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In "Decadent Desserts: Recipes from Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte", Countess Crisitina de Vogue invites us into the splendor of her home at the chateau and divulges sixty-three recipes from her exclusive collection. Personally selected from family recipe books and the chateau's archives, passed along by close friends, or inspired by her international travels, these decadent desserts are the perfect finale to an elegant meal. From Grandmothers Chocolate Gateau to Strawberry Tiramisu , and from Lady Cawdors Orange Souffle to Floating Islands with Pink Pralines and Green Tea Custard, these recipes from a seasoned hostess are suited to every occasion, from afternoon tea to holiday feasts.The book opens with the history of the chateau, whose impressive architecture and idyllic gardens were the inspiration for Versailles. Stunning original photography showcases the finished desserts in the atmospheric interior spaces and shaded gardens of Vaux- le- Vicomte. From the chateau's lush brocade upholstery and fine crisp linens to its crystal tableware and silver place settings, this volume is rich in the details that define French style, and it offers a multitude of serving ideas. Dessert lovers and all those inspired by traditional French decoration and style will appreciate this unique volume.
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Countess Cristina de Vogue is the daughter of an Italian diplomat and a Russian mother. When she married the heir to Vaux-le-Vicomte, she applied her talent as a hostess not only to family receptions, but also to the chateau's restaurant and gift shop. Thomas Dhellemmes' photographs were featured in The Seven Sins of Chocolate, which won the 2004 Gourmand Cookbook Award. Delphine de Montalier, food stylist, has written several recipe books and contributes to Elle a Table, Saveur, and Glamour. Veronique Villaret, a photo stylist for interiors magazines, also designs fabrics. Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte was the setting for films including Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and the James Bond Moonraker.

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-Even if I can't live like a countess, at least with these recipes, I can entertain like one.- ENTREE -...just turning the pages of this book feels like an indulgence.- Southern Accents -...a stunningly designed large-format book that showcases luscious cakes, tarts, and other sweets.- France Today -Thomas Dhellemmes' lavish photographs show off the spectacular chateau, and the heavenly cakes, tarts, pies and souffles, presented on chairs and other antiques, make you want to eat the pages.- Edible Aspen -The arresting photographs, both historic and current, make this a coffee-table book to be gazed at and admired. Most of the recipes have fewer than six ingredients and come together in minutes.- United Media "Even if I can't live like a countess, at least with these recipes, I can entertain like one." ENTREE ..".just turning the pages of this book feels like an indulgence." Southern Accents ..".a stunningly designed large-format book that showcases luscious cakes, tarts, and other sweets." France Today "Thomas Dhellemmes' lavish photographs show off the spectacular chateau, and the heavenly cakes, tarts, pies and souffles, presented on chairs and other antiques, make you want to eat the pages." Edible Aspen "The arresting photographs, both historic and current, make this a coffee-table book to be gazed at and admired. Most of the recipes have fewer than six ingredients and come together in minutes." United Media

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