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Cookie Love: More Than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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"Smoky bacon candy bar cookies? Folgers crystals with sour cream gianduja shortbread? Graham cracker and passion fruit whoopie cookies? This is not your grandma's bake sale! Pastry chef Mindy Segal, proprietor of Chicago-based HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar, dares you to redefine your cookie repertoire with these cheeky, sometimes edgy riffs on the formerly humble cookie."- T. Susan Chang, NPR.org
"Your cookie game will never be the same."-Paula Forbes, Epicurious.com
About the Author
KATE LEAHY is a freelance writer and recipe developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-authored SPQR, The Preservation Kitchen, and A16 Food + Wine, the 2009 IACP Cookbook of the Year.
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Top Customer Reviews
The introduction provides a good explanation of Mindy Segal's background and thought process about baking. It sets the tone for how many of the recipes in the book were arrived at through experimenting with variations of ingredients or techniques. Included in many of the recipes are some suggested variations to try with the recipes for the adventurous baker looking for ideas.
The recipes of the book are grouped by cookie type such as drop cookies, sandwich cookies, bars, etc. The book also includes information on where to buy some of the unusual ingredients, thoughts for consideration on what types of ingredients to stock, equipment to use, techniques to employ, and measurement conversions.
While there are recipes that cookie bakers will recognize (e.g. chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles) the majority of the recipes in the book take a much more creative spin than what you will find in traditional cookbooks. Examples include citrus and brown butter shortbread, honey peach & honeycomb kolachkes, and smoky bacon candy bar cookies. In general, the recipes are ordered within a theme from easier to more difficult to allow you to work your way up to the more challenging recipes.
The photographs in the book showcase well the ingenuity of the recipes.
If your preferred baking style is to mix together standard ingredients of recipe specified amounts in a bowl and then baking according to instructions, this may not be the cookbook for you.Read more ›
I was so excited about getting a review copy of this. I requested it with my sister, a home baker, in mind. This is our combined review.
A cookbook should be made to last for quite a while. (Cookie Love seems to be. A weighty tome, bound in hardcover, with sewn binding so that it lays flat on the counter, or on your knees when you're reading in bed. Yes, cookbooks make good bedtime stories.)
A good cookbook should make you hungry as you read it. (Yes. Indeed. Hungry for raspberry rugelach!)
It should have lots of photos. (Check. Full color and full page.)
The narration- recipes and introductions- should be detailed and conversational. (I loved the personal stories she included. What's the first cookie Mindy distinctly remembers eating? A brownie krinkle, the day her kindergarten teacher came to lunch. When did get get serious in the kitchen? Age thirteen, when she received a KitchenAid mixer as a Hanukkah gift.)
Mindy is serious about baking. It's art, craft, work, love, and science. That's why this book is such delightful reading, and why it will lead to delicious kitchen adventures. There are recipes for every kind of cookie. Drop, sandwich, shortbread, biscotti, thumbprint, and all of them have been taken to new heights. You'll see expected ingredients used in unexpected ways, and you'll see unlikely ingredients used to make new favorites.
Does she call for some things that you may not have right in hand? Yes, occasionally, but there's usually a good reason for it. Goat butter adds a "mild tang," sorghum syrup adds a "rounded sweetness," and Cyprus salt is "assertive and crunchy.Read more ›
I received this book for review from Blogging for Books, all opinions are my own and I received no further compensation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Yes, it's a very adventurous book and definitely not for a beginner. But that doesn't mean it deserves one star like some people are saying here. Read morePublished 10 days ago by doug kempton
Have not been able to make all the cookies yet but the few that I have made are the most amazing cookies i have ever had. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex B
Cookie Love by Mindy Segal and Kate Leahy is filled with 60 intriguing cookie recipes from drop cookies to shortbread, sandwich, rugelach, and bars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 1840 Farm
terrific--not necessarily simple. Do wish she had provided weights for flourPublished 2 months ago by Carol Dobis Sakamoto
I saw Mindy on a talk show for PBS. She is a smart and intelligent person who loves to not only bake but cook too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cheryl Diebold