Alan Rosen, the grandson of Junior's founder, Harry Rosen, is the third generation co-owner (with his father, Walter, and brother, Kevin) of Junior's restaurants in Brooklyn, Times Square, Grand Central Station and at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. He also oversees Junior's mail-order and wholesale businesses, as well as its online business, juniorscheesecake.com. Alan makes regular appearances on QVC and The Food Network. Beth Allen is a recipe developer, cookbook author and co-author of Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook.
Not ones to keep secrets, Rosen, the grandson of Junior's
founder, and Allen ("Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook") start with the
recipe that has been the backbone of Junior's success, the New York
Cheesecake. They present a nice collection of recipes accompanied
by historical and anecdotal sidebars that do not distract. If there
are any surprises here it is the inclusion of a small group of soda
fountain desserts, including egg creams, freezes, shakes, malts,
and sundaes. The bulk of the recipes are mostly standards of the
restaurant: tall cakes, down-homey pies, cupcakes, and tarts and
cookies. The authors even reach into the archives of Junior's first
menu and include a recipe for Nesselrode Whipped Cream Pie, a rum
custard pie, largely absent from contemporary menus.
Verdict There is a definite New York influence here, seen in egg creams, rugelach, and desserts inspired by black-and-white cookies; however, with a troubleshooting section and baking hints along the way, this book could easily be used as a resource for standard desserts. The recipes are too good to passup"."" --""Library Journal"