Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s by Brooks Headley

By Brooks Headley

Brooks Headley is the administrative pastry chef at Del Posto. His writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Cherry Bombe, fortunate Peach, and big apple journal. Fancy muffins received the Piglet cookbook award from Food52.

While different cooks paid dues on eating place traces and at cooking faculties, Brooks Headley used to be at the back of a travel van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that by no means made a dime. Now government pastry chef at New York's Del Posto eating place, Headley creates unorthodox recipes that echo his unconventional historical past: fruit is king, greens are championed, acidity is vital, and straightforwardness is the goal.

With ninety seven recipes and greater than a hundred images, Brooks Headley's Fancy muffins has six chapters: "Fruit," "Vegetables," "Grains and Flours," "Chocolate," "Seeds and Nuts," and "Dairy." Recipes diversity from verjus melon sweet to tofu chocolate creme brulée, fruit sorbet to eggplant and chocolate, showcasing Headley's targeted standpoint on constituents and method. visitor members comprise philosopher-musician Ian Svenonius, essayist Sloane Crosley, and award-winning cooks Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch. Brooks Headley's Fancy muffins is a necessary, creative addition to the shelf of either domestic chefs chefs.

“When was once the final time a cake recipe made you weep with laughter? precisely. Brooks Headley―punk dude, vegetarian sympathizer, stealth genius, hero to all within the manhattan pastry world― has created anything solely new. It’s a cookable memoir approximately his lifestyles in song and nutrients (i.e., plenty of time in basements), yet no longer the type they’ll make a adorable motion picture out of. And the paintings course via Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin (of devour Me: The nutrition & Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin notoriety) take the deadpan brilliance to a different level.” (Christine Muhlke, govt editor, Bon Appétit)

“Fancy cakes isn't what you are expecting of a cookbook. nonetheless, Brooks isn't what you predict of a pastry chef. His dessert is the stuff of legend. it truly is counterintuitive yet appealing; confounding yet scrumptious. Relinquish keep watch over: learn this and you'll nearly immediately comprehend. reasonable caution: Paul Reubens is pictured during this cookbook.” (Mario Batali)

“Fancy cakes is a visceral and attitudinal and gustatory joy-ride, a thrilling few laps round a four big name kitchen in a beat up vague punk rocker’s travel van. And Brooks Headley is as dedicated to the candy pleasure as he's to the not easy journey of excellence within the pastry kitchen.” (Gabrielle Hamilton)

“One half unconventional memoir to 2 components nontraditional cookbook.” (Hugh Merwin - long island journal)

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