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Here is certainly a great book of different cookies
on December 3, 2012
Cookies, biscuits or whatever you call them, they can be rather addictive and just one is seemingly never enough. But why should children have all the fun?
Here this book seeks to address that and give a lot of great adult-friendly recipes that can be visually stunning, hopefully tasty and maybe more orientated towards adult tastebuds than store-bought versions. That said, unless you lace the cookies with alcohol, you probably could share these with your children. It is good to share.
The recipes are split into nine distinct chapters, all named with faux-cute titles such as "A Toast to the Good Life". This sort of approach doesn't really gel with this reviewer, generating a sort of little growl and moment of indignation instead of a gasp of admiration and appreciation. Why not use something descriptive at least? Each chapter has its own mini index showing a cookie's name, a brief description and a page number. But again, the cookies have all been given rather icky, faux names like that you would find in a chocolate box. Names such as 'Texture', 'Pesto' and 'Satisfaction'. What does it mean? Even with the descriptions it just feels such a waste.
In any case you can't fault the navigational signposting within this book. Everything is clear, ordered and seeks to direct the reader here and there. In what could be a first (at least for us) is the use of a QR (bar)code too, this is used for directing the reader to a web page on the Internet that has a photograph of the dish and a shopping list of ingredients. Assuming that the page doesn't disappear over time, this is just an extra useful, positive sign of thoughtfulness.
The recipes themselves give mixed feelings - and that is probably a good indication that they have something for every taste. Some of them look rather luxurious, grand affairs whilst some of them appear to be a sloppy mess on top of a biscuit. But once it is in your mouth it is the taste, rather than the look, that matters and in the aforementioned sloppy example, the ingredients all point towards a rather tasty sensation.
One interesting little feature is the pairing suggestion for each cookie, whether it be a cup of tea, a glass of merlot or even something stronger!
There are a LOT of recipes here so plenty to browse through (which is just as well, thanks to the rather odd naming used throughout). The end of the book is given over to an index of cookies by name as well as a thoughtful index by key flavours - now THAT is something else that other publishers could introduce.
So a bit of a mixed bag. Here is certainly a great book of different cookies suitable for many different occasions where adult company might crave something slightly more sophisticated than teddy bear cookies. A whole new angle has been considered and executed rather well. A few irritating issues that we can write down to personal taste. Certainly many more plusses than minuses. The recommended price tag might be a bit too high, but booksellers will inevitably discount this down anyway. The author and publisher has certainly found a good niche to fill and has made a good attempt in the process.