BAKING WITH LICKER is a follow-up to my James Beard Award-nominated self-published cookbook, LICKERLAND: Asian-Accented Desserts. LICKERLAND also was named the #2 Asian Cookbook in The World at The World Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2018. I self-published LICKERLAND and have sold thirty-six hundred copies of my four thousand copy print run. As I wrote LICKERLAND, a collection of fifty-six original recipes, I realized that every new city I came across in my travels was as enchanting as it was educational in my evolution as a chef. LICKERLAND was my love letter to Asian culinary culture as a professional pastry chef. BAKING WITH LICKER is my personal guide to harmonizing Asian flavors with classic recipes that will guarantee a fundamental change in perspective for every home baker.
BAKING WITH LICKER will use all-time classic western dessert recipes as a platform for introducing eccentric Asian ingredients as the ultimate game-changers. I have created sixty original recipes – such as Thai tea tres leches and raspberry and lychee crumble bars – that are easily customizable for every experience level. For those who want to play it safe, I will include explanations on how to revert each recipe back to its original form with substitute ingredients or other ways to creatively personalize the dish. The option to simplify every recipe caters to the ability and adventurousness of any home baker,