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The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    For those who read about food, those who bake, and those who eat....

    What's not to like about sixty-eight years of interesting cookie recipes? 'The Gourmet Cookie Book: Best Single Recipe Each Year 1941-2009'is a collection of the best of the foodie magazine's best. There are cookies of almost every type - balls, bars, refrigerator, drop, deep fried (deep fried? They promise 'good' not necessarily healthy).

    The collection is international in scope with notes that provide a cultural context and tips and preparation/storage notes.

    My standard cookbook test is to randomly open the pages five times and see how often I come up with something I like. A random sample here resulted in Chocolate Meringue Biscuits, Scented Fig and Date Swirls, Mini Black and White Cookies, Macadamia Shortbread, and Irish Coffee Crunchies.

    While many of the recipes are not for the novice baker, there are simple, easier to prepare versions too. The ingredient lists and instructions, in true 'Gourmet' fashion, are clear and easy to understand.

    Now, about those fried cookies.

    The bottom line: Five stars. An interesting collection for those who like to read about food and for those who like to bake.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Disappointing

    This book is a unique compilation of recipes that integrate historical data with culinary trends. I love the historical filter through which the book is written, one that uses cookies as a way of detailing American history while highlighting our evolving eating habits. It is a book that people will want to read from cover to cover. However despite the fact that I love the overall concept for this book and think that it is both interesting and informative, in terms of recipes tested I was disappointed. I don't know if I just happened to pick flops, but you'd think that with only one cookie recipe included from each year that all of them would have to meet the criteria of being.well, edible. That being said, I haven't given up completely on this book and would like to try a couple of other recipes before deciding whether or not to relinquish ownership of my copy. Perhaps because the recipes included were printed as they originally appeared in the magazine, I should give the editors more credit for authenticity and leeway for results that may not necessarily be compatible with today's tastes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    rEALLY VERY NICE RECIPES, THEY LOOK YUMMY. I HAVE NOT HAVE TIME TO BAKE THEM, I HAVE BEEN OUT OF MY COUNTRY, BUT I REALLY ENJOY LOOKING THE PIVTURES AND THE YUMMY INGRIDIENTS THANK YOU

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    great recipes

    It is great to share some of these recipes that our mom's and grandmothers used to make,brings back memories of special Holidays. Nice photos included.

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