This illustrated book pairs 68 classic desserts from around the world with step-by-step photography and ideas for variations, totaling more than 400 recipes. Readers can use it to master the classics, such as New York cheesecake, crème brûleé, crêpes, macaroons and meringues. Each classic is followed by different interpretations on that recipe. Some are familiar, while others introduce exciting new flavor pairings.
There are also ideas for how to decorate and present show-stopping desserts. Written by North Carolina author Caroline Bretherton and writer/photographer Kristan Raines. Published by DK. Hardcover, 304 pages, $35 (print); $22.99 (e-book).