By Alice Waters
Clarkson Potter - 2007
Chocolate Cake : page 370
What a great cake! Great flavor, very moist, slices like a dream. We frosted it with chocolate cream cheese icing and loved it.
Coleslaw : page 244
The dullest coleslaw ever.
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake : page 369
This cake is wonderful. I actually had my doubts that the fresh cranberries and orange juice might not work and that the cake would be too soft to stand up to the fruit and caramel. It works beautifully and it looks gorgeous. The little bit of extra work (separating the eggs and making the meringue) results in such a lovely texture. And really it's not that much work--I think it took me about 20 minutes to make the caramel, cook the fruit, make the batter and get the cake into the oven. I cheated just a bit and did pour the batter over the fruit while it was still quite warm, but to no ill effect. I took the cake in its pan (I used a heavy nonstick cake pan) to a dinner party and turned it out onto a platter when I got there. It travelled well and looked so pretty. Everyone loved it--and even the dessert avoiders came back for more.
White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup : page 257
My friend served this to me for lunch today. She had used rosemary instead of sage and pureed the final product, so the soup was a smooth and pretty pale orange with flecks of green from the rosemary. It was absolutely delicious!