Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish


Ever since I got a copy of The Perfect Finish by White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses I can't stop imagining the scenario where he got the call offering him the position. Is there really any higher honor for a pastry chef? It's basically saying that your desserts are the best in the entire country.

Planning and preparing all of the desserts and pastries served at the White House seems like an unfathomable amount of work to begin with, so the fact that Yosses found time to pen a cookbook between all of those state dinners and catered events is doubly impressive. And The Perfect Finish is a real show-stopper of a dessert book.

Co-written by Melissa Clark of The New York Times, it's a book filled with recipes that range from quick and simple for the novice baker to complex and gorgeous desserts for those with a little more baking expertise. The recipes are organized into categories such as Come for Brunch, I'll Bring Dessert, and Pick-Me-Ups that give you insight into what occasion each recipe is appropriate for.

Every Monday for the next four weeks we'll be sharing a dessert from The Perfect Finish from each of Yosses' categories starting with a Blackberry Buttermilk Bundt with Orange Galze.

Win 'The Perfect Finish'

Thanks to the generous folks over at W.W. Norton, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Perfect Finish this month. All you have to do is tell us about a White House worthy dessert that you make in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, July 5 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.