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Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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“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)
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What is NOT easy on the organic front is to create stunning and colorful baked goods using organic or even just natural decorating materials, and the author brings absolutely nothing on this front - she employs commercial food dyes (e.g. the FD&C synthetics) and metallic dusts. There are potential natural alternatives to these synthetics (just look up "FD&C" on wikipedia) - it would be great if some one would write about how to successfully employ these alternatives and mix natural colors for cakes even half as beautiful as the author's creations!
What is GREAT about the book is the 'chic' aspect: it lives up to this part well with STUNNING and crowd-pleasing cakes. The recipes are user-friendly and well thought out.
I would have given 5 stars, if it weren't for the minimal-value-add organic aspect: i.e. if the book either didn't bother with organic, or if it truly gave us such beautiful cakes with natural materials. It seems like false advertising when you discover that none of the decorating material that made the cakes on the cover so beautiful were actually organic/natural like the title implies!!
Not only is this cookbook filled with beautiful pictures, but there are just loads of yummy-looking recipes. The book starts with recipes for cakes and cupcakes (along with frosting, curds, and filling recipes), then it has a section on cookies and bars, a section on reformed junk food, and one on farmers' market sweets. There is another section that will appeal to a lot of moms titled children's goodies which has easy, cute recipes geared towards little ones. The book ends with a wonderful chapter on Ms. Magid's design techniques along with step-by-step instructions.
I was pleasantly surprised by this cookbook not because of its recipes and photos, but rather because the instructions and explanations were so detailed and clear. The recipes and instructions for decorating were extremely easy-to-follow. Now making my cakes as gorgeous as the ones in the book might be a challenge, but I think that's because of my lack of skill and definitely not the fault of the instructions. And since I am not a regular consumer of organic foods, I loved how Ms. Magid explained the benefits of going organic as well as some name brands for organic baking goods. The last few pages of the cookbook also include explanations of various baking tools and how best to use them. I actually learned a great deal just by reading Ms. Magid's advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tried the apple cake. It was yummy but check on it well before the recommended time is done. It turned out quite dry because I left it for the entire time suggested.Published 1 month ago by C. LaBare
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 16 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 20 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