Two dear friends have shared their sweets from California with me.  I am so excited to tell you about the new book SWEET, written by Valerie Gordon, of Valerie Confections’ in L.A. It has been given a James Beard award, with its many well loved recipes from her shops.  Valerie has been in business since 1984, and there are locations for her shops in Los Angeles that you will want to try.  Or look at their beautiful website,  I have ordered the durango cookies, and look forward to tasting the unforgettable desserts in this book.  Enjoy your weekend.