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Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts with Fruit--Inside, Outside, Alongside by David Lebovitz (Harper Collins) David Lebovitz loves fruit. From the richness of a summer blackberry to the mellow sweetness of a juicy mango, fruit inspires and delights this celebrated pastry chef. In Ripe for Dessert, Lebovitz, pastry cook at Chez Panisse for twelve years, shares his passion for fruit and his treasure trove of inspired, innovative, and luscious dessert recipes.

These sweets celebrate fruit in all its diverse glory, as Lebovitz 's imaginative recipes show off the best of every season and reward every dessert lover's fancy.

The seven chapters, with more than 130 recipes in all, are organized by category, with an eye to the seasons. They feature

  • Apples, pears, and quince from the fall harvest
  • Citrus and dried fruits from winter
  • Stone fruits and berries for the height of summer
  • Figs and melon for its waning days

Lebovitz 's signature tropical fruits desserts will surprise and delight your sweet tooth year round. Such light, elegant dishes as Pomegranate Granita and golden Honey-Poached Pears let the fruits' flavors shine, with minimal fuss or adornment. But Lebovitz is no Spartan; his recipes go all out, with rich cakes and creamy custards, pastries, frozen desserts, and soufflés, accented and enlivened by complex fruit flavors. A luxurious Lemon-Ginger Crème Brûlée puts a tart, fruity twist on a classic sweet, while a Candied Orange and Rosy Rhubarb Sauce raises a perfect, anise-scented Ricotta Cake to a new level of sophistication. For chocolate lovers, Lebovitz presents pairings that will surprise and satisfy, including Anise-Orange Ice Cream Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce, Pear and Fig Chutney with Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse, and a Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Prunes, Cranberries, and Kumquats in Port. Lebovitz even offers a thirst-quenching Gingery Lemonade.

With Ripe for Desserts bounty of easy, user-friendly recipes, you can transform your favorite fruits of every season into dishes that will impress and delight the dessert lovers in your life.

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