We are very excited that Valerie's first cookbook, SWEET, was a James Beard Award Finalist! A labor of love years in the making, SWEET contains the recipes to many of the most popular items from Valerie Confections, developed since the company was founded in 2004. Beyond sharing her favorite recipes, Valerie uses SWEET to share the way she approaches baking, incorporating unique ingredients and techniques that will allow you to use the recipes as a starting point to create your own memorable desserts. Favorite desserts like petits fours, cakes, truffles, and cookies have been perfected with the addition of candied rose petals, atomized chocolate, fleur de sel, matcha tea, and other special ingredients. Valerie re-creates desserts from Los Angeles’s lost restaurants such as Chasen’s and the Brown Derby; she simplifies the process of making jam; she provides an accessible way to mix and match components so readers can design their own luscious cakes and pies. Filled with helpful tricks, recipes for a range of tastes, and gorgeous full-color photographs, Sweet is destined to become every baker’s favorite cookbook. We've loved sharing these treats with you over the years, and, with SWEET, love that you can now make them at home. The hardcover version is available for purchase at local bookstores, at all Valerie locations, and the following online retailers: Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell’s
Normally I have a great experience with Valerie’s products but this was disappointing. I have friends who are fans and was going to give the two books I ordered as a Christmas gift. I received my package today but not one area in either book was signed when it clearly is advertised on the website. Otherwise, the recipes & accompanying photos are gorgeous, which is why I gave 3 stars.