The book is exquisitely photographed by the award-winning New York team Peden + Munk, whose work appears regularly in Bon Appétit. Drawing inspiration from numerous culinary traditions, recipes are included for cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, tarts, pies, puddings and confectionery, from speculaas biscuits and financiers to pavlova, pana cotta and Persian love cakes. All have the Ottolenghi hallmarks of fresh ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings, including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio and cardamom, to name but a few.There is something here to delight everyone – simple sweets parents can make with their children as well as recipes that will inspire the most accomplished of bakers.
Helen Goh was born in Malaysia but started her cooking career in Australia, where she had migrated with her family as a girl. After 7 years as head pastry chef at Donovans, a landmark Melbourne restaurant, she moved to London and soon joined Ottolenghi. She has worked closely with Yotam as the lead product developer for the past ten years. Helen draws widely on Asian, Western and Middle Eastern influences in her cooking – and of course, on her love of sweets.