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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Lindner McGlinn is a pastry chef, teacher, historian, and author. The former executive editor of Art Culinaire, she is a lifestyle and food writer for several Philadelphia-area magazines. She lives outside Philadephia.

Béatrice Peltre is a Boston-based photographer.

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I'm craving cozy days in front of the fire with a book and a pot of tea.
Corrie Snell
I have made a couple of the recipes in this book and each of them turned out fantastic.
Shymsal
Purchased a gingerbread rag doll to go with the book gift and was so cute.
Patty Key

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on a whim at the bookstore and am quite glad I did. It goes far beyond the well-known gingerbead cake and gingerbread men with many other ginger-y delights. I have a lot of cookbooks so a determining factor in my purchase was that I hadn't seen the vast majority of these tempting recipes anywhere else.

Be warned that the average person is not likely to have all the ingredients at hand. I consider myself a baker but do not stock whole wheat flour, rice flour or almond flour, nor do I have Chinese five-spice powder, orange flower water, maple extract, candied citron or quince jelly. Make sure you read the recipe far enough in advance to allow time for a trip to the grocery store (and possibly a specialty cooking store such as Sur La Table).

After a brief introduction, the author provides an overview of necessary equipment and recommended ingredients. Most cooks are likely to have all the necessary equipment: stand mixer, baking pans, baking sheets, wire cooling racks and parchment paper or silicone liners. Interesting facts about the history of gingerbread are scattered throughout the book.

The first chapter is on cakes and incudes recipes for Grandmom Lindner's Favorite Gingerbread Cake, Gingerbread Pound Cake, Pumpkin-Gingerbread Cake, Apple Butter-Gingerbread Cake, Spiced Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake, Gingerbread Rum Cake, Ginger Syrup-Soaked Gingerbread Cake, Marbled Gingerbread-Almond Loaf Cake, Robert's Celebration Gingerbread Cake, Carol Lee's Jeweled Gingerbread Fruitcake, Rich Chocolate Gingerbread Cake, and Eliza Leslie's Lafayette Gingerbread.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Corrie Snell on September 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some people may think I'm crazy to say this, but I'm looking forward to winter! I'm craving cozy days in front of the fire with a book and a pot of tea. I'm also really craving the cozy foods that go along with the season. Gingerbread is a cozy food, so I ordered this book. First, I was pleased that this book, being focused on one narrow topic, was not a tiny booklet with maybe only a couple dozen recipes. Instead, it is nicely sized, with about 60 recipes and 23 photos.

Second, all the recipes are appealing to me. They are surprisingly quite varied. I think the first things I'll be making will be: Grandmom Lindner's Favorite Gingerbread Cake (looks simple, moist and delicious), Robert's Celebration Gingerbread Cake (a layer cake with meringue and a praline buttercream...oh man!), Twice-Gingered Shortbread sounds good, as do the Gingerbread Madeleines (perfect with that pot of tea in front of the fire),---- I'm about to list all the recipes here!----Gingerbread Blondies, a Gingerbread-Blackberry Trifle, a Gingerbread Buche de Noel with chestnut buttercream, and Gingerbread Ice Cream...I'll stop. It'll be so hard to choose one to try first!

I'll update this review as soon as I've made a few of the recipes.

Update (4/30/10): I only got around to making 5 recipes, but they were all quite good. I did have a little trouble with the rum sauce recipe. It doesn't seem possible to dissolve the sugar with the amount of butter listed...

I still highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allodynie on November 19, 2012
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I got this book for the Holidays last year, and I love it! Great book, nicely detailed. I would have loved even more pictures!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shymsal on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have made a couple of the recipes in this book and each of them turned out fantastic. In fact, the results managed to change people who didn't even like the items in question (caramels, toffee and gingerbread cake in my case)into fans. Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Morris on January 23, 2013
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This is a book with great fundamental recipes for gingerbread as well as some new interpretations on modern cuisine - with a gingerbread flare. Any serious baker should take a look at the wide range of recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D J Phillips on January 13, 2014
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I had seen this book at a friends house and enjoyed it enough to purchase it as a gift. Now I have to order one for me too.
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By Lady Haase on December 7, 2014
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Recipes for all types of gingerbread abound in this small treasure. I actually was pleased to receive this. Recipes for building gingerbread houses usually aren't as tasty or soft in texture because of the need for strength in buildings. But, these recipes are from the "OLD" school of breads, cookies, cakes and other treats. Each is redolent of ginger, cinnamon, and other wonderful autumn spices.
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By Sharon Eidinger on January 7, 2013
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I made one of the gingerbreads and it was very easy and quite good. I enjoyed reading other recipies in the book
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