All-American Desserts is a treasure-trove of goodies that sustain Americans across the country, whether traditional sweets, back-of the box classics, or newly inspired creations. Every kind of satisfaction imaginable is here-cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, cobblers, pastries, ice cream, candy, and more. A true American dessert is one that either was adapted from another culinary tradition to suit American tastes (Greek Deep Dish Custard Tart, Germantown Lebkuchen) or was created by an American cook using American ingredients (Vermont maple syrup in Maple and Hickory Nut Apple Crisp, New Mexican Pine Nuts in Ole Mole Cookies). These finales have flair: instead of staid carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, for which you already have a recipe, there is Praise and Plenty Cake that has squash and zucchini as well as carrots. And the brownies in All-American Desserts are blue ribbon and double chocolate. Enjoy homemade American treats as you read the story of each dessert, which Fertig puts into historical context along with the recipe.