Book Review: Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook

Title: Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook
Author: Brent Ridge & Josh Kilmer-Purcell (with Sandy Gluck)
Format: e-ARC from NetGalley
Genre: Cookbook
Rating: 5/5

I was super excited to see this book available for review on NetGalley. I loved the previous Beekman book, which I first saw at an ALA conference, and I was pretty confident that they would hit this one out of the park. I was not disappointed. This book is absolutely beautiful. The photography is sumptuous and rich and all the food looks delicious – their food stylist deserves a pat on the back.

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook has a mix of traditional recipes (think Banana Pudding with Vanilla Cookies!) and more unusual recipes (chocolate soup?! why did I not think of that sooner!). It’s the kind of cookbook you could give to a foodie or to someone who is looking for well executed versions of the classics. Each recipe has a spot for notes and there is a larger section for your own family’s heirloom recipes at the end of each chapter.

I will most likely be adding this one to my personal collection, since I saw several desserts I’d like to put into my holiday rotation. This book would make a great Christmas gift for the foodies in your life,

Recipe highlights (there are a lot!):

Winter: Vanilla Panna Cotta Surprise (with lemon curd inside!); Chocolate Rocky Road Potstickers; Chocolate Espresso Soup with Marshmallows; Ricotta Blintzes; Sticky Toffee Pudding Buns (this is like cinnamon rolls in a bundt pan!); Sugar plums; Double Ginger Cake; Figgy Pudding

Spring: Rugalech; Key Lime Pie; Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic Syrup; Roasted Rhubarb Crisp; Olive Oil Pound Cake; Three Citrus Creme Caramel; Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze; Stained Glass Gelatin Cake; Chocolate Eclair Pie

Summer: Sweet Green Tomato Hand Pies; Corncakes with Buttermilk Ice Cream; Grilled Fruit Cocktail with Bourbon; Frozen Hot Chocolate; Baked Manhattan; Pink Grapefruit and Campari Ice; Sour Cherry Streusel Pie

Fall: Pancake Cake with Maple Cream Frosting; Indian Pudding; Buttermilk Pie with Pecan Crust; Cinnamon Bun Bundt Cake; Honey-Bourbon Cake; Maple Granola; Sour Cream Cutout Cookies


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