On Finding Old Cookbooks: Chez Panisse Desserts

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Chez Panisse is certainly all about Alice Waters but imagine my glee when rummaging around a Palm Springs thrift store, I stumbled upon a first edition of Chez Panisse Desserts by Lindsey Remolif Shere.

Remolif Shere was Chez Panisse's pastry chef when the restaurant first opened in the 1971 and she stayed on until 1998. The book not only showcases scrumptious illustrations by pop artist Wayne Thiebaud, who made his name painting pastries, but it also has some irresistible recipes.

Imagine the seductive originality of recipes for Blood Orange Curd, Rose Geraniun Pound Cake or Sugared Rose Petals. It doesn't get any better than that.

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