Picks and Pans Review: Book of Tarts:

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Maury Rubin

The TV producer turned pastry chef who presides over Manhattan's City Bakery makes the most of seasonal fruits and minimalist design while dishing up 40—count 'em—40 different delectable tarts. Tyros can start with a simple cherry-topped tapioca tart, while more seasoned bakers—with an ample support network and perhaps a few days off—can tackle the World's First Stuffed Raspberry Tart. Just fill fresh raspberries with melted chocolate, then pile them in a pyramid over a blanket of whipped cream in a cocoa-flavored shell. Whew. (Morrow, $25)

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