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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847841049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847841042
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Learn to expect the unexpected from Sweet and Vicious. There is a fantastical element to the book that adds another dimension. What birthday reveler wouldn't be charmed by the mile-high cotton candy that garnishes the Fairground Attraction Cake? The fact that the recipes are extremely user-friendly and well-written adds to Summers' credibility...Clearly, she knows how to have fun, but she's also not afraid to get a little bawdy, with recipes like Looking for Mr. Goodbar Cake, Stoned Tart, and Retired Gingerbread Working Girls." -Philadelphia Inquirer

“Summers calls it baking with attitude–fearless and fun. Make your guests giggle and sigh as they slice into chocolate Post-Coital Pie or reach for another of Bob’s Fried Firecrackers. This is the only baking book I’ve ever seen that encourages you to change the recipes–”and make them more personal, more provocative.” And a provocative creativity is Summers’ main ingredient in chapters on cakes, sweet and savory breads and pastries, pies, cookies, even dog treats. But to break the rules, you need to learn them and Summers includes good basic skills and recipes. By the way, this stuff works. I took those Side Slap and Tickle Cookies to a party and made a new friend who fell for the malt and chocolate flavors. And the Pull-Apart Boy Bread flavored with garlic, olive oil, and grated Parmesan? It was pulled apart–fast–and devoured. When you need to make a statement or get some attention–make it Sweet & Vicious.” -Appetite for Books

"Rich in butter, sugar and spice, these recipes are not for the dieter or the faint of heart. With 100 recipes to choose from, it'll be hard for readers to decide where to start, but try the "Wahini Pie," a macadamia nut version of the traditional pecan pie, and there'll be no going back to your old recipes. Discover: Interesting new flavors blended together turn conventional desserts upside down." -Shelf Awareness

“Bake with attitude using blogger and style-maven Libbie Summer’s outrageously fun cookbook, Sweet & Vicious.”Southern Living

"...I absolutely loved it! Infused with Libbie Summers' humor and peppered with wonderful personal anecdotes, Sweet & Vicious offers recipes that take you a little out of your comfort zone - that make you a little less timid, a little more adventurous. They beg you to test your limits just ever so slightly - or sweetly... These recipes dare you to have fun, to enjoy, to be a little risky -or risque... It's a book you not only want to look at, but you will want to read - the back stories to many of these recipes are wonderful."  -The Entertaining House
 
“…challenges and charms our taste buds with daring delectables...Sweet & Vicious, the follow-up to her Whole Hog cookbook, dares us to take chances with fearless flavor combos in whimsical recipes with names that would make your grandmother blush…The cookbook is artfully rendered and tactile, just like the recipes inside, filled with stories that are, by turns, funny…” –Savannah Magazine
 
"This highly anticipated followup focuses on baking, using the same fun and creative outlook as its predecessor. Libbie's hilarious stories are still prevalent throughout the book, as are the outstanding photos...As expected, I can wholeheartedly recommend this lovely and edgy cookbook. Both recipes I've tried so far (and I guarantee there will be more soon) have hit the mark on all levels. If you love to bake and you're looking for some new and inventive ways to heat up your kitchen, Sweet and Vicious is the book for you." -MissionFood

"Libbie Summers expertly breaks down the inhibitions that we bring to baking (that notoriously finicky frontier for home cooks) and leads us to a freer, more creative place, where playfulness is paramount--and where the buttercream, flour and sugar boogie/breakdance together! "Sweet & Vicious" is an insanely colorful, energizing read, as well as a practical guide to creating more showstopping sweets."  –Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
 
“Wow! Be prepared to be inspired, enlightened, and delighted with these wonderfully diverse desserts, from Libbie Summers. Smoky, savory, salty, fruity, and fiery flavors come together in this collection of anything-but-ordinary cakes, breads, cookies…and more!”  –David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and Ready for Dessert
 
“What a gorgeous, divine, beautiful, sweet and saucy cook book. Not only do I want to make and eat everything in the book, I want to EAT the BOOK!”  –Carson Kressley, Emmy Award winning television personality
 
"Miss Libbie never misses: she's a vicious talent who just happens to be a sweetheart, too...I can't wait to make every single one of these fantastic and fun-filled fabulous recipes!"  –Alex Hitz, creator of The Beverly Hills Kitchen, author of My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist, Food Editor at House Beautiful 
 
“Libbie is a woman who knows how to have a fabulous time, both in and out of the kitchen. As an antidote to sourpuss bakers who take themselves and their "kwee-zeen" a little too seriously, dig into this hunger-inducing book. Open to any page, and I dare you not to blurt out (as I did), "OMG. I need to make that NOW."  –Rick Rodgers, The James Beard Foundation and IACP Award-winning author of over 40 cookbooks including The Chelsea Market Cookbook  
 
