Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review - Sweetie! 50 delectable treats

I have a terrible sweet tooth. It's usually best if I avert my eyes when I walk by a beautiful cake shop lest I succumb to temptation. While chocolate is my main weakness, all kinds of sweets make me salivate Pavlov-style (mmm, did someone say pavlova?...Okay, focus!).

So how could I resist this title? Sweetie!: 50 delectable treats is illustrated by Daniella Germain and between the covers there are so many delicious recipes and gorgeous watercolour illustrations, it's enough to make you want to drop everything you're doing and make something yummy NOW. I like the look of the profiteroles with chocolate-espresso sauce, the lemon meringue cupcakes, the pecan caramel tartlets, the rocky road pops...do I need to go on?

I love Daniella's sweet style (ha! pardon the pun). I also have her gorgeous illustrated cookbook My Abuela's Table which is full of delicious recipes from her Mexican grandmother. So it's safe to say, I'm a fan. I'll also let you in on a little secret. Just between you and me, I'm interviewing her on the blog tomorrow! So drop by to hear about her working methods and how she got her big break in illustration (it's an amazing story!).

Daniella told me that in illustrating Sweetie! she used photo reference from the cookbook Bitesize (on which this book is based). 'It was torture staring at all those sweets for two months'. I can well imagine! Every page includes an illustration so there must have been quite a lot of work involved in creating this little gem. But it was worth it. Because the result is a very pretty book full of lovely recipes. It would make an awesome gift but if you like treats and you like illustrations, then you could just do what I did and buy it as a gift for yourself!

Oh, and I love the hardcover design under the dust jacket. Love little surprises like this!

Check out Sweetie!, published by Hardie Grant.