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  1. IMO this is a much better Polish cookbook, usually quite pricey but currently on sale (Kindle Edition): From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food Kindle Edition $2.99US (I'm a US Prime member and the price you see may vary)
  2. Magnum opus from the late, great Jewish food authority Gil Marks - Kindle version was on sale for a nanosecond the other week; on sale again now but not sure how long will last: Encyclopedia of Jewish Food Kindle Edition $3.99US
  3. Thanks for the feedback. Decided to go with Petrossian. I tried the individual-sized version of their Black Forest cake, which bears scant resemblance to a classic Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte. It has a chocolate cake base, topped by a wonderfully light chocolate mousse studded with unpitted kirsch-soaked cherries. This is covered with whipped cream and fine chocolate shavings and decorated on top with what look like two ultra-glossy decorative cherries: one caramel colored, and the other dark brown and perched on an edible swirled-chocolate stick. Some crispy chocolate "beebees" are scattered ab
  4. I've been tasked with ordering a cake for a large-ish family party (23 people) this weekend, and the guest of honor has a soft spot for chocolate and cherries. I've considered Payard's Sacher Cake (I know, it has raspberry, not cherry) and the Black Forest cakes made by the Manhattan branch of Two Little Red Hens and Petrossian's NY bakery, respectively. I am leaning towards the Petrossian BF cake, since it's more elegant than the traditional-looking TLRH version, and was wondering if anyone has had recent experiences with the pastries there. I believe that the current Petrossian pastry chef i
  5. I just returned from a month in Dresden, with side trips to Berlin, Erfurt, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Würzburg and Frankfurt. I enjoyed the eastern part of Germany more than the western part; Leipzig and Erfurt in particular are lively, attractive cities with many interesting dining and cultural options. Dresden has made impressive strides in rebuilding; the exterior of the reconstructed Frauenkirche is pretty much complete and has finally filled the major gap in the pre-war Altstadt silhouette. I also had one of the most exquisite meals I've ever had at Caroussel, the Michelin-starred restaurant in
  6. Paul, thanks very much for the recommendations -- I will report back when I return to NY in November! James
  7. I will be spending the month of October in Dresden. Any dining or other culinary recommendations in the city or the surrounding area would be greatly appreciated. I'm having dinner at Caroussel in the Hotel Bülow Residenz when I arrive, but that's it so far. Thanks in advance.
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