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Cookies at Home with The Culinary Institute of America Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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From quick and easy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Fudge Brownies to delightful Lemon Meringues and French Macaroons, this delicious cookie compendium includes nearly 100 recipes of every type and stripe. Cookies at Home covers basic cookie-baking techniques and offers helpful tips on equipment, ingredients, and decorating—all beautifully illustrated with drawings and full-color photography throughout.
No matter what kind of cookies you favor, whether as simple as chocolate chip or as complex as a gingerbread house, this book helps you take your home-baked cookies to new and delicious heights. Chapters include:
Cookie Baking Equipment: Full details on how to stock your kitchen with everything you need (and nothing you don't) to bake delicious cookies that will delight friends and family alike.
Basic Baking Ingredients and Methods: Comprehensive explanations of both basic and special ingredients and their baking properties, as well as methods for mixing and preparation.
Décor and Packaging: Everything you need to know about decorating cookies, including chocolate décor, royal icing, and other techniques, plus packaging considerations when giving cookies as a gift.
Drop Cookies: Easy-to-follow recipes for basic drop cookies such as classic chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal, as well as more exciting, nontraditional recipes.
Bar Cookies: Simple but exciting recipes for traditional bar cookies like brownies and blondies plus techniques for layering and glazing.
Rolled, Cut-Out, and Sliced Cookies: Cookies that are cut or sliced from a flattened stiff dough before baking, including sugar cookies, gingerbread, and shortbread.
Molded, Stenciled, and Shaped Cookies: Unique and beautiful cookies using premade molds, stencils, or stamps, and usually decorated by hand.
Piped and Twice-Baked Cookies: Crisp and dry cookies, such as lemon meringue and biscotti, that are often dipped in chocolate or other coatings.
Savory Cookies: Mouthwatering baked concoctions using cheeses, herbs, vegetables, seasonings, and even meats—including puff pastries and canapés.
With simple step-by-step techniques, straightforward baking advice, and expertly tested recipes, Cookies at Home will enable you to produce cookies that will rival those of a seasoned professional baker.
From the Back Cover
Chewy, crispy, rich, and crunchy . . . who doesn't want a cookie right now? In Cookies at Home, you'll find crackles, thumbprints, butterballs, s'mores bars, kipferls, linzers, macaroons, blondies, amaretti, snickerdoodles, and anything else you can dream of. From beloved favorites like Mexican Wedding Cookies and zesty Lemon Bars to showstopping newcomers like Chocolate-Pecan Shortbread and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies, you'll never run out of delicious ideas.
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Top Customer Reviews
The 218-page, square-shaped book fits on the typical bookshelf and features plenty of 'tasty' full-color photographs of finished products and of some key baking techniques (where appropriate.) The book starts with a chapter on useful cookie baking equipment: weighing and measuring tools; hand tools from rolling pins to sieves to knives, graters, zesters, whisks, spoons and spatulas; tools for baking such as parchement paper, pots, pans, baking sheets and cooling racks; and appliances like ovens, mixers, blenders and food processors. Next, the authors present material on basic ingredients and methods in cookie making. There is a chapter devoted to decorating and packaging cookies that is aimed at the home baker who wants to 'gift' cookies but is probably of more interest to the culinary student who is looking to open a shop or to bake for the restaurant trade.Read more ›
Because it came from a Cooking Institute, it should come with precise measurements instead of only cups and spoons.
But really, this is only my opinion.
It is a gorgeous book with lots of easy and Yummy recipes. Just tried the Carrot Cookies and used some my home Juicer pulp and became the best cookie I've ever made.
There is advice on equipment needed for baking, basic ingredients and methods to make and mix. There are some photos that show how to do this and also decoration. Hints are given for such things as; freezing and baking in batches. There are pictures or diagrams for most of the cookies.
For the most part the recipes are the same as in many other cookie books, with the exception of the savory cookies; many of which are excellent.
There is a glossary and resources, 1 for Canada and others for the United States. Templates are included, that will have to be enlarged for the gingerbread house recipe. There is also an index.
This is a book that, if you do not have cookie recipe books, will come in handy, or if you want some of the very tempting savory cookies included in that chapter.
I am still anxious to try some of the other recipes, but have other CIA books and know they sometimes do not test their recipes properly in home kitchens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Most of my favorite cookies were in this book and the recipes are all working so far.Published 5 months ago by Ronnie L
If you enjoy baking but don't want it to be too complicated then this is the book for you. The direction are easy and the photos are greatPublished on February 14, 2013 by Meredith from Baltimore
The picture on the cover got me. I love these Linzer Tart cookies. I am originally from New York and the bakeries there ALWAYS have these wonderful tarts or cookies. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Linda D. Estrada