The Sweet Spot (Hardcover)

Asian-Inspired Desserts

By Pichet Ong, Genevieve Ko

William Morrow Cookbooks, 9780060857677, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2007

List Price: 29.95*
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When it comes to Asian desserts, most Americans think of fortune cookies. But, in fact, the Far East is home to a dazzling array of sweets rich with tropical fruits, crunchy nuts, aromatic spices, and, yes, even chocolate.

In The Sweet Spot, renowned pastry chef Pichet Ong presents a collection of one hundred recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, puddings, ice creams, candies, and more. There are traditional Asian desserts with innovative twists, such as Sesame Balls, Mango Sticky Rice, and Almond Tofu, and classic American favorites, like Spiced Coconut Brownies, Banana Cream Pie, and Cream Puffs, livened up with Asian ingredients and cooking techniques.

Eschewing the heavy use of butter and sugar, Ong instead highlights the vibrant flavors of Asia—jasmine, lychee, orange blossom water, passion fruit, yuzu, mangosteen, and sesame, to name just a few. And despite the complexity of flavors and textures, all of the recipes are easy enough to make in home kitchens, requiring minimal effort for maximum results. Dazzle dinner-party guests with elegant showstoppers—Thai Tea White Chocolate Tart, Coconut Cream Pie with Toasted Jasmine Rice Crust—or delight the family with simple weeknight treats—Pomegranate Sherbet, Ginger Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

The Sweet Spot includes lush color photographs of almost all of the finished dishes, and a foreword from legendary restaurateur and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Savory Asian cuisine has been popular in America for years. Now it's time to embrace the enticing range of exotic desserts.

About the Author

Pichet Ong is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked in many of America's top restaurants, including Chez Panisse, Jean Georges, La Folie, and Spice Market. Ong's work has been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food Arts, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, Saveur, and the New York Times. He was named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Arts & Design. He is the chef and owner of P*ONG, a dessert spot in New York City.

Genevieve Ko is a graduate of Yale University. She is a freelance food writer and a consultant to chefs and restaurants. She lives in New York City.

Praise For The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts

“A standout and one of the most original dessert books in years...”
— New York Times Book Review

“...filled with recipes that are at once innovative and comforting.”
— O magazine

“Pichet covers the Asian dessert idiom...”
— Bobby Flay

“You will be thrilled whenever you make any of these wonderful, super-delicious, desserts.”
— Maida Heatter, author of Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts

“Pichet brings his Asian roots and sensibility to create incredible desserts that are both comforting and refreshing...”
— Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef, Farallon Restaurant

“An original must have dessert book!”
— Sherry Yard, pastry chef & author of The Secrets of Baking

“Ong presents more than 100 accessible, top-notch recipes...a visual treat as well as a culinary one.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

... a unique cookbook that bridges East and West.
— Library Journal

“A must-have for avid pastry makers. The recipes are clever, intriguing, and utterly original - just like Pichet.”
— Melissa Clark

“An amazing debut from a leading authority and innovator. Pichet demystifies Asian desserts and excites us with updated classics. Bravo!”
— Susanna Foo

“Pichet manages to brilliantly realize the grand potential of combining eastern and western cuisine.”
— Nancy Silverton