French chef Michel Roux’s single-subject cookbooks are wonderfully informative, beautifully photographed and packed with recipes you’ll make over and over. Pick up Roux’s latest collection, Cheese, and prepare to cook with one of humanity’s favorite ingredients like never before. Stuff poached apricots with tangy mascarpone to end the night on the right note.

I came across this dessert recently when some friends invited me over for dinner. It is truly delicious, yet quick and easy to prepare. You need good-quality succulent dried apricots.

Reprinted with permission from Cheese