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Cookies for Kids' Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
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I was so excited to hold this cookbook.... as soon as I opened it I noticed the awesome pictures of baked goods and the yummy recipes. As I looked further in the book I began to read the stories and it just amazed me how something so simple could inspire so many people to make a difference for children by holding a bake sale.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
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My wife just baked up a batch of the blondies.....so good. She loves to bake and purchased this book because the proceeds support children's cancer research. We just ordered 4 more copies along with the OXO cookie spatula to give as gifts. The book has a nice assortment of recipes that may be used in setting up your own bake sale.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
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Bot 100 copies of Cookies for Kids Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook. My clients, friends, families, strangers on the street will receive copies. It is the perfect gift.
When the books arrived everyone crowded into my office oohing and aahing. (Our office held the first CFKC bakesale). Here are a few of my coworkers comments: "stunning', 'moving', inspirational, 'colorful' 'amazing'' vibrant',`makes me want to raise money', `great way to help kids learn to be philanthropic', `makes me hungry!'
Kate, wants to do a "Julie and Julia" next year--work her way through the cookbook, have bake sales for CFKC.
Liam, your mom IS doing everything she can.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
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With the Internet's seemingly bottomless well of free recipes at your fingertips, it's not easy to justify spending money on a cookbook and clearing space for it on a shelf. The Cookies for Kids' Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook should absolutely be the exception.

This book was written by Gretchen Holt Witt, the mom of a preschool aged boy diagnosed with cancer (specifically neuroblastoma) in February 2007. As she and her husband absorbed the many grim realities associated with their son's illness, Gretchen was shocked to learn that the terrifying survival rate was directly related to how little money was allocated to research by the government and drug companies, despite the fact that pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18. So while Gretchen was guiding Liam through surgeries, chemo and radiation, she was hatching a plan to hold a bake sale to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research. She and a small army of 250 volunteers baked 96,000 cookies in a borrowed space. Dozens of other families whose children were also battling neuroblastoma took orders from relatives, friends and neighbors. All 96,000 were sold, packed and shipped within three weeks, and the event raised over $400,000. Soon, it became clear that something bigger than one bake sale had begun. Requests for cookies continued to pour in.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer was the result, an organization founded to do fundraising and funnel money directly to doctors doing cutting-edge work developing new, improved cancer therapies specifically for children. The concept is simple yet sweet: Hold a local bake sale on behalf of Cookies for Kids' Cancer. This book is a treasure trove of easy-to-follow crowd pleasers, from cookies and cupcakes to brownies and blondies, with some other treats for good measure. Scattered among the recipes and gorgeous photographs you'll find snapshots and real-world advice from people around the country who have held bake sales. Tips abound about how to choose a great location, pricing, you name it--with this book in hand, you can become part of the movement for kids with cancer to receive age-appropriate, curative therapies so they can go on to lead normal lives.

Though his cancer-ravaged body is gone, Liam Witt's generous spirit lives on every time somebody buys a treat at a Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale. Help his adoring mother fulfill what is now her life's mission by ordering this book. Then hold a bake sale. Be part of the solution--all author proceeds go to Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2011
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This is a very well done cookbook. To those who are concerned that the hardcover will be impossible to keep open while cooking, guess what? This book is spiral-bound and stays open perfectly! I'm currently working in oncology at a children's hospital and can't think of a better reason to buy this book. These kids are so amazing, loving and brave. They certainly deserve a healthy future, and this book is really worth getting to help them out. Great pictures and stories throughout, this is going to be a book that will be used every holiday, and will fill my heart with warmth and memories each time I use it. Buy it with the OXO Good Grips "Good Cookie" spatula to make an even greater impact on the fight against childhood cancer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
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If you just read the intro to the book, you'll want to buy it, if for nothing else than the help the wonderful Cookies for Kids' Cancer organization. But don't let that be the only reason. Sure, you should read the story of how this amazing mom simply would NOT accept the harsh reality that pediatric cancer research gets virtually NO funding. You could get mad, but instead, you should be inspired. Inspired by her example, and the example set by literally thousands of others, to do something about it, and hold a bake sale. And that's where the book really comes in handy. It showcases some of the great bake sales this charity has inspired, both big and small (and no bake sale is small!) and gives invaluable tips and ideas. But the real gems are the recipes, which are foolproof and wonderful. There's something for everyone, from chocoholics to sugar cookie lovers.

Just on a practical level, love the spiral binding so the book stays open while baking.

The book also makes a great gift for the baker in your life. How many books inspire, do good (proceeds to charity) and give you awesome recipes? Not many!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
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Recipes are are certainly easy to come by these days given the internet, but it is really refreshing to have an actual book to look at ! Sometimes, you just want to page through something in your hand, and what a colorful and beautiful book to do just that with.

The recipes are scrumptious - everything from basic to more interesting cookie/bar/brownie options. The fact that the proceeds from this book will benefit Cookies for Kids' Cancer make it so worthwhile! Makes a terrific gift for anyone (along with the Oxo Good Cookies spatula that another reviewer suggested) - and Christmas is right around the corner.

Thank you, Gretchen, for continuing to spread awareness about pediatric cancer and the lack of funding available to children afflicted with cancer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
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As the Mom of an 8-year old daughter who really enjoys to bake I found this book to be a wonderful addition to our kitchen library. There are so many baking/cooking books 'out there' but this book just called to us...both. The recipes are fabulous, but that's not even the best of it. The pictures... the stories... not only do I get to bake with my daughter and enjoy our special time together. But she gets to learn so much. This book has given her an awareness she may never have known. She brought it to 'show & tell' to share the book [and more importantly it's awareness] with her teacher and classmates & she's already planning a BAKE SALE to help raise money for the very neccesary cause of COOKIESFORKIDSCANCER. Indeed this is a most wonderful cooking book that sweetens ones life in so many beautiful ways. (By the way, my Christmas shopping is near complete as I have purchased this for family/friends, my daughters teachers & sport coaches!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
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Who doesn't love cookies? And who doesn't cry at the thought of a child with cancer? This cookbook is the sweetest way to help all those children with cancer and taste the best cookies ever!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
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How many cookbooks inspire you to actually be a better person and want to affect change in the world? In all the cookbooks I've ever used, flipped through, added to my own collection, not one has made me want to do something for others the way this book does! The recipes are amazing (I've made a number of them in the few weeks I've had the cookbook), the pictures are beautiful (the photos and layout of the cookbook are incredible), and the stories and personal reflections honestly made me cry. Gretchen and team truly outdid themselves with this cookbook! Everyone who likes to bake, loves to eat baked goods, and/or wants to help raise necessary funding for pediatric cancer research needs to pick up a copy and add it to their library of cookbooks! It makes a great gift too!!!
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