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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
Sally's blog is the only food blog I go to for recipes. I pre-ordered her cookbook as soon as I could because I knew she would put as much love and care into every recipe, photo, and lesson in her book. I received the book the other day and have already made her caramel corn (page 94), the gingersnaps (page 117), the lemon poppyseed muffins (page 13), and cake batter chocolate chip cookies (the cover recipe which is on page 106). Everything I made disappeared quickly and were all loved by my family, especially my children. I can't wait to make the brown sugar marble cake next. It looks so easy, yet elegant.

What I love about Sally's cookbook is that she took the time to include both cup and gram measurements, which is so helpful to those of us who like to be extra accurate with our measuring. Every single recipe has a beautiful photo to go along with it and the photos are on the opposite (or the same) page as the recipe, so you don't have to go flipping through the book to find the recipe's photo. Sally's recipe instructions are numbered, so it's very easy to follow along and remember where you left off in a recipe as you are going.

I own a lot of cookbooks and I usually find I want to make only a few recipes from each. But I will definitely be trying out every single one of the 75 recipes in Sally's cookbook! The whole book is full of winners.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2014
Like anything we buy, everything has it's pros and cons. The pros of this cookbook are as follows:
1.Great pics for every recipe---it's hard for most people (especially those new to cooking) to make a new recipe without a pic for a guideline...
2.Helpful hints are included that you can use with other recipes you may already have...
3.Interesting format regarding "getting to know" the author...i.e. family pics and her dog and fiancé etc...makes for enjoyable reading and her style of witty writing is a bonus...
4.Versatility of the recipes---many things can be substituted or added/subtracted without the end result being a catastrophe...For example if you are making cookies for a "black and white" themed party, you can take the recipe from which the cover pic comes from and instead of adding colored sprinkles, just use chocolate ones so you have a cookie to match the theme or use a variety of nut butters to replace the peanut butter in some recipes to add a little variety... Love the fact that the soft chocolate chip cookie recipes you can add different things (more choc chips, toffee bits etc..) once you take them out of the oven.

The cons of course are all mainly falling under the category of taste/texture preference.... For example, if you tend to like your muffins/cupcakes on the lighter texture-side, then maybe some of the ones in this book won't appeal to you...However if you are a fan of that "banana-bread-like" density, you would be loving those recipes... Same thing with sweetness factor etc....It's all subjective to what you like...Doesn't make one wrong or right...just preference... I think most people own many cookbooks and it isn't at all surprising if out of the whole book they only make a few of the recipes in it and just discard the ones that don't appeal to their liking... For example, if you were brought up in a home where mom cooked with onions, garlic and thyme and those seasonings, you might crave comfort foods that contain those things...whereas if someone was brought up where lots of peppers and hot sauce were the norm, you're comfort food might be made up of dishes similarly seasoned...Doesn't make one dish better than the other, just better suited to some tastes... I mention this especially since the author also has a blog in which she shares savory recipes as well. "Spiced right" to her tastes may be bland or overpowering to other tastes... The beauty is that you can take many recipes and use them as a guideline and then "season to taste" so to speak. However, some people are not comfortable with that idea whether it be because of time or money constraints or lack of cooking experience...

In a nutshell, the recipes I used from this book that we liked, we REALLY liked...and the ones we didn't; we REALLY didn't... It just depends on what taste/texture a person enjoys... I am grateful to the author especially for the chocolate chip cookie recipe that was just out of this world flavor-wise and also texture-wise.... Will be using that recipe again and again! Thank you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2014
If you are a fan of Sally's blog, buy this cookbook. If you've never read Sally's blog, buy this cookbook. If you've never baked a day in your life, buy this cookbook. It is so worth it. The directions are clear and easy to follow and the photographs are beautiful. The recipes don't require any funky ingredients that you'll never use again either. So far, I have only made the double chocolate muffins which came out looking exactly like the picture and received rave reviews from my friends. This will definitely be my go to cookbook for desserts from now on.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
There may be billions of cookbooks out there, but there is only ONE Sally. Every recipe that I have tried on her blog (and I've tried at least 20!) are incredible. Easy to follow, basic ingredients, DELICIOUS results. EVERY. TIME. So, it was a no-brainer for me to pre-order this book.

