Last Thursday I went to listen to cookbook author Alice Medrich talk about her new book, Pure Dessert. She's written five books about chocolate, but this book celebrates more unusual ingredients and is organized by type of ingredient instead of by type of baked good. (There is still a small chapter about chocolate.) She said that "the only reason to write a cookbook is to learn something new and turn around and share it." As a nice surprise she literally shared the results of her creativity and brought samples.
Among the samples were Olive Oil and Sherry Pound Cake:
and Dried Fruit and Nut Cake:
The third sample was chocolate brownies dusted with freshly ground nutmeg. Nice.