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Posted March 13, 2001
A beautiful coffee table style books with some very interesting baking ideas. While the title might be deceptive, this is not just a cookie book. Most of the treats are sweet, but there are also recipes for 'Lavender Scones,' 'Dill Potato Cakes,' and 'Curried Crackers.' It might take a lifetime to make all 200 recipes, so I recommend this book as a holiday treat book. The gingerbread Teddy Bears (complete with painted on pajamas) and Chocolate Nut Clusters have 'Christmas Gifts' written all over them! While I have seem many Scottish Shortbread recipes, this is the first book which explained how to make them look very professional by shaping them in a mold. There is also a recipe for Lavender Heart Cookies which Jerry Traunfeld has also helped to make famous. Here and there you will find a bit of interesting information. 'In folklore, lavender has always been linked with love, as has food, so make some heart-shaped cookies and serve them on Valentine's Day or any other romantic anniversary.' 'Coconut cookies are sold in Israeli street markets during Passover.' There is also a lovely recipe for Ladyfingers which are used as the basis for Tiramisu. The book is worth the money for that recipe alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 1999
This was a book I received as a gift from my mother-in-law, who knows I enjoy baking and cooking. I consider myself a fairly accomplised baker and cook, but I'm not a professional. Nevertheless, every recipe I tried in this book was a complete flop. I was left wondering if any of these recipes had been kitchen tested at all. None of the recipes I tried were very complicated. The Chocolate macaroons (pg 90) turned out flat and gooey while the Chocolate chip hazelnut cookies (pg 39) turned into something resembling a puff pastry, but not nearly as appetizing. The Gingerbread squares (pg 159) came out heavy, dense and pretty much inedible. And what's with this Gingerbread recipe (pg 62) with no ginger?! The book is nice to look at, but I fear that's all this book is good for.
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