Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Sweet Melissa Pâtisseries in Brooklyn has three delicious locations where you can stock up on tasty treats. If you are not on the East Coast, I promise you will not have too long of a wait before this refreshingly delicious cookbook is available! This week, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this delightful cookbook from the wonderful folks at Penguin Group.

This cookbook, which I prefer to call by the title a "baking book" is filled from cover to cover with charming stories from Melissa's childhood, Professional Tips, and ways to be "Pretty Slick" with mouthwatering recipes that are sure to please even the finickiest eater!

I would be remiss if I did not tell you how much I enjoyed the layout of this baking book... "Dessert for Breakfast"; "After-School Snacks"; an entire chapter is devoted simply to "Somebody's Birthday" special layer cakes, another chapter goes on to talk about "What to do with all this Fruit"; special endings to "Sunday Suppers" and finally an entire chapter dedicated to "Favorite Gifts."

Melissa most recently won a national recipe contest sponsored by the Almond Board of California ("Marzipandimonium!" 2006) and competed on the "TV Food Network Challenge: Edible Ornaments" (airing December 2007), where she captured the grand prize. Sweet Melissa Patisserie's currently enjoy the Zagat Marketplace 2007 award for "Best Tarts and Pies" in all of NY.

Over the next few weeks I will be sampling recipes from this truly delicious collection. I will, of course, post pictures and look forward to your comments. In the meantime, pre-order your copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book which will be available on March 13, 2008. The book promises "the treats inside will make each day and every special occasion a sweeter one." So far, I have to say the book makes me feel sweeter!


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