‘Sweet Chic’: Dish up desserts with style, flair

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Entertainment,Joana Suleiman

The idea of slaving over a dessert after preparing a full meal may turn many off to the joys of baking. On many occasions, people are just too full to eat what you’ve made.

It’s with that in mind that Rachel Shifter Thebault, founder and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats in New York City, chose to write “Sweet Chic: Stylish Treats to Dress Up for Any Occasion,” a beautiful book that shows you how to transform basic desserts into a masterpiece brimming with flair.

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When » Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Where » Borders Bookstore, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
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‘Sweet Chic: Stylish Treats to Dress Up for Any Occasion

Author » Rachel Shifter Thebault
Publisher » Ballantine Books
Price » $28

“My philosophy of baking is simple and comparable to the advice of many fashion experts: Use a little black dress (and a few other staples) as the foundation of your wardrobe and change the accessories to dress the foundation for multiple desserts,” writes Thebault.

For example, “Sweet Chic” offers one base recipe for a chocolate cake batter and provides alternative baking methods and variety of icing suggestions. The cakes and icings in this book can be mixed and matched in more than 50 delectable combinations. These recipes really allow you to personalize your desserts for any special occasion.

Thebault applied the same small-size dessert concept of Tribeca Treats to the recipes in this book.

“What I’ve realized is that a plate of elegant cookies or mini cupcakes at the end of a meal goes a long way toward letting your guests linger over conversation and their last glass of wine,” Thebault told The Examiner.

“Sweet Chic” not only has delicious and unique recipes — like salt and pepper chocolate and wasabi black sesame truffles — but also includes a full chapter on basic techniques and tools you need to make your favorite recipes a raving success.

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Joana Suleiman

Production Editor
The Washington Examiner