Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty have written a unique book that will change the course of culinary history. Grand Finales does for pastry-making what no other book has attempted to do--it is the first book to examine the creative process in developing desserts.|Just as certain techniques can identify an artist's work as belonging to a certain genre, desserts can also be aligned. The editors have formally identified the different "schools" of pastry that are present in today's society:|* Architecturalism. * Impressionism. * Neo-classicism. * Modernism. * Fusionism. * Illusionism. * Minimalism. * Performance Art. * Eclecticism.|This book explains the design principles of each school and the motivations behind the different types of desserts, but the main focus of the book is on the desserts themselves. Included are the recipes for these desserts, which come from 50 of America's top pastry chefs, with a full-color photograph of each.