I'm preparing an elaborate 40th birthday dinner for a friend who is crazy about pecans (pecan pie in particular), so I'm looking for a really exceptional pecan-based dessert or a dessert plate that highlights pecans, something you might expect from Keller, Trotter et.al. Not that there's anything wrong with pecan pie, but the rest of the dinner is mostly out of the French Laundry cookbook, so I'm trying to maintain a unified aesthetic.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Cookbooks I might check out? Recipes you wish to pass on?