With photographer James Ransom’s riveting images throughout, Genius Desserts is destined to become every baker's go-to reference for the very best desserts from the smartest teachers of our time—for all the dinner parties, potlucks, bake sales, and late-night snacks in between.
Format: New, Hardcover
Published: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Pages: 288 pages
Dimensions: 10.5"inches H x 1.25" inches D x 8.25 " inches W
Weight: 2.85 pounds, before shipping
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristen Kilgore is the creative director at Food52.(com). She abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to pursue a master's degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education.
Her writing has since been published in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and The Atlantic, and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food52’s Genius Recipes column in 2014.
The column led to the Genius Recipes cookbook in 2015, which won an IACP award in 2016 and became a New York Times best seller. She lives in Brooklyn and usually has a pastry in her purse.