Throughout this otherwise lively new collection of wholesome, sophisticated baked goods, Magid uses the word "organic" like a cudgel-seemingly every ingredient is prefaced with the word. Though the term gets tiresome, Magid presents a measured argument for organic eggs, flours and sugars in her creations (though, puzzlingly, she has no problem with food coloring) as well as sourcing suggestions. In 60 recipes, Magid offers up crowd-pleasers like oatmeal raisin cookies and flourless chocolate almond cake, as well as homemade variations on childhood all-stars like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and Hostess Sno-balls. Grown-ups will swoon over her Lovely Lemon Cake with marshmallow frosting, Minty Strawberry Shortcakes and her Chocolate Love Blossom-a multilayer chocolate cake filled with vanilla whipped cream and/or a red currant curd, and covered with a rich ganache. Though the titles may sound ambitious, most recipes are more than manageable; Magid even includes an easy recipe for no-bake honey peanut dough to keep the kids busy.
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“With this cookbook, Magid upends many conventional recipes, and she offers recipes that promise attractive organic desserts… Her greatest contribution is a handful of cookie and cupcake recipes specifically designed to discourage children’s overconsumption of ubiquitous, industrial, mass-produced sweets.” (Booklist)
“There’s nothing crunchy about these stylish desserts.” (New York Times)
“Magid attempts to reinvent the way we think about organic baked goods. Instead of dense, bland nut loaves, she offers Carrot Cake with Cream CheeseLemon Zest Frosting, Double Ginger Cookies, and Goldies, her organic take on Twinkies. Magid’s style combines vivid colors, delicate details, and a serious dose of whimsy.” (Epicurious.com)
“Organic and Chic is bound to change the way you think about organic baking. [Magid’s] innate sense of style shines through in all her confections, from a supersophisticated Lotus Cake…to vegan Double Ginger Cookies, and her organic twists on junk food, including irresistible golddusted ‘Twinkies’ and silver ‘RingaDings.’” (BookPage)
I bought this as a gift for my granddaughter last Christmas. She is 15 and really into baking. She wanted an organic baking book so she could bake for her father who tries to eat... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BooBoo
Her cake recipes are good and designs are inspiring. I've enjoyed this book for a few years now and just bought a copy for a friend. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LisaW
LOVE this book - it's a staple in my kitchen. I bought a bunch as Christmas gifts this year - everyone who received one was really thrilled by it! Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by MICHELLE
I haven't baked anything yet but have read the whole book. The book is ok. Not what I thought it would be. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by L. Curren
First, the pictures are absolutely beautiful. The cakes and such are rather fussily (aka you need to actually be Martha Stewart or have the patience of a saint) decorated but they... Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Beth
My neighbor loaned me her copy, and I just had to purchase it for myself! Her recipes are relatively easy if you bake some, and there are some great kid friendly recipes as wellPublished on May 20, 2011 by MsOak
Even if you don't use all organic ingrediants this is the BEST baking book ever. From "reformed junk food" classics like Twinkies and Oreos to her tips on baking, and ideas on... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Bella Life
I received this book as a gift from my mother, who had heard Sarah on NPR one early morning. I was very skeptical at first, but I have used it so many times that many of the pages... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by April Gilbert
I don't even bake organic but I am still buying this book for the cake decorating alone! I checked it out of the library and was so disappointed when it was time to return it that... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Elizabeth Ward