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A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies (Baker's FG) [Kindle Edition]

Dede Wilson
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Book Description

Dede Wilson has collected 75 delicious recipes from around the world in this festive collection of fun homemade treats. With recipes arranged chronologically by holiday and broken down into simple, easy-to-follow steps, home bakers are sure to find a perfectly delectable treat to suit any occasion or mood. With everything from lollipops, taffy, and sugarplums to truffles, nougats, and fudge, there is something for everyone. This book also includes recipes for classic candies, new twists on old favorites, and even "adult" candies, like Chocolate Walnut Rum Balls.

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"Every baker should have The Baker's Field Guide series in the kitchen..." (David Lebovitz )


"Every baker should have The Baker's Field Guide series in the kitchen..." (David Lebovitz )

Product Details

  • File Size: 4232 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558327517
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (February 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003852K20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookie cookbook! December 6, 2003
Having purchased many, many cookie cookbooks, I have gotten really picky about buying new books. When this book first published, I found it on a bookstore shelf and fell in love with it. This book has almost everything one could ask for.....BEAUTIFUL photographs with EVERY recipe, history and description of each cookie, type of cookie, place of origin with it's international name if it has one, very well written directions for baking, batch yield, "lifespan" (length of storage)and "field notes"...little tidbits of information regarding the cookie itself or the ingredients within. This book includes the good ole American AND International favorites. In addition to recipes, Ms. Wilson has included directions for things such as tempering chocolate, toasting nuts and decorating cookies. She has very detailed information regarding equipment, ingredients, storing and mailing cookies, and resources for supplies and ingredients. It is very simply written and elegantly designed. This book is excellent not only for the novice bakers, but the seasoned ones as well. It would make the perfect gift for anyone. I have been baking cookies every Sunday for many years and this is, by far, one of the best books I have used. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, creative, and original November 30, 2004
What a creative idea for a cookbook! The book literally follows the standard format for a field guide to animals or plants. For each cookie it provides the type, habitat (country the recipe is from), description, field notes (where the recipe came from, origin of name, etc.), and lifespan (how long the cookie will keep). Of course it also has ingredients and directions for making the cookie, and total yield for the recipes.

These are some truly creative recipes that children will love, like the Night Before Christmas Mice, which actually look like mice, and traditional favorites like snickerdoodles or pizzelles. It even has a recipe for salt-dough ornament cookies - totally inedible but can be decorated to make permanent Christmas ornaments. A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies is fun, creative, and recommended.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference for all the standards. Recommended December 9, 2004
This `A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies' by Dede Wilson is a perfect example of how the same subject can be served well in two very different ways. The obvious touchstone against which to proof this volume may be Rose Levy Beranbaum's book on Christmas cookies. But, this would be an unfair comparison. Beranbaum's work covers the very high end of Cookie making, ending with a truly glorious creation of a gingerbread cathedral of Notre Dame. Beranbaum also covers just about every little issue you may possibly encounter in baking cookies and provides us with lots of unusual recipes.

Dede Wilson, on the other hand, has given us a very practical kitchen reference for lots and lots of common cookie recipes baked for Christmas, including several ethnic favorites such as the relatively difficult Moravian Ginger Cookies.

My favorite thing about Ms. Wilson's contribution aside from its spiral binding which lays flat on the table is the fact that you often have more than one recipe for a particular type of cookie. For a rolled gingerbread / spice cookie recipe, there are at least three alternatives, not even including the difficult Moravian cookie. That generally means that if you want to make a particular kind of cookie, you have your choice between an easy, intermediate, and hard recipe.

Other very nice features are the fact that every recipe falls on two facing pages, begins with a very clear picture of one or two of the cookies, states the type and (very cute here) habitat, gives a description of the cookie and alternatives, gives the shelf life under proper storage conditions, and gives appropriate tips on making this and similar cookies.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait for Christmas to buy this book!! March 6, 2006
I have gone through two Christmas seasons using this cookbook with many compliments on the resulting baked goods, but have also found many recipes we use all year long. Some of the best features are:

Symbols with each recipe to indicate if the dough can be frozen, if the cookies keep well, if they are kid-friendly to make, quick to make or sturdy enough to mail.

The binding is a sturdy covered spiral so the book lays flat on the table and the pages do not tear or come loose from the binding.

The introduction has excellent information on ingredients, storage, baking and cooling advice and equipment needed

There is a listing of Resources in the back for equipment mentioned or required in the recipes so you can order items by phone or over the internet.

PICTURES! Excellent photos of each cookie so you know how it is supposed to look. This is especially helpful when making cookies with children; they like to have an idea of what they are making.

The recipe for Kris Kringle's is the best I have found. The same for the Snickerdoodle recipe (I make these at least once a month).

My children have made many of the recipes with me. Their favorites are the Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies, Night Before Christmas Mice, Pepparkakor (ginger snaps), Easy Christmas Wreaths, Candy Cane Cookies and Mocha Orange Pinwheel Cookies.

There are also a whole range of more complicated, interesting cookies, which one would want to make without their kids help.

The format is easy to follow, easy to read and less intimidating than Rose's Christmas Cookies (also a great book).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes for cookies
Amazing cookie recipes that are easy to read and use. Uses common ingredients and produce great tasting cookies!
Published 3 months ago by amazonluver
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly handy. I have the e-book version. Some ...
Fairly handy. I have the e-book version. Some recipes are a bit beyond my baking skill level but gives me something to strive for.
Published 3 months ago by StaySea
5.0 out of 5 stars I love cookies!!!!
I love the cookies they where fantastic!!!!!!
It was really fun makeing them and then eating them!!!!
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Published 5 months ago by Renee S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorites Found and New to Try Recipes
Dede explains equipment and measurements used exactly in her test kitchen. Gives hints that can help a novice or seasoned cookie baker, plus photograph of how baked cookie should... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janelle Butler
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Wanted to be able and go make some cookies! But this is a book you'll have to go buy the ingredients and even some tools! Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Milani
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift item
Great gift item. This book was much better than it appeared in the photo and at under $6 bucks it was a great deal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MML
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I love the way the book is laid out and I loved Dede when she appeared on PBS. Lots of great recipes for old favorites and cookies that may be unfamiliar.
Published 13 months ago by JustIMHO
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 4
Well...I chose four recipes for my yearly Christmas cookie baking and only two turned out good (after following the instructions to a "T"). Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Rocc
5.0 out of 5 stars great recipes
This is a replacement for one that got lost when I moved recently. Every recipe I have tried has been excellent. Most I will double next time.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute concept - Field Guide to Cookies!
This is such a great book! I bought one for myself and to see what it was like and will buy a second as a gift for a budding young cookie baker!
Published on March 31, 2013 by Janet Hallmark
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More About the Author

Dede Wilson is a popular food writer and television personality with her own public television show, Seasonings with Dede Wilson, in wide distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. An additional show, The Holiday Table, began airing in Fall 2006 and will run through 2009; the 90-minute Holiday Pledge Special that she produced for PBS in 2005 was re-broadcast throughout the holiday season in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Wilson has been a spokesperson for KitchenAid, making frequent live and televised appearances around the country for KitchenAid products. She is also a prolific cookbook author and a contributing editor for Bon Appetit magazine. Wilson has appeared on all the major TV networks, and has been invited frequently to appear on shows including Today, The View, and Live with Regis and Kelly. She has also appeared on QVC to sell her cookbooks, has been featured on Bon Appetit podcasts, and makes personal appearances at Bon Appetit events around the country. Currently she hosts a monthly Bon Appetit segment on the CBS's Early Show.


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