The Ultimate Cheesecake Cookbook

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To taste the Ultimate Cheesecake is to love it!

Imagine the creamiest, dreamiest, yummiest cheesecake you've ever tasted. Now imagine having it all for yourself whenever you want it! The Ultimate Cheesecake Cookbook makes homemade cheesecake so incredibly easy and fun, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect dessert for every occasion. Famed radio personality Joey Reynolds and the queen of cheesecakes herself, Myra "Mother Wonderful" Chanin, have created lighthearted and simple-to-follow recipes for dozens of delicious cheesecakes--some fancy enough for your most formal dinner parties, some so easy they're practically instant--in lucsious flavors like Butter Nut, Apricot Almond, Strawberry Rhubarb, Chocolate Mint, Jomocha, and Ginger Pear. Joey and Myra also teach you how to make cheesecake muffing and cookies, as well as no-bake cheesecakes for those hot summer days, and they supply the key to creating your own custom cheesecake flavors.

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If your ultimate cheesecake is rich and creamy, heavy with cream cheese, and best eaten in slivers, look no further. Joey Reynolds, syndicated talk-show host, and Myra Chanin, cookbook author and food writer, have teamed up to deliver the mother lode of cheesecake recipes. Although there are dozens and dozens of recipes in this book, they are all variations of two basic ones--baked and nonbaked.

With flavors as interesting as Cranberry Mint Cheesecake, Apricot Streusel Cheesecake, White Cassis Cheesecake, and Honey Fig Cheesecake, you'll use this book as much for ideas as you will for the recipes. Reynolds and Chanin love flavorings and extracts, and they begin by recommending their favorite producers and then use almost every flavor made by them. With the "Bonus" Magic Formula Which Will Allow You to Experiment and Concoct Your Own Personally Flavored Baked Cheesecake, you can add any of the flavors they haven't already, and you'll never have to make the same flavor twice. Reynolds and Chanin are imaginative and are sure to get your creative juices flowing with decadences such as Southern Peach Cheesecake, made with peach extract and preserves, coconut flakes, and chopped pecans, and crowd-pleasers such as Jamoca Cheesecake, made with instant espresso, coffee-flavored liqueur, chocolate, and walnuts. These are not the flat-topped, custardlike cheesecakes that belong on fine-dining dessert carts, but rather the rich, dense, lightly browned New York-style cheesecakes that gave the dessert its American-icon status. Don't worry about the cracks, Reynolds and Chanin reassure us--the baked sour-cream topping is the perfect foil. With 23 tips to encourage us, such as Think Positive, Use Plastic-Wrap Mittens to Press Down the Crumb-Crust Mix Around the Pan, and Never Bake Cheesecakes at the Last Minute, novice bakers should feel confident and will be amused by the authors' lighthearted tones.

The second master recipe is The Magic Formula Which Will Allow You to Experiment and Concoct Your Own Personally Flavored Nonbaked Cheesecake. It comes at the end of a chapter of recipes for nonbaked cheesecakes such as Holiday Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake, Banana-Split Cheesecake, and Caramel Nut Cheesecake. These nonbaked cheesecakes call for sweetened condensed milk and an acidic fruit juice, which makes them to set up the way Key Lime Pie is set. They also contain a "fruit protector" (ascorbic acid and corn sugar) called Fruit Fresh.

The final section of the book is "Other People's Cheesecakes," and it serves to remind us that even if you already have our own favorite cheesecake recipes and techniques, you can never have too many. --Leora Y. Bloom

About the Author:

A South Buffalo, New York native, Joey Reynolds is one of the most beloved and longest-running radio personalities in America. His nationally syndicated talk show broadcasts from WOR Radio 710 AM in New York City. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of his role as a significant rock DJ and for his accomplishments in radio, television, and music. The Joey Reynolds cheesecake sells by mail order across the country. Joey Reynolds has two daughters.

Known to cheesecake lovers and food readers alike as "Mother Wonderful", Myra Chanin is the author of Mother Wonderful's Cheesecakes and Other Goodies, Jewish Penicillin: Mother Wonderful's Profusely Illustrated Guide to the Proper Presentation of Chicken Soup, and The Secret Life of Mother Wonderful. Chanin is the food editor and restaurant critic for Philadelphia Style magazine and a contributor to several other publications. She's a frequent culinary and travel commentator on NPR's nationally syndicated show A Chef's Table with Jim Coleman, and on The Joey Reynolds Show.

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