This new series will introduce you to some of the books available at The Cummer Store. Keep you mind sharp by reading up on interesting topics, many of which relate to our permanent collection or special exhibitions. Let us know what you think of each book, or share books you think would complement our collection.
Modern Art Desserts
Pastry Chef for Blue Bottle Coffee Company
This book was written by a self-taught baker and the former owner of a San Francisco cake and sweet shop Miette, and the current pastry chef for the Blue Bottle Coffee Company. The original inspiration for this book was the deliciously confectionery paintings of Wayne Thiebaud, a California painter.
Each delicious confection in this stunning cookbook is based on a piece of Modern Art. The book goes into a detailed description of Freeman’s journey to, as she puts it, becoming the ‘anti-dentist’. She takes you with her on a journey through becoming a small business owner, her education in business, construction, and pastry, and finally how the idea of bringing together the beautiful art of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and pastry at the Blue Bottle Cafe came to be. The book includes sketches explaining the process of turning a piece of artwork into a confectionery masterpiece.
Each recipe includes a picture of the dessert, an image and description of the artwork that was its inspiration, a back-story describing the author’s connection to the piece, and a detailed recipe, often including more pictures to help you as you prepare your dessert.
Here are some of the staff favorites: