Friday, October 1, 2010

Butter is Better

Earlier this week I attended the Edesia Cookbook Discussion group founded by Emmy winner Kim Ode. Her guests were Zoe Francois, author of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, and Heidi Woodman, of Heidi's Restaurant. The discussion was about baking and their go to cookbooks.

Several they recommended: Rose's Heavenly Cakes, Ratio by Michael Ruhlman,Dessert Fourplay by Iuzzini and Finamore, On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee and The Last Course by Claudia Fleming of NY's Gramercy Tavern. Heidi said her most used "go to" book was The Joy of Cooking, it has the basic information everyone needs at some time. Good ideas for holiday gifts to bakers.

In the discussion about ingredients there were two important points.
1. always use unsalted butter (you can control the amount, but salt is essential)
2. Special salts make fabulous finishes, such as smoked salt on chocolate sorbet with pears.

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