Ok, I've been out of the loop for a while now, partially through apathy, partially through busyness in my personal life, but I want to be connected again.
Who's hot right now? Who's out there doing the most interesting desserts? Not just molecular gastronomy stuff, but everything? What books should I be reading to get back up to speed on techniques and trends? What blogs? What forums? (besides this one of course ;) )
I'm looking for the people doing the clean, simple, clear stuff, straight through the people doing weird flavors combos and using new technology and techniques. I want the organic fresh, green, local slow food flavor-is-king club and the cutting edge "hey i just made hot ice cream" people and everyone in between, as long as they're good. Breads, pastries, restaurants, hotels, competitions, everything. And while I know it's heavy on the US here, if you know any of this info about the UK and Europe, I'd be appreciative too.
I'll be checking out the cookbook review section as well, but I thought I'd put in a start here.
Hope this'll be a fun topic for all. Thank you.