Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

Book Review: Bravetart

August/September 2017 Issue
Buy Now
Save to Recipe Box
Add Private Note
Buy Now
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Add Recipe Note
Buy Now

Iconic American Desserts
by Stella Parks (W. W. Norton, $35)

There’s an unofficial two-part test around here that determines whether a new baking book is any good. First, copy editor and bakeophile Chris Hoelck “borrows” the galley and begins baking from it. If the book is good, he doesn’t stop. Such is the case with Bravetart, from award-winning pastry chef Stella Parks. Between the covers: recipes for just about every American dessert that ever existed, including chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, classic cherry and Key lime pies, devil’s and angel’s food cakes, plus engaging explanations on how many of these desserts came to be. The blondies and brownies Chris shared were spot on, but he was even more smitten with Parks’ Red (Wine) Velvet Cake—the wine underscores the fruity chocolate—and her method for caramelizing white chocolate by “roasting” it in the oven to give it a complex, malty flavor. But what many readers will love best is Parks’ homemade versions of the branded treats they grew up on: Nilla Wafers, Oreos, Milky Ways, and 3 Musketeers. As Parks notes in her introduction, she’s not out to “fix” these faves but rather to make them taste as they’re meant to be. Her versions are not as overly sweet as the packaged goods (a plus), but they still conjure that feeling you got upon opening your lunch box to find a Hostess Cupcake inside. In other words, pure joy.

Click here to purchase


Leave a Comment


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.


View All

Moveable Feast Logo

Season 4 Extras

Vercelli, Italy (510)

The home of Italy’s lush risotto rice, Vercelli lies in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking pays a…

View all Moveable Feast recipes and video extras


Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks