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Banana Black Cake from Maida Heatter

  In last week’s Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review, I featured one of the works by an American icon: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts, http://www.cookingbythebook.com/cookbook-reviews/tbt-cookbook-review-maida-heatters-great-book-of-american-desserts/ This is a wonderful and important book, as valuable for its headnotes as the recipes. You can get a real survey of American desserts by reading those headnotes and…

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Devils Food Cake from Flo Braker

m4s0n501 There are a hundred versions of Devils Food Cake, or Devil’s if you still believe in English grammar. The “standard” ingredients have shifted substantially over the past century. Variations abound: with chocolate or with cocoa, with sour cream or with buttermilk or both. With water, even, as appears here in a lovely version from…

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Ginger Molasses Cookies from Flour by Joanne Chang

I don’t mean to be a bad person. I’m just weak. We were in Boston and while Suzen attended a conference, I was off exploring. We have two wonderful cookbooks, Flour and Flour Too by the most talented Joanne Chang. She was in graduate school, began baking and what do you know: cookbook author, master of…

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Bombin’ Blondies from Extreme Brownies by Connie Weis

I do remember my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Decades ago. Before two, or is it three, massive expansions. Now, the Museum is as big as a cruise ship. Then, it was smaller, more intimate. There were fewer people and it was quieter. And the paintings seemed to have more impact. There…

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