The Dessert Game Cookbook Review

The Dessert Game Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
May 16, 2022

The Dessert Game: Simple tricks, skill-builders and show-stoppers to up your game

Level up your baking skills with The Dessert Game, the first book from modern-day MasterChef legend Reynold Poernomo.

Co-founder of the iconic late-night Sydney dessert hub, Koi Dessert Bar, Reynold has branched into the world of cookbooks with his debut work, The Dessert Game. He weaves personal anecdotes of growing up as a first-generation migrant in Australia with intricate, detailed instructions for perfecting the picturesque dessert creations he is synonymous with.

His desserts combine tradition and innovation, utilizing his Indonesian heritage and Australian upbringing to create drool-worthy desserts.

The Dessert Game

For all Skill Levels

Although we have been reviewing cookbooks for years, something always comes along that is capable of surprising us from time to time.

At first, we thought this book would have only super-advanced recipes like Reynold got us used to on Masterchef Australia. Fortunately, and even though we didn't mind if this book had only advanced recipes, Reynold came up with a very clever structure that allows anyone to have fun with this book.

The Dessert Game is divided into levels 1, 2, and 3, each more advanced than the previous one.

Perfect your butter cake, curd tart, or creme caramel with Level 1. These are all the crowd-pleasers and straightforward desserts for beginners or aficionados, each with a 'Reynold twist', like pavlova flavor pairings or a honey glaze for your cheesecake.

Kick it up a notch with Level 2, for swoon-worthy jar desserts, the perfect oozy lava cake, or the ultimate praline tart. Step by step, Reynold shows how each element is made so you can dream up your own combinations and increase your confidence.

Are you an adventure cook? Or want to blow everyone's minds? Level 3 is an access-all-areas pass to the signature dishes and secret recipes for white noise, onyx, magic mushrooms and more - these creations need to be seen (and tasted) to be believed.

The Dessert Game
Chocolate Choux - Level 1. Photography by Jeremy Simons (p. 40)

Improve Your Baking Skills

The Dessert Game is not just a cookbook filled with recipes. The idea behind the book is to help you improve your baking skills. It includes choose-your-own-flavor-adventure flowcharts, endless tips on substitutions, and a list of special ingredients and kitchen tools that you need to make any dessert you want.

As you already know, the book is divided into levels that allow you to progress if you don't have any experience in baking. The recipes have clear instructions, with the ingredients listed in weight and volume and temperatures in Celsius and Farenehight.

The book covers a lot of different techniques, including jams, caramels, gels, curds, cakes, tarts, and many other methods.

Thanks to the book's content and the way it is organized, you'll be able to start making your own show-stopper desserts.

The Dessert Game
White Noise - Level 3. Photography by Jeremy Simons (p. 174)

Final Thoughts

Whether you're a chef, a home cook, or just starting out, The Dessert Game will have something to teach you. Thanks to its level division, you can easily navigate the book and choose the recipes that suit your skill level.

If you are looking for a new pastry cookbook that will guide you through successfully mastering your very own artful creation, The Dessert Game is the book you are looking for.


The Dessert Game is a book with simple tricks, skill-builders, and show-stopper desserts that will delight anyone with a sweet tooth.









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