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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060096764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060096762
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The talented team behind the Ultimate cookbook series (The Ultimate Shrimp Book; The Ultimate Brownie Book; etc.) brings its ebullient creativity to this very American quick bread, explaining muffins' origins and providing many tips on technique, ingredients and equipment. They also include a source guide and an extremely helpful list of recipes by ingredient (e.g., all muffins with chocolate). The authors present their 101 master muffin recipes alphabetically—Almond through Zucchini—and offer several variations for each. Recognizing the recent "cupcakeization" of muffins, Weinstein and Scarbrough offer quite a few light and/or savory selections, such as Low-Fat Banana or Green Onion Parmesan. But there is no denying their sweet tooth, as witnessed by Coffeecake and Marmalade Muffins for breakfast, or Fudge, Macaroon, and Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins for dessert. Those on special diets will relish the selection of dairy- and gluten-free muffins, and for holidays, cooks might consider Haroseth, Fruitcake or Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins. Some of the ingredient combinations veer into the questionable (e.g., frankfurter-laden Corn Dog Muffins, Strawberry Black Pepper Muffins, or Duck Confit Quiche Muffins). Still, it's hard to resist the authors' user-friendly instructions, punchy head notes, clever suggestions and enthusiasm for their subject. Photos not seen by PW.
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About the Author

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the award-winning authors of nineteen cookbooks. They are contributing editors to Eating Well and columnists for, and they contribute regularly to Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, the Washington Post, and other publications. When they're not teaching cooking on Holland America cruise ships, they live in rural Litchfield County, Connecticut, with a fairly sane collie named Dreydl.

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Customer Reviews

Only one wish--that there were calorie counts!
Serious reader
I wouldn't waste my time and ingredients on another recipe to prove to myself that the book is worth buying.
Has a lot of different recipes He like every one I have made so far..
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 17, 2004
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This is the eighth `Ultimate' cookbook title for authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. Others have been on chocolate cookies, potatoes, brownies, shrimp, candy, ice cream, and party drinks. This is the first of this series I have reviewed and I sense the format works much better for a subject like muffins, brownies, and chocolate cookies, where all recipes have a lot in common than it does for potatoes or candy, where there is a large variation in cooking techniques.

The cover announces that the book contains over 600 recipes for sweet and savory muffins. This blurb may be misleading in two ways. First, there are only 100 full-page recipes, with each recipe expanded by up to eight (8) variations, and each variation is treated as a recipe. The potential number of preparations may go well beyond the 600 if you combine the 100 basic recipes with the ten (10) toppings (icings) recipes, giving a thousand variations. For sure, some toppings will simply not go with some muffins, but you get the idea.

By `muffin', the authors mean the classic American muffin that is a chemically leavened quickbread baked in a muffin tin, developing a domelike cap, and typically not iced. Unlike a cupcake, muffin recipes are meant to stand on their own, so they typically have more moisture and more flavor than the cupcake, since the icing is what usually carries the water for a cupcake. The authors specifically exclude the `English' muffin that is an entirely different animal.

The very best part of this book is the first chapter, `Making Muffins' which includes just about every tip you could possibly imagine regarding muffins, plus important notes on equipment and ingredients.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cate on July 2, 2005
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I purchased this book about a year ago and have used it so often, the pages are adorned with flour and sugar stains, splashes of milk and vanilla!

My three year old son and I embark on bi-weekly "cupcake" adventures, and so far, we've made the chocolate chip muffins, low-fat chocolate chip muffins, applesauce muffins, beer muffins, blueberry muffins, cheddar muffins, graham cracker muffins, cocoa muffins, corn muffins, and peanut butter muffins. They have all been delicious, depending on one's preferences. In fact, they've been so good that we frequently re-make the recipes we've already tried instead of moving on to attempt new ones (usually my son's vote).

Additionally, there are so many recipes listed, one can sit down with the book prior to a special event and select many recipes to complement that day (for Christmas this year, I made batches of the peanut butter, chocolate chip, graham cracker, and blueberry muffins--we had three guests and the muffins were gone in TWO days). Additionally, there are a number of recipes that could accompany dinners (we made the corn muffins one evening when we had chili and the beer muffins on Thanksgiving). I am eager to try the Quiche Lorraine muffins for breakfast the next time we have weekend visitors and am considering making the cheesecake muffins for an upcoming picnic.

One of my favorite things about this book is the way that nutritious ingredients are often incorporated into the recipes. The carrot muffins are a nice way of getting a child to eat carrots, and many of the recipes are made with applesauce (my son does not touch fruit, so even though the amount of applesauce is negligible, I count this! He also will not blueberries by themselves but will inhale a blueberry "cupcake!
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By AnnT on December 17, 2004
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Apple Muffin recipe - great. Black Forest muffin recipe - in the TRASH(after buying almond extract, eggs, milk, sour cherries, chocolate). Baked beautifully - smelled great - tasted - too horrible to describe. Like one of those Little Rascal episodes where someone pours the wrong ingredient into a cake batter. When I contacted one of the authors, Bruce, he (or someone answering his email) replied: "Yes - there's 3/4 cup of sugar might enjoy ... our other books...."

Aside from the ingredients and TIME and energy wasted - this recipe was obviously not tested after publication. How much more should we waste on other recipes in the book? Here's the reply:



First off, I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience baking one our recipes. I am sorry that you had to spend money on ingredients for that recipe. Yes, there is a mistake. There is no sugar listed and there should be. There should be 3/4 cup sugar added to the egg yolk, milk, and sour cream mixture. This error will be fixed in future printings.

I am glad that you enjoyed th apple muffins. They are a variation on an apple cake that my grandmother used to make me. I am sure she'd be delighted that people are enjoying it. I hope you have also tried some of our other books. You might really enjoy the ultimate ice cream book or the ultimate brownie book.

Take Care

--Bruce Weinstein
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fabiola Galvan Negrete on October 10, 2005
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I find the book very very good. I loved those of cappuccino with Oreo and to my children also. I also found those of Piña Colada delicious. I have not wanted to make more because the whole day could pass eating them. I recommend it thoroughly
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