by Deborah Madison
Broadway Books, $32.50
It’s often said that ripe fruit is the perfect end to a good meal, but if you love dessert, what you really want is that peach plus a little something more. That’s exactly what Deborah Madison serves up in this lovely new book. With restraint, reverence, and a sure hand, she crafts amazing desserts that honor all that’s glorious about in-season fruit. Her tactic is simple: She pairs an exquisite fruit with a flattering accompaniment or two, like Fuyu persimmon with a few drops of hazelnut oil, or fragrant strawberries with really good shortbread cookies and basil-infused whipped cream. These are desserts that depend not on baking prowess but rather on the quality of the ingredients.