If you hate long reviews, here's the quick & dirty:
- EVERY recipe has a beautiful picture (so you know what you'll be making and if yours looks right).
- The instructions are straightforward.
- The ingredients are nothing WILD or something you won't be able to find.
- The flavor combinations are never weird or risky sounding.
- Your baking/cooking level is irrelevant. (Anyone can make these recipes and EVERYONE should.)
- Unlike other cookbooks, there are more than just 1 or 2 recipes worth adding to your collection. (You'll easily find 50!)
- Includes seasonal treats, classic treats, breakfast treats & even HEALTHY treats.
- Bottomline: There is simply no reason NOT to buy this cookbook.
- If you don't believe me, go to SallysBakingAddiction.com and try the first recipe you see. Then come back here and read this: I TOLD YOU SO.

Other insanely smart reasons for buying this cookbook:
- Double Chocolate Muffins: what!
- Powdered Sugar Doughnuts: um, YEAH.
- Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats: your new favorite thing about life!
- Sweet Peach Pie: hey everyone, meet THE SHIZZ.
- Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzels: just try to stay calm. JUST. TRY.
- GIANT Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: because you secretly adore wearing your fat pants.
- Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Cupcakes: it's like pure evil. for your mouth.
- NEED I GO ON?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
Sally's blog has been my go-to for sweet (and some not-so-sweet!) recipes for years. All my friends comment on how I always have such creative and yummy treats for parties & holidays. I feel guilty taking credit, so I am always quick to let them know that I'm merely a vessel for Sally's baking genius! I just follow the recipes! Every recipe that I've made, from cookies to cheesecake to granola, has been easy to follow and delicious.

I was so thrilled to receive her cookbook after pre-ordering. Her book lives up to the high standards set in her blog; engaging writing, beautiful photographs, and amazing recipes. I can't wait to try out some new recipes; I'm especially excited to try out the Salted Caramel Crispy Treats - they sound so easy and SO yummy :)

I am looking forward to more cookbooks from Sally in the future!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
I have followed Sally's blog from the beginning and waited for her cookbooks arrival since September. I just received it from amazon and it was soooo worth the wait. I LOVE the photos, colored borders on the pages, as well as, the little details: the stitching around the titles and Sally's tips for certain recipes. The steps are easy to follow and photos are drool worthy. I have made the cake batter cookies and they turned out just like the cover photo. So yummy! While I love the streamlined look of the page numbers for the different foods on the table of contents, the only thing I would add is specific page numbers for each recipe just so I can get to the recipe faster. :) well done!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2014
I ordered this cookbook a few months ago and it has been amazing having it. All of the recipes have been extremely delicious! I really enjoyed the section of her healthy baked goods. Her blog Sally's Baking Addiction is the best blog I have ever come across. I check my email every morning to see if there is a new recipe. I highly recommend getting her cookbook and following her blog
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
I LOVE Sally's Baking Addiction blog (check it out if you haven't seen it) and her recipes are wonderful. If you like sweets, and aren't afraid of all-things-sugary, like sprinkles and chocolate chips and gooey caramel, then this book is for you. Try the Apple Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream...life is too short not to!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2014
I have been following Sally's baking Addiction online. All my kids are grown and gone so I thought I'd get these as gifts for my daughter & daughter-in-laws for mothers day. There are so many fun and easy ideas, it is great for a busy mom that still wants to make treats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
I brought back from vacation freash Florida blueberries and made the buttermilk blueberry pancakes, they were delicious.The tip on making homemade buttermilk was awesome.I use this cookbook all the time.
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