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Mary Alice Bean
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Book Description

This book is dedicated to all the service men and women who so valiantly protect our homelands all over the world. Mary Alice Bean, a top selling author in this niche, favorite quick cake recipe is the Buttermilk Pound Cake.

Product Details

  • File Size: 126 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: TX Los Creek on Main LLC (March 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O4HGB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want Cookies! April 4, 2012
By Kitty
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The second that I got this book, I made the Grandmother's Excellent Cookies and took them to work. Several of my co-workers told me that these cookies reminded them of how their Mother's baked cookies & were very tasty. The next day I made the Texas Brownies and they came out soft and very, very scrumptious! Hands down the best brownies that I have ever had!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible To Cook From! April 27, 2012
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Mary Alice Bean has put together a fairly extensive collection of dessert, cookie and candy recipes in VEGETARIAN DESSERTS - COOKIES & CANDY (VEGETARIAN RECIPE COLLECTIONS). While she has included a Table of Contents, it is nothing more than a list of the 69 included recipes that is not interactive and does not interface with the Kindle Navigation menu.

From Grandma's point of view as a cook and reader, the single most basic requirement for any cookbook is that you are able to find the recipe that you want to make when you want to make it, without having to page and page and page and page and page. This is not Mary Alice's first cookbook and I know she's heard this complaint before. On this point alone I would award no more than two stars to this book. But there's more . . .

In Grandma's Kindle for Mac app, each of the more than 60 recipes in the book manages to take up just one page, though on the iPad each requires two. (That means you are going to have to page twice per recipe to get to the one you want!) Most unfortunately, in either app, the recipes are laid out with no space between the ingredient list and the directions or even the paragraphs in the directions. They all look like a bit like this


Pie dough to equal 3 piecrusts
3 cans apple pie filling
3/ 4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/ 2 - 2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/ 4 cup white cooking wine
1 cup water
Divide dough into 2 pieces approximately 1/ 3 - 2/ 3 ratio. Roll out the 2/ 3 portion on a lightly floured pastry mat into a rectangle about 15' x19." Roll around rolling pin to handle easily, then place in a 9" x13" x2" baking pan.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended April 27, 2012
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There is a list of recipes, but not a linked table of contents. This means there's no way to find a recipe other than paging through or searching to find a recipe. (Searching is very tedious on my e-ink Kindle.)

The author doesn't give any information about the vegetarian aspect of this cookbook. There is a note at the beginning that says "Substitute Kosher Gelatin in any recipes in this book that call for gelatin. Kosher gelatin can be purchased at any health food store and does not contain animal fat."

Okay, but what about those vegetarians who avoid dairy and eggs? Shouldn't there be some sort of text that either says "don't buy this book if you don't eat dairy or eggs" or some sort of vegetarian-appropriate alternative suggested? At least, that's what I expect from a cookbook written from a vegetarian perspective. This book uses eggs, cream, buttermilk, milk, cream cheese, etc.

The recipes are not all that easy to follow; some ingredients run together on one line:
3 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup vegetable cooking oil
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained 2 cups mashed bananas

Frequently, the instructions for a particular set of ingredients appears in the list, then the next set of ingredients and their instructions. For example, in Basic Muffins, the dry ingredients are listed, then:
In a large bowl, stir together using a whisk. Make a well in the center.
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup milk

I don't really want a creative format in my recipes. I'm used to the "list of ingredients, then the directions" format, and this would just throw me off.

All in all, with the lack of a table of contents, the poor format of the recipes, etc., it's just unusable to me.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian Desserts - Cookies & Candy April 4, 2012
By jdc
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I found this to be an excellent book of recipes. The recipes and directions are good for both novice and experienced cooks. Don't let the "vegetarian" label misguide you....these are good!
There is nothing like home made dessert and a glass of milk.
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More About the Author

Mary Alice Bean lives in the Texas Hill Country where she pounds out cookbooks on her computer. She has self published three cookbooks that have sold well locally and wrote The Cooking Corner for a North Texas newspaper for several years. This is her first time to publish in Kindle and is already among the top selling authors in this niche. She is looking forward to publishing more cookbooks on Kindle. Mary Alice attended Baylor University and North Texas State University. She retired as a Certified Surgical Technician several years ago.


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