The French Cook: Cream Puffs & Eclairs a new release, October 1, 2013 (Gibbs Smith)
The second book in The French Cook series, following The French Cook: Sauces, classically French trained author Holly Herrick dips into the marvelously versatile world of choux pastry, or pate a choux. The buttery, nutty, even-flavor of this dough invites myriad flavors, in both sweet and savory categories and in many shapes – cream puffs, eclairs, rings, and more.
Whether it be a savory petit eclair filled with an avocado mousse layered with bacon and tomatoes, choux “gnocchi” with a buttered herb sauce, three cheese gougeres with black pepper, a sweet Dreamsicle orange cream puff with a dark chocolate sauce, a salted caramel macadamia ice cream-filled profiterole with a warm caramel sauce, an Almond Joy cream puff, or a hot-from-the-fryer beignet with a cool, fresh raspberry sauce, taste delights are found all along the way.
Holly dedicates the front of the book to the art of demystifying the “puff,” making choux pastry an easy and accessible medium for every cook, novice, professional or anyone in-between. There is a chapter on sweet sauces to go along with the sweet cream puffs and eclairs and expert tips on piping, baking and garnishing these uniquely French delights.
Available for pre-order now on Amazon, the beautifully designed and photographed book will be released on October 1, 2013, just in time for the holiday baking season.
The French Cook: Sauces a new release, March 1, 2013 (Gibbs Smith)
The French Cook: Sauces is the first in a series that will simplify and demystify French cuisine for the American home cook. A little French cooking course in a book filled with how-to photos and step-by-step instructions. Holly explains how to prepare all five classic French mother sauces: veloute, bechamel, tomates, espagnole/brown sauces/reductions and hollandaise with many derivatives for each. Beautiful and delicious, the book will be released March 1, 2013. Loook for The French Cook: Cream Puffs and Eclairs in fall, 2013.
Food Lovers’ Charleston and Savannah, The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings. Released December, 2011, Globe Pequot Press. 264 pages; ISBN-10: 0762760125. The ultimate guide to the food scene in Charleston and Savannah provides the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Written for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including: food festivals and culinary events; specialty food shops; farmers’ markets and farm stands; trendy restaurants and time-tested iconic landmarks; and recipes using local ingredients and traditions. Read reviews on Amazon.
Tart Love – Sassy, Savory, and Sweet. Released October, 2011 (Gibbs Smith) ISBN-10: 1423618947. Filled with sweet and savory recipes for marvelous little pies, Tart Love is a course in pastry making as well as a guide to using seasonal fruits produce to create scrumptious, palate-pleasing desserts and main-dish tarts.
Holly Herrick is a multi-awarded food writer and an honors recipient of Le Grande Diplome in Pastry and Cuisine, Paris, France. She has written for many southern regional publications and was the award-winning restaurant critic for Charleston’s Post and Courier for eight years. She is the author of Southern Farmers Market Cookbook and The Charleston Chef’s Table Cookbook: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South (Three Forks Press, Dec., 2010). She resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Southern Farmers Market Cookbook. Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publication date: 2009. Pages: 160 p. ISBN: 9781423604747. The time to eat healthy and buy locally has arrived. Buying at farmers markets means getting better, fresh-picked produce that leads to amazing home-cooked meals. Southern Farmers Market Cookbook teaches how to enjoy shopping at local markets and gives instruction on what to look for and what’s to be expected to make the experience more fulfilling and fun. Read selected reviews.
The Charleston Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South Publisher: Globe Pequot Press. Publication date: 2010. Pages: 208 p. ISBN: 9780762750108. Charleston has matured into a world-class culinary destination, and now locals and visitors alike can take home a bit of the city’s incomparable flavor in The Charleston Chef’s Table. This sumptuously illustrated book profiles more than sixty of the city’s best restaurants and includes a signature recipe from each. From Roadside Dives to upscale eateries, Southern to Chinese, Holly Herrick leaves no stone unturned as she winnows Charleston’s 1,500 restaurant down to her top picks. Read selected reviews.