Having not been in a commercial kitchen for the last three months, I thought I should do some "homework" before going back to work. You know, read some cookbooks...analyse some recipes...get inspired? Came across Lost Desserts by Gail Monaghan on the lowest shelf and realised that it's one book that I've had for a while but have yet to make something out of in the kitchen at home.
It is about "delicious indulgences of the past" and is filled with "recipes from legendary restaurants and famous chefs" and also some from her childhood, old books and newspapers and the memories of people that she knows. I guess I bought it more for the little blurbs of history preceeding each recipe than for the recipes themselves because I've always wondered how ideas for some of those desserts were conceived.
And of course for the beautiful food shots, all by Eric Boman of Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel and Blahnik by Boman: Shoes, Photographs, Conversation fame.
From the easy-to-make Miss Grimble's Chocolate Angel Pie, Canneles Bordelais, Marbled Rose & Raspberry Fool, Edna Lewis' Peach Cobbler...
to the very-rarely-seen-nowadays classics such as Escoffier's Mont Blanc and Carame's Nectarine Plombiere...
to completely over-the-top numbers like this Melon Surprise and Sauternes Bavarian Cream.
It's great to have on the coffee-table if coffee is all you have to serve when friends turn up unannounced.