Cookies

Cookies

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by Editors of Reader's Digest
     
 

Here is the ultimate cookie book, with more than 1,000 recipes. This treasury of cookie baking will appeal to all tastes from simple to sophisticated. This beautifully photographed cookbook has easy-to-follow instructions that will make this an invaluable addition to any baker's collection. Each recipe has been kitchen-tested-along with helpful hints and tips-to make… See more details below

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Here is the ultimate cookie book, with more than 1,000 recipes. This treasury of cookie baking will appeal to all tastes from simple to sophisticated. This beautifully photographed cookbook has easy-to-follow instructions that will make this an invaluable addition to any baker's collection. Each recipe has been kitchen-tested-along with helpful hints and tips-to make cookie baking fun and foolproof.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This hulking volume impresses with its breadth-home bakers could make a different cookie every weekend for 19 years and never repeat a recipe-but that range does come at a price. All kinds of cookies are represented: drop cookies, rolled cookies, brownies, icebox cookies, tea cakes, macaroons and more, with a strong showing of European favorites, and there are umpteen variations on standards (e.g., 12 versions of madeleines, small spongelike cookies baked in shell-shaped molds, and 27 orange-based cookies). However, small print and a lack of introductory notes to most recipes will deter some readers. Without a header, how are readers to know what Bran Cookies might taste like? Brandy Butter Shortbread's introduction says it's "A wonderfully rich Christmas treat," yet the following two recipes-Almond Shortbread with Blackberry Topping and Chocolate Chip Shortbread-offer no explanations on when bakers might opt for them instead, or what they might pair these desserts with. The copious photos are inspiring; the cookies-especially the Smiling Face Cookies and Cookie Hands-look homemade and attainable by most bakers (each recipe has a level of difficulty, and most are fairly easy). Helpful sidebars show progressive photos of the steps involved in such processes as making biscotti and rolling sugar cookies. This vast confection catalogue will motivate serious bakers. Casual cookie-makers, however, might be overwhelmed. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This big book offers hundreds of recipes for cookies both familiar and unusual, from Snickerdoodles to Swedish Spritskransar, accompanied by dozens of color photographs. Unfortunately, the full-page color photos are overhead shots taken in such extreme close-up as to inspire vertigo; with headnotes provided for only a fraction of them, the array of recipes also becomes somewhat dizzying. It would have been helpful to have a note identifying Crunchy Crags, for example, and descriptions of the textural and flavor differences among the numerous variations on different cookie themes. Nancy Baggett's The International Cookie Cookbook (o.p.), the standard on the topic, offers fewer recipes but in a far more accessible, reader-friendly format. For comprehensive baking collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762105939
Publisher:
Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.44(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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