Sweet Gratitude by Judith Sutton
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Judith Sutton is a cookbook editor/consultant and food writer. She is the author of Champagne & Caviar & Other Delicacies—the other delicacies being chocolate, truffles, foie gras, and smoked salmon—and coauthor of Truffles: Ultimate Luxury, Everyday Pleasure. A frequent contributor to Chocolatier, she has written for a variety of other food magazines, including Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, and Gourmet. She writes a monthly cookbook column for Library Journal, and she has contributed features to Amazon.com and other websites.

After receiving a Grande Diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Paris, Judith worked at the three-star restaurant Sign of the Dove for six years, as a line cook, tournant, and then banquet chef. She was the pastry chef for the reopening of the Maurice (in the Parker Meridien), and she also created desserts for the West Bank Café for several years.

Judith has developed recipes for a variety of projects, including Mary Engelbreit's bestselling cookbook list—creating a total of more than two hundred recipes for such titles as Sweet Treats and Let's Party. She has been a recipe tester for a number of magazines, including Chocolatier and Pastry Art & Design. She copyedits and/or consults on cookbooks for most of the major New York publishers.

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The Cat Doctor

This book was originally called Treats for the Cat Doctor. When my cat Remy was about twelve, she developed leukemia and I began taking her to an oncologist for frequent visits. (Don't worry, she never knew she was sick, remaining fat and happy throughout her pampered New York life.) As a recipe tester and developer, I often had a kitchen full of desserts, so I started taking some of these delicious treats to "the Cat Doctor" and his staff whenever we had an appointment. When I told a good friend how excited and grateful these sweets made everyone at the clinic, and that I was working on a book of easy desserts, she laughed and said that obviously I should be writing Treats for the Cat Doctor —and I sometimes still think of the book that way. However, that title could be a bit confusing (no, not cat treats, people treats!), and when my publisher came up with Sweet Gratitude instead, everyone loved it.

The Cat Doctor and his staff continued to figure prominently in Remy's life for the next several years, though, and they were the recipients of many different versions of the desserts in this book. In fact, I realized they were a great ready-made panel of taste-testers, and they enthusiastically filled out tasting sheets—which were both very helpful and fun to read.

Remy had a very happy life until the ripe old age of sixteen (though I was hoping she would live forever). I still miss her, but after a while, it was just too quiet in my apartment, and I adopted Roxy via the Internet (petfinders.com). She can be a wild one, but, like Remy, she loves to sit on my desk as I work, looking out the window at the birds and trees, and the cat in the illustration looks very much like her.

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