Life's Sweetest Moments: Simple, Stunning Recipes and Their Heartwarming Stories (Hardcover)

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Life's Sweetest Moments: Simple, Stunning Recipes and Their Heartwarming Stories (Hardcover)


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From legendary and award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, a baking book of more than 40 simple dessert recipes paired with heartwarming stories celebrating life’s sweetest moments.

It’s been more than 10 years since Chef Dominique Ansel opened the doors to his eponymous bakery and took the world by storm with the Cronut®. Along the way he’s discovered that behind every dessert, there’s not just a recipe, but a story to share. From marriage proposals over a cup of hot chocolate, to the many first dates in the line outside his bakery, Ansel has come to realize that when there is pastry, there is a special moment behind it.

In Life’s Sweetest Moments, you’ll find 42 heartwarming and uplifting stories of Chef Dominique’s loved ones and regulars, paired with simple, achievable, but no less indulgent recipes for desserts and baked goods perfect for home bakers of all levels, including:

  • Crème Brûlée
  • Hazelnut Cake
  • Earl Grey French Toast with Orange Blossom Maple Syrup
  • The Ultimate Cookie
  • Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Mascarpone Icing
  • Tiramisu
  • Hot Chocolate with Pink Champagne Marshmallows
  • Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake with Homemade Sprinkles

In this charming and beautiful book, the most accessible of Ansel’s to date, you'll discover moving stories—like that of the two regulars, one an older woman who visited the bakery to buy a financier for her husband every morning, and the other an older man who every evening purchased after-dinner dessert tarts for his wife. It took years for Chef Dominique to realize they were, in fact, married to each other. When they requested a special dessert to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Chef Dominique combined their regular orders and created a Strawberry & Financier Fruit Tart.

Even when there’s no grand occasion or a specific holiday—you can sprinkle in a little bit of love to the day with Life’s Sweetest Moments, just because.

In 2011, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel opened his first shop, the eponymous Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC’s Soho neighborhood, with just four employees, and has since shaken up the pastry world with innovation and creativity at the heart of his work. He’s been responsible for creating some of the most fêted pastries in the world, including: the Cronut® (named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best inventions of 2013”), Cookie Shot, Frozen S’more, Blossoming Hot Chocolate, and more. For his prolific creativity, he was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Food & Wine has called him a “Culinary Van Gogh” while the New York Post coined him “the Willy Wonka of New York.” He has also been bestowed the prestigious l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, France’s second highest honor. He is the author of two cookbooks: Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes, and Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master & Mix.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063308091
ISBN-10: 0063308096
Publisher: Harvest
Publication Date: October 8th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English