Dessert University

Mesnier, Roland with Chattman Lauren

Published by Simon and Schuster, 2004
ISBN 10: 0743223179 / ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used / Boards / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

8vo. 546 pp. Book is very good, the sole flaw being a slight curl in the front board, such that the front cover stands 7/16 of an inch above the text block when closed. Dust jacket is very good with only minor creasing around edges. Signed by the author, with a cute chef doodle, on the front endpaper. As Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for almost twenty-five years, Roland Mesnier has been responsible for creating thousands of elegant, delicious confections and dazzling desserts for hundreds of state dinners and family occasions. An accomplished teacher as well as a master chef, he now shares his expertise with home cooks in Dessert University. * * * [Please note: additional postage fees may be required for oversized and/or international orders to be shipped.]. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Synopsis: As Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for almost twenty-five years, Roland Mesnier has been responsible for creating thousands of elegant, delicious confections and dazzling desserts for hundreds of state dinners and family occasions. An accomplished teacher as well as a master chef, he now shares his expertise with home cooks in Dessert University.

This beautifully illustrated volume is a complete course in making the full spectrum of spectacular sweets—from breakfast pastries, cookies, and pies to fresh-fruit desserts, frozen confections, and cakes. Recipes in each chapter are organized from the simplest to the most complex, and Chef Mesnier walks you through each step, pointing out common mistakes and offering insights on technique gained from his years as a professional. Most of these recipes need few special ingredients and almost no fancy equipment; nearly everything can be purchased at a well-stocked supermarket, department store, or kitchen supply store. Chef Mesnier includes tips on techniques, ingredients, and serving suggestions, and offers home cooks practical advice, such as how to fill and use a pastry bag and the best way to whip egg whites. A resource list is also included, so cooks can find the more unusual ingredients they need to make these delectable creations.

Mesnier starts off with his fresh-fruit desserts, including uniquely wonderful recipes such as Bananas in Raspberry Cream, Blueberry Fool, and Poached Peaches with Chestnut Mousse. He moves on to creamy custards, puddings, soufflés, mousses and Bavarians, ice creams, meringues, crêpes, and breakfast treats (including buttery brioche and croissant doughs). Chef Mesnier's cookie and bar recipes will fill your cookie jar with such treats as Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond Crescents, Orange Butter Cookies, Brownies, and Florentine Squares. There are sweet and savory tarts, and cakes ranging from the simple (Lemon Pound Cake) to the unusual (Peanut Butter and Jelly Roulade Cake) to the sophisticated (Chocolate Champagne Mousse Cake). Ambitious home cooks can even try their hand at making chocolate candy and sugar decorations. A chapter on syrups, sauces, and other dessert components completes the book.

More than fifty black-and-white line drawings throughout illustrate Chef Mesnier's instructions for the more complicated recipes, and there are sixteen stunning color photographs of finished desserts.

Home cooks and professionals spend hundreds of dollars in formal cooking classes to learn what masters like Roland Mesnier have to teach. In Dessert University, Chef Mesnier has distilled the experience and expertise of an extraordinary career into one accessible, user-friendly volume. Whether you're a novice who has never picked up a rolling pin or an accomplished cook looking to hone and enhance your skills, this is truly a book you cannot do without.

Review: Slightly older egg whites--the ones from supermarket eggs are already three to five days old by the time you buy them--whip up smoother and higher than fesh ones. This bit of information introduces the section called Magical Meringues in Roland Mesnier's Dessert University. For 25 years Roland Mesnier has been executive pastry chef at the White House. He's also a teacher who never forgets what it is to be a student. So he's ready, willing, and able to share what he has learned about producing desserts to die for.

There's a gentle, encouraging spirit that runs through this book, and it comes from the unique situation a White House pastry cehf finds himself in. On the one hand he has to prepare high-end restaurant-quality desserts for lunches and dinners that seat people by the hundreds. But the chief responsibility is to a single family and its guests, which makes the work more like a private chef who only has to satisfy one customer. So these are family recipes, in a sense, that can stand up to restaurant specs.

The book opens with a chapter on fruit desserts, a chapter that establishes a simple, user-friendly line. What follows are chapters on Puddings Custards and Souffles; Mousses and Bavarians; Frozen Desserts; Meringues; Crepes and Deloctable Fillings; Breakfast Pastries; Cookies; Tarts and Pies; Cakes; Chocolate Candy and Decorations; Sugar Decorations; and Syrups, Sauces, and Glazes.

At 540-plus pages this is a big, well-illustrated, cleanly written book with clear instructions and concise recipes. But it isn't intiomidating. Rather, it's welcoming. You'll feel as comfortable whipping up an Apple Sorget with Caramel sauce as you willbaking a Chocolate Butter Cake. And the best advice of all from this master? Practice, practice, practice. --Schuyler Ingle

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Dessert University
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Boards
Book Condition: Very good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Roland Mesnier, Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster (2004)
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2004. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP10617298

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Roland Mesnier, Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster (2004)
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2004. Book Condition: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78886579

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Roland Mesnier, Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster (2004)
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2004. Book Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP11439329

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Roland Mesnier
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Free Shipping Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2774788881

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Free State Books
(Halethorpe, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I3N01

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Sierra Nevada Books
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I3N10

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Atlanta Book Company
(Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I3N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Sierra Nevada Books
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blue Cloud Books
(Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Roland Mesnier; Lauren Chattman
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0743223179 ISBN 13: 9780743223171
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Silver Arch Books
(St Louis, MO, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0743223179I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 37 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book