Sweet and Vicious is brilliant! Libbie is unstoppable, she has created a book full of surprises. Fun, inspired, full of flavor and most importantly delicious! Thank you Libbie my dogs and I applaud you''  –Grant Harold, royal etiquette consultant and former royal butler to HRH The Prince of Wales
 
"...I devoured this book cover to cover, laughing at her sometimes-bawdy wit and salivating at one enticing concoction after another. Test: If you can read the recipe for Salty Pumpkin Spice Cake and resist the urge to preheat your oven, you might not be from this planet.”  –Joe Yonan, food and travel editor of The Washington Post, author of Eat Your Vegetables
 
"The book is more than just gorgeously frosted cakes — there are plenty of quirky cookies, quick breads, and dog treats (yes, dog treats) that even apprentice-level bakers can tackle with confidence. It's also worth paging through this book just for the ideas alone. I love the flavor combinations and surprise ingredients..." -TheKitchn

About the Author

Libbie Summers, fearless, funny, and frank, is the author of The Whole Hog Cookbook. She began her culinary career as a chef on private yachts and went on to become a culinary producer. Her blog, Salted & Styled, won the IACP award for Best Food Blog 2012.

Customer Reviews

Plus the photography and her sense of style really make for a beautiful book.
Rachel
This is the first time I have ever bought an actual cookbook and it's already my favorite purchase of the year.
Anna H
Love the creativity, and looking forward to making a lot of the recipes in the book.
Donna D. Leandro

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emily A on April 11, 2014
I was sold on this book before I even opened it—I mean, the fore edges are pink. And what's inside is just as fun, colorful, stylish! Oh, and very delicious too. So far I've made the Salvation Cinnamon Rolls, Bourbon Laced Cookies and Red Velvet Cake and ALL have been major successes. I love how Sweet and Vicious is able to cater to both baking novices and experts while still being an enjoyable page turner filled with wit and humor. It practically drips with joy and color—and has become my new baking go-to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet Harrington on April 15, 2014
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Sassy, scrumptious, fearless,FUN! Libbie has a knack for making the most daunting recipe, puff pastry, seem like a "cake walk,". Her stories and tips are priceless. Chia Chong's photos have you licking the pages! This is a must read for anyone who wants to take dessert to the naughty and nice level!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By erica kelly on June 13, 2014
My mother is an amazing cook. She can whip up anything out of nothing and has an almond pound cake that should practically have its own Facebook page. But I am not my mother. I've learned to love the taste of raw dough because it ends up tasting better than the "Cookie Crispers" I tried to pass as intentional at my last weekend gathering.

Reading Sweet & Vicious gave me both hope and a few well-crafted side cramps from laughing so hard. Whether you're a baking pro or someone who would rather vicariously live through that pro on Pinterest, you will love this book. Laugh out loud to Libbie's stories, drool at some stunning visual styling, and maybe - just maybe - consider busting out the baking pan.

A must-buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on April 9, 2014
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Libbie Summers has taking the intimidating task of baking and turned it into a great big party! I am buying baking pans as I type! I love cookbooks but I have to say this cookbook has a personality all it's own! The writing is wicked funny and the images by Ms. Chong are inspiring. Buy it even if you don't bake. Because after reading this, you will! Have fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mitchell pennell on July 21, 2014
Agreed this is one of the most beautiful cook books I've seen, but what I love most is how I feel inspired to get in the kitchen and bake!
I also appreciate this book because it isn't about the chef or author but about the fun and beauty of food. The recipes allow for personal taste with room to adjust some ingredients. I bump up the ginger in my Jacked-Up Ginger Cookies (which is by far a favorite for anyone who has eaten one or twelve). Some other new staples for me will definitely be Salvation Cinnamon Rolls, Upside Down Corn Cake and Salty Pumpkin Spice Cake.
Looking forward to seeing what's next from Summers!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anna H on April 8, 2014
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I'm not a huge fan of cookbooks...probably because I'm not a cook and I'm not a baker. Amazingly enough, the recipes in this book make me want to get in the kitchen ASAP. Not only is every recipe mouthwatering, but the stories behind each cake, cookie, pie, and pastry are heartwarming and hilarious. Also, the author is freakin' adorable. Libbie Summers is fabulous, stylish, and outlandishly talented, and she's not afraid to show it in Sweet & Vicious. Even the book pages are tipped hot pink!

I'll admit it. This is the first time I have ever bought an actual cookbook and it's already my favorite purchase of the year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By candace brower on June 13, 2014
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Now I love cookbooks. I love the pictures, the new ideas, the recipe possibilities. This is not your average cookbook y'all. Libbie Summers takes baking up to a whole nother level. From lemonheads to lavender...every thing is new and exciting. Thank you Libbie Summers for this book. It's s'nice that you care for us and created this wonderful piece of art. PS: Speaking of piece...you won't be able to eat just one piece of the wahini pie. TRUST ME.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wawsha on April 9, 2014
Baking make super fun and easy love it!!!!! I can't wait to have a party so i can show off some of these tasty treats
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