5@5 - Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild
November 18th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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Barbara Fairchild joined the team at Bon Appétit magazine in 1978 - and 22 years later, in 2000, she became the magazine's editor-in-chief. Now, after 32 years at Bon Appétit - serving the last ten at the helm - Barbara Fairchild is moving on.

That's not to say that more than three decades at a food magazine doesn't create some sweet memories along the way. She chronicles such in her new cookbook Bon Appétit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful.

Join her on a sweet trip down memory lane, won't you?

My Five Favorite Dessert Memories During My 32 Years at Bon Appétit: Barbara Fairchild

1. "Well, probably one of the most well-known cakes in the book is the 'Spiced Chocolate Torte Wrapped in Chocolate Ribbons.' It was on the cover of the magazine in December 1984 and remains, in my opinion, the recipe we have received the most reader mail about, ever. In a good way!"

2. "I love lemon, and so the double lemon bars really stand out. Also, the lemon shortbread squares because they are so easy to make."

3. "Cheesecake is another favorite of mine, and always a great party dessert since everyone feels very indulgent eating it. This time of year's real winner is the 'Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow-Sour Cream Topping and Gingersnap Crust'. It just tastes like the holidays to me."

4. "Can the classic chocolate chip cookie get any better? Yes, it can: When you add oats, almonds and dried tart cherries. Wow - that recipe is just genius."

5. "Tres leches cakes are so popular right now. I’m seeing them everywhere, and not just in Mexican restaurants. I love the one that we had in the magazine not too long ago, and now it’s in the book, too. That caramel flavor you get from the milk trio: it’s subtle, elusive - just unique."

You want recipes, you say? Right this way: 'Bon Appétit Desserts' recipe redux.

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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    August 14, 2014 at 12:57 am |
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    December 15, 2013 at 3:42 am |
  3. Dave Ferrell

    Tres Leche? Horrible..an apt description...stale white cake that's then soaked in milk. Travel extensively through Central and South America and never had a piece of this dessert that I would feed to my dog...and I love cake and milk!

    November 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  4. Mary Ann

    Feels like the end of an era. I have so much respect for Ms. Fairchild and have the same feeling that I had when Gourmet left us. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors.

    November 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  5. frannie84

    I love to prepare desserts but unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't eat sweet stuff (oddly enough when I prepare something for myself though he gobbles it all up leaving me with nothing). It's so easy to prepare pretty much any dessert you want with just regular things you have in the kitchen. When I don't have time to make crepes, or won-ton dough, I replace them with a flour tortilla, the thin and chewy kind. I like to caramelize a tortilla, wrap it up and fill it with home made fruit filling with ice cream on top. Also, one tortilla with cheese inside folded in half and fried briskly in butter topped with honey is delicious. Not as good as cheese filled wontons but a good substitute.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  6. fob

    I will definitely be making that pumpkin cheesecake! Marshmallow-sour cream topping?! Can't wait! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    November 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  7. RichardHead@Jdizz

    Gotta skate on out as Wonder Dog is running out of food. Yell at ya in the Morn and Bone appetit!

    November 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
    • glad you made this your conference room

      and so we the people are subjected to your messages back and forth

      may you find those sharp objects

      November 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. RichardHead

    OHHHHHH-SnowBalls! I went outside to smoke. It ain't over till it's over.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      After my stepping out yesterday and missing it, you know better than that this time of day, Head.

      November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Wonder Dog had to water the grass. I shall be prepared in the future. Looks like our fearless leaders had fun after watching the video.

        November 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
      • Truth@All

        I'm out. Home to make blackened chicken for my bride. Should be delish.
        Have a good evening all!

        November 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
      • RichardHead@Truth

        Have a good evening and watch out for sharp objects. Tomorrow.

        November 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  9. Truth@RichHead, JDizz

    <one minute apart...
    I think we both need more work to do...

    And for the record, my absolute all time favorite sight gag in any movie was in "The Silence of the Lambs", when they showed Lechter's temporary cell and a copy of "Bon Appetite"...good prop placement.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  10. Sir Biddlr via the train

    Damn it! I was trying to get in on this. Tomorrow.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Truth@Biddle

      Train? New York area???
      And what brought you to DEN last week?

      November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
      • Sir Biddle via the train

        No NYC, Wash DC. Was in Denver last week for a public health conference.

        November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
      • Truth@Biddle

        DC is a fun town...You ever eat @ The Palm?
        I like the one here, but the service can be spotty if a celeb in there at the same time.

        November 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
      • Sir Biddle@Truth

        Palm is good. DC is a great foodie town – tons of new places all the time. One of the few caveats of this place.

        November 19, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  11. Truth@RichHead, JDizz

    We have a winner!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I sensed several people hitting the page refresh button along with me. You vultures make me sick. =p

      November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    I'd hit it.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants


      November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • drizzle, you'd hit a cardboard cut out

      I enjoy but do not subscribe to your taste

      November 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I taste good.

        November 19, 2010 at 10:02 am |
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