WdeB: I don't have the books (saw 4-star when it first came out, though), but I know Emily Luchetti a little, from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. She was president some years back. Anyway, she kind of strikes me as the Sara Moulton of the pastry side -- really solid work, great teacher, and just an all-around nice person. Don't know if this helps you, but I thought I'd pass it along.
I love the Stars Desserts cookbook. I am only an amateur chef (although an expert eater), and this is one of my favorite cookbooks. You will not be dissapointed. The recipe for lemon squares is priceless (and easy). I had a hard time finding this book, so if you can get a hold of it, I would jump on it.