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About Claire Saffitz
Claire Saffitz is a freelance recipe developer and video host. Previously, she was Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit magazine, where she worked for five years in the test kitchen. She is currently the host of the series Gourmet Makes on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel, where she uses her classical pastry knowledge to reverse engineer popular snack foods and candy.
Claire was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and now lives in New York City. She graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2009, studied classic French cuisine and pastry at École Grégoire Ferrandi in Paris in 2012, and completed her Masters degree in History at McGill University in 2014, where she focused on culinary History in the Early Modern Era.
Her first cookbook, Dessert Person, published by Clarkson Potter, debuts in October 2020. Dessert Person is a celebration of baking and pastry and all things sweet. But to Claire, being a self-described "dessert person" is also an attitude; it’s about embracing cooking and eating as fundamental sources of pleasure. This book empowers reluctant home bakers to bake with more confidence and approach food with greater joy, because anyone can be a dessert person -- even people who think they’re not.
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IACP AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Bon Appétit • NPR • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Salon • Epicurious
“There are no ‘just cooks’ out there, only bakers who haven't yet been converted. I am a dessert person, and we are all dessert people.”—Claire Saffitz
Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire’s signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe—like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)—as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.
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What's for Dessert includes lots of make-ahead, no bake, and simple stove top desserts, while still combining Claire's trademark of dependable recipes with wow-factor ingredient combinations to create showstopping and viral-worthy recipes. Filled with a variety of recipes including Chilled and Frozen Desserts (Tiramisu-y Ice Box Cake; Marbled Minty Chocolate Mousse), Easy Cakes (Whipped Tres Leches Cake with Hazelnuts), Pies, Tarts, Galettes, Cobblers, and Crisps (Strawberry-Ricotta Pie; S'mores Tart), Soufflés, Baked Custards, and More Desserts From the Oven (Cajeta Pot de Creme) and Puddings + Stirred Custards, and Bars, Cookies, and Candy (Sprinkle Sugar Cookies; Caramel and Peanut Popcorn Bars). These recipes combine Claire's trademark pedagogically practical approach with a keen eye to flavour and purpose and a strict mandate of made simple, not simply made.