The Cookie Companion is in the King Arthur tradition, which means that it's a teaching cookbook--one overflowing with tips, pointers, lore, and other compelling information. Thus, for example, the introduction to Special Roll-Out Sugar Cookies informs readers that thorough dough-rolling creates thin, snapping-crisp cookies, but roll the dough a bit thicker, and "youve got crunchy." Their no-detail-too-small introductory basics are greatly aided by the tour-de-force illustrations of Laura Hartman Maestro. For example, a box on bar-cookie cutting shows readers the five basic size configurations, depending on pan dimensions. Bakers who have routinely paused, knife in hand, before a pan of just-baked brownies, trying to decide how to end up with, say, 24 large squares, won't, following the illustrations, do so again. A section on cookie decoration is equally definitive, as is a final chapter on ingredients, which offers, for example, a full discussion of sugars, plus asides like "Is Splenda the Answer to Low-Calorie Baking" (maybe) and "Can I Substitute a Liquid Sweetener for a Dry One to Make My Cookies Sifter?" (sometimes, but never measurement for measurement).
With "Create-a-Cookie," a section that focuses on manipulating basic dough mixtures to make checkerboard and pinwheel cookies among others; recipes for glazes, icings, dips and finishes; illustrated equipment profiles; plus color photos that depict the cookies in all their edible glory, the book is, simply, a must-have for cookie bakers everywhere. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I received the book in time and the recipes are wonderful, but the first pages are not bound into the book. Disappointing as it was a gift.Published 4 days ago by Angela Smith-Butterwick
I love this book so much that I don't want to return it. However, I received it yesterday and the first time I open it the pages ripped away from the spine of the book. It is sad. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sharon Munden
Good recipes but needs to be updated. Techniques are more up-to-date on the website and in conflict with the book. It confused my mother, the queen of cookies.Published 25 days ago by Rabbid Reader
This book exceeded my expectations. Great recipes and a good read.Published 3 months ago by Christine Carson