Chef Yigit Pura to release “Sweet Alchemy,” a new cookbook featuring over 70 of his signature recipes

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Three and a half years in the making, Yigit Pura – Executive Chef and Owner of Tout Sweet Pâtisserie – announced today that his new cookbook, “Sweet Alchemy,” will be available in-stores and online beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Featuring over 70 recipes for Pura’s signature pastries and desserts, “Sweet Alchemy” is a unique cookbook that breaks down the process of baking into ingredient-driven chapters including sugar, butter and flour, eggs and dairy, fruit and flowers and chocolate. Each chapter features new twists on traditional recipes, such as Butterscotch Sauce, Sweet Almond Tart Dough, and Baked Berry Meringue Kisses. These playful sweets can be served on their own or combined into irresistible mélanges such as the Negroni Creamsicle – a composition of Citrus and Vanilla Bean Scented Panna Cotta, Grapefruit-Campari Gelee, and Ruby Red Grapefruit Supremes – or the Sexy Chocolate Coupe – a chocolate extravaganza that marries Dark Chocolate Cremeux to Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Cake. With stunning photography by Frankie Frankeny, “Sweet Alchemy” brims with innovative recipes and classic techniques that will inspire home chef’s to create innovative desserts  and sweet memories all year long!

“With ‘Sweet Alchemy,’ I wanted to break down the barriers of intimidation people often have when it comes to making really special desserts,” said Pura. “I want to show home chefs that with a little patience and a lot of love, they too can create wonderfully unique desserts at home.”

In support of “Sweet Alchemy,” Pura will embark on a book tour at various Williams-Sonoma locations around the country.

Confirmed dates include:

August 19, 2014 6 – 8 p.m. New York City, New York Williams-Sonoma Time Warner Center
August 21, 2014 6 – 8 p.m. Annapolis, Maryland Williams-Sonoma
August 22, 2014 1 -3 p.m. King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Williams-Sonoma
August 24, 2014 12 – 2 p.m. Chicago, Illinois Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Square
August 28, 2014 6 p.m. Beverly Hills, California Williams-Sonoma
September 6, 2014 Time TBD San Francisco, California Williams-Sonoma Union Square

Additional book tour dates will be announced at a later date.

“Sweet Alchemy” is priced at $35.00 (ISBN 978-1-4521-0888-9) and will be available at Tout Sweet Patisserie (located in Macy’s Union Square – 170 O’Farrell St., 3rd Floor) and at all Chronicle Books retail locations, as well as at toutsweetsf.com and chroniclebooks.com, and wherever books are sold.  Pre-sale orders of “Sweet Alchemy” are available now at amazon.com. Personalized autographed copies of “Sweet Alchemy” are available now for pre-order attoutsweetsf.com.  There will be several in-store events at Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in early August to celebrate the launch of the cookbook.  Further details will be announced at a later date.

Tout Sweet Pâtisserie is located in Macy’s Union Square  (170 O’Farrell St., 3rd Floor) and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef Yigit Pura

Chef Yigit Pura

Praise for “Sweet Alchemy”

“Sweet Alchemy” is a declaration of love! From the way Yigit describes his first memories of caramel to his most complex and layered recipe, he arms you with the techniques you need to make sure you’re as successful in your kitchen as he is in his.

— Gail Simmons, television host and author of “Talking with My Mouth Full”

“With Yigit’s well-written, step-by-step instructions, not only will you learn how to make his delicious Negroni Creamsicle, but you’ll also understand how Yigit’s passion, experiences, and technical skills come together to define his sweet, mouthwatering world, how his creative mind works, and his appreciation for the craft of pastry. As a pastry chef for 25 years, this book inspires me to get into the kitchen and bake.”

— Emily Luchetti, author of “The Fearless Baker”

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