Cooking & Entertaining

Decadent Desserts: Recipes from Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

Countess Cristina de Vogüé invites us into the splendor of her home at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte and divulges sixty-three recipes from her exclusive collection. Personally selected from family recipe books, passed along by close friends, or inspired by her international travels, these decadent desserts are the perfect finale to any meal. From Lady Cawdor’s Orange Soufflé to Floating Island with Pink Pralines and Green Tea Custard, they are suited for every occasion, from afternoon tea to holiday feasts.The book opens with the history of the château, whose striking architecture and idyllic gardens were the inspiration for Versailles. Stunning original photography showcases the finished desserts in the atmospheric interiors and shaded gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, featuring the rich details that define French style—brocade upholstery, crisp linens, crystal tableware, and silver place settings.

About The Author

Countess Cristina de Vogüé is the daughter of an Italian diplomat and a Russian mother. When she married the heir to Vaux-le-Vicomte, she applied her talent as a hostess not only to family receptions, but also to the château’s restaurant and gift shop. Thomas Dhellemmes’ photographs were featured in The Seven Sins of Chocolate, which won the 2004 Gourmand Cookbook Award. Delphine de Montalier, food stylist, has written several recipe books and contributes to Elle à Table, Saveur, and Glamour. Véronique Villaret, a photo stylist for interiors magazines, also designs fabrics. Château Vaux-le-Vicomte was the setting for films including Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and the James Bond Moonraker.

  • Publish Date: September 09, 2008
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Courses & Dishes - Desserts
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 12-1/2
  • Pages: 160
  • US Price: $19.98
  • CDN Price: $19.98
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-030059-1


"Even if I can't live like a countess, at least with these recipes, I can entertain like one."~ENTREE

"...just turning the pages of this book feels like an indulgence." ~Southern Accents

"...a stunningly designed large-format book that showcases luscious cakes, tarts, and other sweets." ~France Today

"Thomas Dhellemmes’ lavish photographs show off the spectacular château, and the heavenly cakes, tarts, pies and soufflés, presented on chairs and other antiques, make you want to eat the pages." ~Edible Aspen

"The arresting photographs, both historic and current, make this a coffee-table book to be gazed at and admired. Most of the recipes have fewer than six ingredients and come together in minutes." ~United Media