Medrich first came to fame in the 1970s as founder of Cocolat, her San Francisco Bay Area chocolate and dessert store. After selling the business, she went on to write three award-winning dessert cookbooks (Cocolat, Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts, and Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies).
Here, in Pure Dessert, chapters are arranged by flavor—among others, sections highlight the use of milk; grains, nuts, and seeds; chocolate; and herbs and spices. With beautiful photography and extensive notes, it look like just the book to cook from now that fall is upon us and thoughts turn to baking.
To win a copy (we have ten to give out), just tell us what dessert you like making most.
Winners will be chosen at random from among the comments, which will close on Saturday, September 22, at noon ET. The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.