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Iconic American Desserts


Stella Parks (Author)

With a Foreword by J. Kenji López-Alt

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An award-winning pastry chef’s foolproof recipes and fresh take on the history of American desserts, from chocolate chip cookies to toaster pastries.

If you have ever marvelled at a flawless slice of cherry pie in a television bake-off and wondered if you could re-create it at home, BraveTart is for you. Here are recipes for one-bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake, Blueberry Muffins, Glossy Fudge Brownies and even Parks’s own recipes for re-creating popular supermarket treats! These meticulously tested, crystal-clear and innovative recipes bring a pastry chef’s expertise to your kitchen.

Along the way, BraveTart tells the surprising story of how these desserts came to be. With a foreword by The Food Lab’s J. Kenji López-Alt, vintage illustrations of historical desserts and breathtaking photographs, BraveTart is sure to become a classic.


“This is not everyday baking – nor does it celebrate an everyday occasion – but the whisking of egg whites to make the marshmallow icing (inspiration for which I thank the ever-illuminating, ever-inspiring American baker-sleuth Stella Parks, author of the compendious BraveTart)...” — Nigella Lawson, Observer Food Monthly

“Fans of American desserts need look no further than this book.” — Choice


Shortlisted — International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award, 2018

Winner — James Beard Foundation Book Award, 2018

Also By: J. Kenji López-Alt View all by author...

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