Grace’s Sweet Life
I was afforded the opportunity to review the cookbook, Grace’s Sweet Life – it is captivating from cover to cover. The delectable images, delicious recipes and well written text causes one to wish to attempt each recipe.
Grace so well describes techniques to Italian desserts that anyone would feel confident in their ability to recreate them.
How marvelous each recipe sounds in their Italian name.
Torta all’ Arancia – Orange Cake
Amaretti Morbidi – Soft Amaretti Cookies
Pesche Dolci – Italian Peach Cookies
Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa all’ Italiana – Lemon Meringue Tartlets.
Grace gives you the basics to pastry creams, meringues, pastry doughs, etc… that become the foundation to the very many wonderful recipes you could create.
Not only that, but Grace also gives you clear step-by-step instruction in each recipe detailing ingredients and tools required.
Grace was brought to the world of blogging and subsequently book authorship following the urging of her two dear children after experiencing two tragic events in her life. This brought life, love and joy to their home causing Grace to recall fond family memories.
‘Looking back I realize why I have such a passion for making and sharing food. When my mother was teaching me how to roll pasta or make cookies I didn’t just learn the art of cooking and baking. The importance of family. With each lesson in the kitchen, I learned the qualities that make me the person I am today: Waiting for the dough to rise taught me patience. Bringing new falvors together taught adventure. Knowing that we eat with our eyes first taught creativity. Watching people enjoy my freshly prepared treats taught fulfillment. And most important, tasting the freshest ingredients taught me to appreciate the best things in life’. – Grace Massa Langlois
I chose to recreate Grace’s ‘Torta Paradiso’ – Paradise Cake because of the lovely, romantic story behind the name of the cake. Originating from the Lombardi region of Italy, legend tells of a monk from the small town of Pavi who would sneak out of them monastary searching for herbs with healing powers. On one such adventure he came across a young bride who reportedly taught the monk the recipe. Unfortunately the monk was caught and caused to be imprisoned in the monastery and made to bake the cake for the other monks. He enjoyed making the cake – recalling the memory of the young bride and the other monks so loved the cake they named it ‘paradiso’.
I have found Grace’s cookbook so very Delightsome. We can become the beneficiaries of Grace’s lifetime of culinary knowledge, sage teachings from her mother and become acquainted with the ‘spirit of the Italian family kitchen. Entre come amici, vada come familgia (enter as friends and leave as family) To me this is the art and the heart of blogging.
By the way, the beautiful photography in Grace’s cookbook was done by
her daughter, Liana.
I do appreciate your visit and hope you have opportunity to obtain and try the delicious recipes from Grace’s cookbook, Grace’s Sweet Life.
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