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A Sweet Quartet:
Sugar, Almonds, Eggs, and Butter

 

by Fran Gage                   
 
A Sweet Quartet is a charming tale about the history of sugar, almonds, butter, and eggs, and how each made its way independently into the kitchen and became the foundation of all desserts. She tells the story of each ingredient by weaving history with personal recollections in the field at a sugar mill, at a hatchery, as owner of a patisserie, and other experiences. The story is compelling, and comes complete with 33 recipes.
Reviewer: lucky_dog89, from new york city


The culinary history of dessert-making is fascinating.
Four basic elements make desserts possible: sugar, almonds, eggs, and butter. A Sweet Quartet blends a culinary history of these ingredients with a recipe guide and travelogue. No color photos, but the easy recipes don't need them, while the culinary history of dessert-making is fascinating, adding a literary touch to the results.
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review from Oregon

 

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