Clouds for Dessert by Susan Lowell
Sweet Treats from the Wild West

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Ever taste a cloud? Or take a bite out of the Grand Canyon? What if the West could taste the way it looks? Clearly, some of the great natural phenomena would have to be spectacular desserts.

And so they are, for desserts of all foods are the most open to fantasy and fun. A little kitchen magic can turn the Rocky Mountains into snowcapped sundaes, or wild, rough, piggy javelinas into ginger cookies, or even cactus into Popsicles, pancakes, and tender rosy pies.

The best food of a region expresses a sense of place in a way nothing else can. This is especially true of the American Southwest. These 50 recipes express climates and geography (pomegranates and citrus from the desert, piñon nuts and apples from the mountains) as well as history and culture (Tohono O'odham saguaro syrup, Spanish flan, cowboy cake, New Mexican biscochitos, and very chi-chi nouvelle Southwest chocolate mousse pie). 24 color photographs.


About Susan Lowell

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Susan Lowell lives in Tucson, Arizona. She is the author of many books, including "The Three Little Javelinas" and "The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit," Randy Cecil illustrated "The Singing Chick" and "Dear Dr. Silly Bear," He lives in Houston, Texas.
Published August 9, 2004 by Rio Nuevo Publishers. 84 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Other recipes—such as those for Southwestern cookies, cakes and sweet breads, and fruit desserts like Biscochitos, Tres Leches Cake, Pan de Muerto and Apple Empanadas—are presented with Western legends and history, family stories and amusing asides.

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