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Cook's Country Blue Ribbon Desserts Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Common Press; Spi edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933615796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933615790
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By lsheppard on March 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for six months for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and have tried dozens of variations. I bought my Blue Ribbon Cookbook several days ago. I tried the Ultimate Chocolate Chip cookie recipe...wow, what a winner! It is absolutely the best recipe I've ever tried. If you have leftover cookies, they are excellent several days later. The recipe calls for several steps that make it slightly more time-consuming; however, the difference is worth the effort. Another plus, each recipe explains what the chefs tried that didn't work, then what they tried that did work, some discoveries by sheer accident. Included are 101 tips for successful baking including measuring, equipment, creaming, etc. This dessert cookbook is by far the best cookbook I've seen. I look forward to baking more of the recipes!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HanaasKitchen on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is a sturdy spiral-bound hardcover. It lays flat when you bake from it which is great! With more than a 120 recipes to choose from, it'll keep you busy for a while :o) Almost every recipe contains a section in which they explain how they went about developing the recipe, the pitfalls they ran into, and most importantly, how they resolved them or worked around them. I also enjoyed reading "The American Table" sections which talked about the history of a particular dessert. There are about 7 broad "chapters", containing a vast array of dessert recipes, from pies and puddings, to (cup)cakes, bars and cookies. There's even a chapter called Holiday Cookie Swap! Almost every recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph of the final product and/or helpful step-by-step pictures. Unfortunately, the ingredients in this book are given in volume measurements only. However, there's a page at the end of the book that can be referenced for weight measurements for the most commonly used ingredients in the book. That helped me a lot since I like to use my scale when I bake.

Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of Cook's Country Blue Ribbon Desserts from the editors at America's Test Kitchen. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allan R on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My girlfriend loves to watch America's Test Kitchen and wanted a new dessert cookbook, so I knew that this one would be a good fit for her. Here's her review:

So far so good. I've tried some of the cookie recipes and they've all been successful, but you have to follow the directions. These recipes are "tested" so it doesn't work as well if you don't follow the directions that they spell out for you. For example, if they say to whisk the batter and let it sit for 3 minutes then repeat 3 more times, do it. It's these odd directions that lead to a successful cookie. I originally got the chocolate chip cookie recipe that's in this cookbook from watching it on the show, pausing, and writing down all of the instructions. It's worked every time. Now that I have the actual recipe in this cookbook, I can read exactly what they were "showing" on the TV show. I also really like the brown sugar cookie recipe, and so does everybody else who ate them up.

The downside to this book is that there aren't photos for every dessert. I'm a visual person and it's hard to know if the dessert came out right if I don't have something to compare to in the end. Also, sometimes I choose what recipe to try out next by the way the photo looks or makes me salivate. You can't do this with this cookbook. Other than that, I have not complaints. I'd highly recommend this cookbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid home baker, and much of it, I'd have to say, is to do with this book. I started baking more often after I got married (and had the income to spend on baking ingredients). My husband is an E.R. nurse, and I bake different desserts to take to the hospital and share with the other nurses, doctors, techs, etc. I have a stricter standard, I think, than most people, so while some of the recipes I might only give 4 stars, the masses voted them about ten stars out of five. That said, I have only come across 2 recipes that I thought were duds, Blueberry Boy Bait, which was just kind of blah and not very moist or sweet, and the black bottom cupcakes which came out greasy, and 2 which aren't that great, the hazelnut chewies, which were expensive to make and didn't have much flavor, and the yellow cupcakes were bland, but then, I don't like yellow cake much, so it might be biased. I have found a great number that, even to me, are the best recipes ever, like Mississippi Mud brownies, Linzer Cookies (which is what I call them, I can't remember their name), the chocolate cake from the cover, which is filled with home made choc. pudding, lemon pound cake, and many more. So many times, I'm asked for the recipe when I make desserts to share. Also, as some mentioned in other reviews, the binding of this book is really that, a binder. It always lies flat, which sounds like a small thing, but you don't have to weigh it down trying to keep your page open, which is great. I don't know why another reviewer said there weren't many pictures. Actually, compared to the usual America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, this one has a great number. I have a mind to buy this cookbook for every bridal shower I go to from now on. I have many other cookbook with desserts in them, but the first one I always reach for when I want to try something different is this one.
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