{Cookbook Review} Abby Dodge’s Desserts 4 Today and Giveaway!

by Alice Currah on August 26, 2010. Updated August 30, 2010

Earlier this week I posted this amazing recipe for 4 – Ingredients Nutella Brownies from Abby Dodge’s new cookbook, Desserts 4 Today.  Each recipe only requires 4 ingredients in this clever, simple cookbook -every dessert lovers dream come true!  I’ve also made her cinnamon-basil ice cream which my husband was skeptical about until he tried a bite and exclaimed this was his new favorite ice cream flavor.  The thought of eating basil infused ice cream was a revelation in itself to him and he’s a convert now – Hallelujah and Amen.  I’ve also had the Orange-Scented White Chocolate-Blackberry Mousse, too!  Can I just tell you how much I’ve enjoyed each of these recipes?!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Abby in Bucks Country, PA at an all-day workshop we both were speaking at.  She is an amazing women who is very likable, approachable, passionate, and kind.  Abby is a seasoned cookbook author with seven cookbooks to her credit including many authored under the William-Sonoma series of cookbooks.  She is also a pastry-chef and a Fine Cooking Magazine contributing editor.  Abby also has a great website at AbbyDodge.com.

I told her how much I was looking forward to the release of her cookbook and she generously gave me her own copy to take home with me on the flight.  The moment I started scanning each page I instantly fell in love with this cookbook.  I love desserts and the idea of a cookbook completely dedicated to 125 dessert recipes only requiring four ingredients was just what this mom of three kids needed!  When you think about it, the concept is so brilliant.

The recipes are simple, approachable, and flavorful.  Each recipe has the ingredients clearly listed on a left side bar and the directions in the right.  The photos are beautiful and honest.  You get a true glimpse at what the recipe is suppose to look like.  As an FYI: Many of the recipes use ingredients you probably have on hand already – bonus.

Because Abby is a cookbook author or several cookbooks, including ones focused on baking and cooking with kids, it is no surprise the recipes in her latest cookbook are written in a clear, straightforward voice.  Children could easily prepare many of these recipes without problem.  These everyday dessert recipes will satisfy the sweet tooth of both friends and family.  I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who loves dessert, esp. families.

Remember when I told you Abby Dodge was really kind?  I wasn’t kidding.  She and her publisher, Taunton Press, have generously provided three copies of Desserts 4 Today for Savory Sweet Life Readers.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite dessert.

If you would like an additional entry, tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following…

Just entered to win a copy of Abby Dodge’s Desserts 4 Today cookbook  http://bit.ly/cGTu9J #SavorySweetLife #AbbyDodge

Come back here and leave an additional comment with your Twitter handle letting me know you tweeted.  One copy of the book will be reserved from the Twitter entries.

Contest will close Sunday evening (Aug 29) at 9pm PST and winners will be chosen at random (random.org) and announced shortly after.  Contest is open to those with US mailing addresses.

Watch Abby’s book trailer for Desserts 4 Today!

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Kel August 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

I’m a simple kind of girl…I LOVE strawberry shortcake with fresh cream…YUM!

Kel August 28, 2010 at 11:01 am
Margaret August 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

I love Blackberry cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

ATLKristen August 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Chocolate cake w/vanilla ice cream

katie August 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I am a sucker for sweets, so this is going to be a hard one. I think probably my ultimate favorite is cheesecake. I had one every year for my birthday growing up. I have always loved it- and find an excuse to make it. :)

missweb August 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Plum cake with vanilla ice cream. Gotta run out and make those brownies!!!

Justeen August 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

i absolutely love all things sweet, but i think my favorite would be tiramisu :)

Lizzy Homemaker August 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

My ALL TIME favorite dessert is creme brulee (with fresh strawberry drizzle and cut up strawberries)….yum!!!

Kim August 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I don’t think I can pick a favorite because I love so many desserts. Today it would be peach cobbler with ice cream. Tomorrow, who knows….?

