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Susan Purdy-Which books do you recommend

Meryl's picture

I've never read any of Susan Purdy's books, but would like to check them out. I've ordered "The Perfect Cake" (used to be "A Piece Of Cake)" from the local Barnes and Noble, so I'll be able to look through it in a few weeks when it comes in. However, there are two others I'm interested in, which B&N doesn't carry, both with lowfat or reduced fat recipes: "Have Your Cake and Eat It Too" and "Let Them Eat Cake." Does anyone have either or both of these books, and how are the recipes? Thanks.



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Jean's picture

(post #62608, reply #1 of 19)

Both of those books can be bought used for $10 or under at AdAll.

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Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #2 of 19)


Jean, Is that a website? I can't find it.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst


Edited 3/16/2004 10:05 pm ET by Meryl

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Jean's picture

(post #62608, reply #3 of 19)

Yes.  http://www.addall.com/Used/

I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #4 of 19)

Thanks!


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #5 of 19)

"A Piece of Cake" is a fantastic book. The revised addition ( A Perfect Cake) appears to add a few recipes, but should still be great.


Let them eat cake is indeed geared towards low fat sweets - and the recipes are pretty good. I just don't make dessert enough to go that route. :-)


 


"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #6 of 19)

Thanks, Wolvie. I'll be able to check it out when it comes in from B&N. So far, the consensus on egullet is to go for "Perfect Cake," but to stick to Alice Medrich's "Chocolate and the Art of Lowfat Desserts" for lowfat baking. Unfortunately, that book is out of print, or "unavailable," as they say on several websites. It's available used, but I would rather have a new version. I regret not buying it when it was on the market. 


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

RheaS's picture

(post #62608, reply #7 of 19)

My Medrich book looks terrible. My former chocolate lab companion took a chunk out of the front cover and the binding. Bad, bad puppy. Anyway, you may still want to look at the Purdy low-fat books. I think she follows a similar approach as Medrich, but it's been a couple of years since I've browsed through the Purdy boosk.

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #8 of 19)

Too bad about your Medrich book, but at least you have one! Maybe it will be reissued like the Purdy book, who knows? If my local library carries either of the Purdy lowfat books, I'm in luck, because I'll be able to preview them; otherwise I'll just check out the high fat one when it comes in from B&N. Anyway, high fat is better for us than lowfat, isn't it? (she says tongue in cheek, pun intended). Woody Allen discovered this fact in "Sleeper."



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

cuneo's picture

(post #62608, reply #19 of 19)

It was fate. How can a Chocolate lab resist a Chocolate book??

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #9 of 19)

sounds like a plan. The e-gullet folks know their stuff. I don't bake enough low fat to have tested all the recipes. When I go for that - I go fruit. :-)


With summer approaching, we'll be doing berries and cheese, fruit and cheese, etc for our "dessert" courses. I love the upcoming season!


"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #10 of 19)

Hey Wolvie, do you grow your own berries also?!



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #11 of 19)

strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries yes. I used to have wild blueberries all over the yard at my home in MA, none here in WV.


I'm planning on adding a few other things soon.


Edited to add: when we moved to WV, we inherited apples, peaches, plums, and cherries. Not a bad thing. :-)



"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child


Edited 3/18/2004 6:45 am ET by Wolvie

 

helena's picture

(post #62608, reply #12 of 19)

That sounds like your own delicious piece of heaven to me :o)

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #13 of 19)

well - I wasn't having fruit withdrawal last summer. ;-)


Withdrawal from a lot of other things, but not that!


"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #14 of 19)

I'm in awe. Ya want a roommate?


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #15 of 19)

sure - but you also have to be able to tolerate the boonies. ;-)

"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #16 of 19)

That's a tough one.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62608, reply #17 of 19)

indeed it is, trust me. :-)

"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

Meryl's picture

(post #62608, reply #18 of 19)

Wolvie, thanks for the recommendation.  I picked up "Perfect Cake" from B&N yesterday and it's a great book! Will let you know my results when I try out some of the recipes.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.