Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookiesby Alice Medrich
2010 IACP Baking Book of the Year
With recipes organized by texture! Flaky, gooey, crunchy, crispy, chewy, chunky, melt-in-your-mouth . . .
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This book is an absolute "must grab" for anyone that want's to make cookies a part of their baking arsenal! I have tried 4 of the recipes in this book so far and they have all been winners. Alice provides a good thorough introduction for anyone new to baking cookies from scratch that is helpful not only for the recipes within, but also helpful for baking in general - I definitely recommend this book, it's worth every penny!
The book begins with some useful tips and the reasons behind them. She teaches you how to use the cookbook and how to understand her instruction. There's unique recipes and the classics, some recipes have different versions depending on your preferences. She even includes tips on how to alter the recipe slightly for a different spin on it. She calls them upgrades. This would be great for anyone that's new to baking because she explains just about every step. She tells you which pan lining works best with the recipe, how long they keep, and if you can freeze them. Excellent job of taking the guesswork out of her recipes. There's also a number of wheat free recipes and whole wheat recipes. Towards the end, she has a quick reference for your options. Quick & easy and lower fat are a couple of the categories listed. The author really makes this cookbook easy to use. Novice bakers and those of us that are just looking for something new can equally enjoy the recipes. I think the only improvement would have been a photo for every recipe. It does have some lovely pictures, but I believe most cookbooks could use more.
This book takes cookies seriously. There is zero tolerance for fooling around when it comes to technique or quality ingredients, the importance of which is emphasized throughout the book. Divided into sections based on cookie texture (chewy, gooey, crispy, crunchy), you will find a wide variety of recipes that include updated traditional, wheat-free, whole-grain, dairy-free and Weight Watchers options. The biggest challenge you're going to have with this book is choosing which recipe to try first!