Jean August 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Hi! I’m a new reader…and am loving your photos! I love desserts so it’s hard to pick just one favorite, but at this moment, it’s chocolate chip cookies.

amber August 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm

How does one narrow down to one favorite dessert??? I guess in summer it would have to be fresh seasonal fruit with vanilla icecream, and in winter anything chocolatey :)

Kate August 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

My favorite dessert is Crème brûlée, I love all different flavors of Crème brûlée including the traditional vanilla bean!

Kate August 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

…and its been tweeted @kreativekate

martina fegan August 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love ice cream, anything made with ice cream. Cupcakes are right up there as a favorite as well!

Melissa Deming August 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I love Apple pie!!!!

payal August 29, 2010 at 1:39 am

coffee icecream

Rose August 29, 2010 at 2:57 am

Gooey and chewy chocolate cookies studded (okay, packed) with peanut butter chips. A really close second is a creamy, vanilla bean flecked flan. (I think I may have gained five pounds just thinking about these desserts!)

Taelin August 29, 2010 at 4:44 am

Alice, my favorite dessert are Crepes with Nutella, strawberries, ice-cream, and whipped topping! YUM!

Stefanie August 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

My favorite dessert key lime cheesecake.

Stefanie August 29, 2010 at 8:35 am

Luvschrome just tweeted this.

Charlene August 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

That is like asking a mother to name her favorite child! If I had to say just one, I guess it would be pound cake.

Cheryl August 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

My Favorite Dessert would have to be my mamas mud pie brownies with vanilla ice cream and sue’s hot fudge sauce on top.. YUM

Alison August 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I can’t wait for her new book and love your post on the Nutella Brownies. My favorite dessert is any type of cobbler and homemade warm chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.

LC August 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

My favorite dessert is warm and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies! So delicious with a glass of milk!

Kathleen P August 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Any type of fruit cobbler makes me happy!

MikeW August 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I have a real sweet tooth … there are very few desserts I’d not enjoy … but I really love ice cream!

Favorite flavors: black raspberry from Strickland’s in Akron Ohio (they only have vanilla, chocolate & the “flavor of the day” but it’s worth the wait & you won’t be disappointed in the interim); the pistachio gelato from a little gelatoria in Tuscany that was such an ugly shade of green that I almost didn’t order it; pineapple from the creamery in Chincateague Virginia.

.:kj:. August 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Anything with fruit! Pies, cobblers, yum!

Sunchowder August 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I adore Tiramisu!

JulieD August 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I love vanilla ice cream on top of a warm brownie topped with whipped cream. :)

Adrienne August 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

My favorite dessert? Hmmmm… so many. Chocolate croissants, creme brulee, banana bread, and chocolate anything. Oh, and lemon meringue pie. :)

JulieD August 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm
AmyRuth August 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I love ice cream and my new fav is Burnt Sugar Ice Cream with a simple chocolate ganache tart in a sweet tart crust.

AmyRuth August 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hi….just tweeted for you and my twitter name is AmyRuthBakes

@angel206 August 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I love CHOCOLATE. Cake,Brownies,Cupcakes,Chocolate Mousse,Pudding,Cookies,Chocolate Pie,Chocolate Pizza(Yummy)I am a true CHocolate lover.But everyone doesn’t like chocolate SO I would love to win this book because It would allow me to explore other areas of dessert besides,CHOCOLATE and be able to not only introduce myself to other flavors but also my guests that come to visit me(adults/kids).

@angel206 August 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I just tweeted you that I left comment my twit name is @angel206. Thanks.

Adrianna August 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

eek! my internet went down just as i was posting. my fave is pear-cranberry pie with gingersnap topping! delish!

maybelles mom August 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

kheer for sure, Condensed milk, rice, cardamom and saffron. (you could add other things but then not 4 ingredients.)

Eve August 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I love boston creme pie!!!


Nora B August 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm

my favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies, of course!

Cookin' Canuck August 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

My favorite dessert, ever since I was a little girl, has always been chocolate mousse. I just can’t get enough of the smooth texture.

I discovered basil in ice cream this past year when I had a chocolate-basil ice cream at a local restaurant. Fantastic!

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