The Cookbook Comes to Life Award: Beurre & Sel



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Photograph: Krista Schlueter

RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013

Top-notch eateries spawning cookbooks is nothing new—from Momofuku to Eleven Madison Park—but it’s a rare day when the reverse happens, when a tome can spark such a culinary crush that a retail locale isn’t just desired, it’s demanded. Such is the fortune of Dorie Greenspan: The James Beard Award–winning baker-author (Baking: From My Home to Yours) has become New York’s de facto doyenne of cookies, garnering a monster following with her drool-inducing recipes. Dessert nuts waited with bated breath for Greenspan and her son Joshua to debut closet-size stalls at Essex Street Market and East Harlem’s La Marqueta last year. A marble counter showcases her elegant treats, three-inch discs of butter-rich shortbread acting as blank canvases for artful touches: sparkling sugar crystals, espresso grains, jewel-toned jam. That Jammer is the pièce de résistance—a streusel-wreathed, preserve-dotted concoction that fittingly came to Greenspan in her sleep. These sweets are what dreams are really made of, got that, Annie Lennox? Beurre & Sel, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (917-623-3239,

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