4.3.15 The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook, a Perfect Celebratory Dessert & a Giveaway

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all photos courtesy of Harper Collins

Last year, I had the pleasure of penning a little cookbook for Bergdorf Goodman. I was approached in my capacity as a freelance writer, but the offer had a special symmetry, given that I was the copy director in the store's advertising department more than 20 years ago. It was a wonderful immersion into the world of high fashion, the very epicenter of all that was chic at that time. (Some people even referred to the store as "church.") Perhaps my favorite achievement was creating a tagline that appeared for several years on all of BG's communications: The only city in the world. The only store in the city. It really seemed to sum it all up. Which is why I was surprised and delighted to discover, when I received my advance copy, that a version of this appears on the cookbook's back cover: One City. One Store. One Restaurant. Plus ça change, and all that...

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on my plate

The charming and funny foreward to the book is written by style (and food) maven Hal Rubenstein—did you know he used to write restaurant reviews for Details magazine? The whimsical illustrations are by fashion-world favorite Konstantin Kakanias and they add a wonderful dose of frivolity and wit.

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blue plate special

The recipes are a selection of favorites from BG, the store's glamorous and star-studded 7th-floor restaurant, plus contributions from fashion world luminaries, from Diane von Furstenberg to personal shopper Betty Halbreich. Though not necessarily known for their love of food (au contraire, in fact), some of these fashionistas have very good taste in the kitchen.

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let them eat cake

You can learn how to make the decadent chocolate-hazelnut confection that is BG's signature dessert or whip up Zac Posen's lavender cream-filled meringue puffs. There is an easy and delicious pasta with Meyer lemon and crème fraîche from T Magazine's Deborah Needleman, an excellent quinoa "risotto" from Andrea Lieberman and a sinfully good candied bacon from Yahoo Fashion's Joe Zee. 


The recipes range from simple classics to extravagant creations, but all have passed the test of time and taste. Fun facts about the store and the people who both stock it and shop it are peppered throughout. Please buy it as a gift for yourself and others and spread a little glittery fairy dust around. It's my pleasure to offer 3 giveaway copies to my lovely readers; just leave a comment below by midnight on Tuesday, April 7th to be eligible to win.


And now for that perfect Easter/Passover dessert! There couldn't be anything simpler or more divine than the Pavlova (here's the recipe). I'm pleased to present a little film I made with my friend, the very talented photographer Evi Abeler. Please share it with friends, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more...

whip it up

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, full of daffodils, baby chicks, colorful eggs, lamb shanks, matzo balls and many glasses of wine! And here's hoping some spring sunshine pours down on us all. xo



Laura- you continue to amaze me! This looks beautiful!!!! I cant wait to see it.
Shawn on April 3, 2015 at 10:06 am —
That dessert is like taking your mouth to the prom. Congratulations on the book, the video, and making it to Spring. Love having this seasonal blog as my companion. Thank you.
Sara on April 3, 2015 at 10:12 am —
Love the cover and I'm sure the recipes will live up to it! Kudos on you part in the project.
Sandy B on April 3, 2015 at 10:12 am —
Looking forward to picking up the BGC!
ian aames on April 3, 2015 at 10:37 am —
What a fun cookbook!
Heidi Hess on April 3, 2015 at 10:38 am —
hazelnut cake recipe? please count me in!! Happy Spring Laura :-)
Karen O on April 3, 2015 at 10:38 am —
I love these illustrations. Congrats!
mary on April 3, 2015 at 10:41 am —
As an artist/fashion designer and food lover, I'm so excited to get my fashionista hands on this book! Not to mention I just found out you're one of the writers... Congrats Laura and hope to meet you over the summer upstate!
Shawn on April 3, 2015 at 11:30 am —
so exciting--there's no one better in the world to write a fashion cookbook. Can't wait to try out some recipes.
Andrew on April 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm —
I agree with Shawn, you are amazing and both the book and the dessert look delicious! Thanks for the chance to win. xo
Suzinn on April 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm —
huzzah to you, glamorous Glutton!
janet on April 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm —
Passion fruit or lemon curd? Lemon curd or passion fruit? Torture for your indecisive, fruit-and-meringue-loving readers!
Licia on April 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm —
Yum yum yum
Judith on April 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm —
I'm a long-time fan of--and now an ex-lurker on--this site!
Allison M. Floyd on April 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm —
What a gorgeous dessert!
Denise on April 3, 2015 at 7:31 pm —
Congrats ...this looks fun and and full of deliciousness.....May spring surround you with its birth !!!
bonnie on April 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm —
I love meringue! It's my favourite. I could eat Eton Mess every day for the rest of my life.
Jenny on April 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm —
The cookbook looks so wonderful! I can't wait to put the book into action!
Daniela on April 3, 2015 at 11:09 pm —
Great hostess gift, love the illustrations!
Jennifer on April 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm —
this book looks great, love the illustrations
Denise M on April 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm —
Sigh. This is so lovely. I would adore a copy. Congratulations, I can understand why you are proud of it.
Christine on April 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm —
That certainly was a simple prep and I bet it will disappear just as fast as it appeared! Happy Feasting.
thefolia on April 4, 2015 at 7:38 pm —
Looks like a beautifully delicious book. Congratulations!
Syeira on April 5, 2015 at 9:59 am —
Oh Laura, I was proof reading my comment for spelling mistakes and it disappeared. Here goes again. Hope it isn't duplicated somewhere. In your video you look so beautiful and peaceful. How lovely to see you look like that after such a bleak winter. I am an Australian and am married to a kiwi so we have a problem with pavlova I have a piece of music signed by Anna Pavlova my nana left me. Does that count towards me receiving one of the books? I always look forward to your messages. Janet
Janet on April 6, 2015 at 5:29 am —
Looks like a delightful cookbook!
Patricia on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm —
Can't wait to get this for myself and give to my sisters!
Edith Graves on April 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm —
Oh, I'm sorry I missed the giveaway! But the book looks amazing--congratulations! And that pavlova. Wow.
Julia on April 12, 2015 at 7:30 am —
darn i missed the deadline! but i am still going to buy the book if you promise to autograph it for me (and make me one of the recipes!!!) xo
judi nierman on April 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm —
Pritha on April 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm —