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Sweet Treats

Check out these delicious reads to warm your heart and soul this Valentine's Day.

 

Sugar and Other Stories

This rich collection of well-written stories centers on the ambiguity of the world and life. Just when you are sure something is one way, an event happens to make you question your beliefs. Whether it's a girl trying to fit in at an exclusive boarding school, a woman finally beginning to know her father when he's on his deathbed, or the story of a supposed mugging, these literary tales will have you pondering the frailty and the strength of the human spirit.

 
Dessert Professional

Did you know there is a whole magazine devoted to the art of sweet treats? This lovely periodical contains information for the professional pastry purveyor, but also includes delicious recipes that can be created by the home chef. (Please note that all ingredient measurements are metric.) Even if you don't want to bake your own desserts, this magazine is a feast for the eyes. Ask your librarian to bring you the latest edition from the reference stacks.

 

Plum Pudding Murder

This is the 12th book in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. It seems there's always something cooking at the Cookie Jar and this holiday season is no exception. Hannah stumbles upon the body of a Christmas tree lot owner and must uncover the murderer before the twelve days of Christmas are over.

 

The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life
BL65.S84 L37 2007

The ingredient list for a happy, fulfilled life includes adventuring, clearheadedness, joy, and extreme ethics. This collection of advice and anecdotes from an ordained Dharma teacher will have you pondering how to include them in your daily living in order to become the person you most want to be.

 
Life's Uncertain--Eat Dessert First! [videorecording]
(DVD) TX773.L483 2003x

A celebrated pastry chef demonstrates how to make several delicious and beautiful desserts in this 78 minute DVD. A recipe booklet is included, so you don't have to take notes. Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding anyone?

 

MoonPie: Biography of an Out-of-This-World Snack
HD9058.C652 C495 2006x

The author is not the only person infatuated with MoonPies, but he did take his obsession to the ultimate level by researching and writing this book. The invention of the sweet snack is chronicled along with its rise to fame, including how MoonPies came to be carried in Wal-Marts across the country and a detailed description of a visit to the MoonPie production line. This marshmallow sandwich is nearly synonymous with the south and its cultural and historical context is not ignored.

 

Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris
TX773.M547 2006

Part travel book and part expose on the best French patisseries, the book begins by listing some of the most famous and popular tourist destinations and which nearby pastry shops are worth a visit. It also includes shops off the beaten path that are worth the detour, as well as descriptions of French pastries so that you know which treats you are selecting and recipes so you can make them at home. A favorite section is the chapter that follows Line 10 of the Paris Metro and highlights a delicious patisseries for each stop on the route. It's like a pub crawl for pastry lovers. Magnifique!

 

The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts
TX773.O54 2007

Think Asian desserts consist only of fortune cookies? This beautiful cookbook will show you the way to the wonderful myriad of Asian sweet treats. There are traditional offerings, as well as modern inspirations, from a chef creating typical American favorites with an Asian twist.

 

Who Wants Candy?
TX791.S46 2004

The back of this book boasts "being bad never tasted this good" and with the over 375 recipes, you'll believe it. Many of the recipes are heirlooms, dating back fifty years or more. Looking for that fudge your grandmother made? It's probably here. Includes a great assortment of recipes for everyone from novice to experienced candy maker.

 
Sweet Charity [videorecording]
DVD Sweet

A lovelorn New York dance hall hostess named Charity Hope Valentine dreams of old-fashioned romance but falls in love with one undeserving man after another.

 

Nutcracker Suite
q M1003 .C43 op. 71a 1987

Just had to include this on the list, even though it's slightly out of season. What other ballet includes sugar plum fairies, dancing bonbons, and marzipan shepherds? This is a perennial favorite with young and old alike.