Many may not know... but I am a trained Pastry Chef as well. In fact I joke that all my teeth are sweet not just one. I've ran kitchens as a pastry chef as well. My love for pastry is actually what got me into cooking. I believe as chef you never stop learning and the best way to learn in my opinion is travel and cooking from cook books, especially those from talented chefs. So for this edition of "Cooking From" I decided to try out this molten Matcha Tart from James Beard Nominated Chef Jason Licker in his new cook book titled Licker Land. If you enjoy the flavors of Asia then this book is perfect for you. When I traveled throughout Asia I was captivated by their use of local flavors, the delicate balance of them and the tender care put into everything they make. Their food has such history and the more I learn about one ingredient the more I keep wanting to learn even more about their cuisine. And this book brings you a heavy dose of knowledge of Asian ingredients and desserts. I highly recommend this book, not because I can call Jason a friend but because he is truly talented at what he does. And ya'll know, when I love something I share it, and I know ya'll will want to cook from this as much as I do. This book does tend to be for the more advance pastry person, but please don't let that stop you! The effort is worth it not only for the final product, but you will learn so much for all his techniques. So get learning ya'll!
I've also made the Chocolate Passion Fruit cake, and I must say its by far my favorite cake! I mean he had me at Passion Fruit and Chocolate, so it was already a home run! LOL