Book Review: Viva Desserts!

¡Viva Desserts! by Nicole Presley

¡Viva Desserts!: Traditional and Reinvented Sweets from a Mexican-American Kitchen
by Nicole Presley

5 out of 5 stars

This cookbook has recipes for desserts made in the traditional Mexican style, but sometimes with a new twist! There are recipes for Flan, Empanadas, Pie, Cake, Cookies, Donuts, Gelatin, and tons more. And of course, there is an entire section for Holiday recipes that are deliciously Mexican.

These recipes take me back to my childhood in Mexico! Just reading the book makes my mouth water. Every recipe has a large colorful photograph that shows you the delectable result. I’m so impressed with how attractive this book is!

The instructions are clear, and most of the ingredients are easy to find at any grocery store. There are a few ingredients like cajeta, dried hibiscus flowers, and tamarind that you might have to buy at a Hispanic market. But there are dozens of recipes to try that don’t require any fancy ingredients.

There are also a few tools that might not be in a regular American kitchen, like a tortilla press or molinillo (to whisk hot chocolate), but you could probably make do without it if you had to.

The recipes I really want to try are the candied pumpkin empanadas, peanut butter cajeta cookies, and the churro muffins.
I am especially impressed that there is a recipe for making your own concha bread in the REAL traditional style. All these recipes look so amazing!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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