Gingerbread Houses: Baking and Building Memoriesby Nonnie Cargas
Making a gingerbread house has long been a holiday tradition in many households, but until now there hasn't been an all-in-one resource for both beginners and serious bakers who are looking for new techniques and ideas. Nonnie Cargas takes the reader on an exciting journey from the basics like making, mixing, and baking the dough to constructing and decorating any of the 13 delightful, original patterns including the Swiss chalet, Southwestern ranch, and the country church. Readers will take great delight in decorating their creations with such items as donuts, coffee, bullion cubes, dried fruit, and brown sugar. Other highlights include a complete resource guide that is valuable to any gingerbread enthusiast, project ideas for leftover dough, advice for throwing a party and entering and judging contests, and a beautiful gallery of gingerbread houses from the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.
- Krause Publications
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- 8.28(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.60(d)
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I think that this book is only for beginner Ginger Breaders. I am a professional prize winning Gingerbread House maker and I could not realte to this book. However I think maybe it could help establish techniques for beginners. A professional Gingerbread House maker takes months and many many hours to make their Gingerbread House and I think that this is the reason I could not particularly relate to this book. I take time and lots of money to make mine. I have won many ribbons. Thank you.
I loved the wide variety of houses in this book. There's a swiss chalet, a split level, a castle, a birdhouse, etc. Also there's a chapter with a million little ideas that I never would have thought of, like using shredded wheat for a thatched roof or tea leaves for mulch, or alphabet pasta for lettering on signs. I made little houses following the book's instructions using graham crackers with a girl scout troop, and it was easy! Forget putting them on a milk carton first! This book has a much easier way. I totally recommend it.
With this book, my sons and I made a good, solid, gorgeous little gingerbread house on our first try. Cargas wants you to succeed with your house; the book is loaded with tips. Great photos, inspiring ideas. Terrific!