Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts
Roland Mesnier & Mark Ramsdell
The White House Historical Association
9781931917902, $TBA, HC, 255pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Roland Mesnier is the White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier and Mark Ramsdell is his pastry assistant.
In "Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef's Secrets", Mesnier, who served five presidential families from 1979-2006, reveals the secrets of his pastry techniques and shares his celebrated recipes. Mesnier makes professional desserts possible for cooks of all abilities.
Mesnier and Ramsdell both share insights into the accomplishments of the White House Pastry Shop--including steps for constructing the extravagant sweet displays that were often the centerpieces of White House events. Their notable masterpieces included a flock of blown sugar trumpet swans and a life-sized chocolate American eagle.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout, and featuring succinct descriptions of the individual White House events in which the individual dishes were featured, the recipes...