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Love Layer Cakes: Over 30 Recipes and Decoration Ideas for Scrumptious Celebration Bakes
Love Layer Cakes: Over 30 Recipes and Decoration Ideas for Scrumptious Celebration Bakes
by Peggy Porschen
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous layer cakes that are simple but elegant!, July 1, 2015
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Fab-u-lous! As always, gorgeous cakery from one of the Queen's of Cakes! A large, gorgeous cake-packed teaching book from our Ms. Peggy. There are 159 pages of instruction that give you all the delicious cake recipes from which to build your cake kingdom.

As always, Peggy always has great photography, therefore photographer extraordinaire, Georgia Glynn Smith, provides the visual impact, as well as the photographic directions to help guide you along Peggy's instructions. The pictures are as clear and concise as the writing.

The one notation in this book is that there is the assumption that you have cake-baking basics, though the writing is such that with some patience, even a novice will feel comfortable. While there is step-by-step written instruction, only a few have photographic tutorials.

Each cake is a work of art in itself. It you were to display these cakes as shown, they would grace your table with a most delicate and ethereal presentation. The pastel hues of the frostings and batters are as beautiful to look at as to consume, such as Vanilla Cloud, French Violet, and Rose and Pistachio cakes. Her recipes are perfect, depending on your tastebuds, but what if you desire something darker or heavier? She has those too such as chocolate, Black Forest, gingerbread, etc. The fillings are just as varied and assorted such as peaches and almonds or passion fruit and mascarpone, as well as the standards that everyone loves.

Now, the best kept secret? Her book includes 2 wonderful, full size stencils to help decorate these cakes. They are located in an envelope on the inner back flap of the book. You can use buttercreams, royal icing, or powdered sugar to enhance the loveliness of each cake.

Don't need to use them? Then with the help of a lesson in piping tips and piping, you can add piles of thick swirls or perhaps delicate lined features that are perfectly spaced; continue the decor with fresh fruit or cherries or maybe a marzipan pumpkin, to complete your delicate masterpiece.

The batters themselves are as varied as you can imagine in that they aren't only plain yellow or chocolate flavors. The tastes range from Spiced Pumpkins, Gingerbread, Red Velvet, Milk & Honey, or even Blueberry & Buttermilk. If you do like the standards, there is a double surprise chapter in which there is both written and step-by-step photography of a "checkerboard cake", as well as a gorgeous Sugar Plum Cake that has a ombré flair with a decorative/photographic tutorial to accompany its fabulousness.

At the end of the book, she includes some written and visual tutorials on techniques such as masking a cake to perfection (that's covering a cake, or "dirty icing", for non-Brits) as well as how to layer cakes. Another tutorial, in written and photographic steps, is her Salted Caramel Cake, covered in ganache! Ooooooooh!

And in case you're pining for her wedding cake masterpieces, Peggy presents 2 gorgeous, elegant, but simple designs.

I don't know how objective I can be with anything that Peggy makes, but the photos will speak for themselves, as well as the well-written lessons. This is a definite addition to your library for which you will be most content. Peace!


Mich Turner's Cake School: The Ultimate Guide to Baking and Decorating the Perfect Cake
Mich Turner's Cake School: The Ultimate Guide to Baking and Decorating the Perfect Cake
by Mich Turner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.29
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to her usual impressive offerings......., June 18, 2015
I have truly enjoyed all the offerings that Ms. Turner has written in the past, having purchased all of her books. Having reviewed several of them, I feel rather confident in saying that for this would be a good book for a novice or newbie to cake decorating, but for those with I any cake decorating experience, this is not for you.

Actually I am a bit disappointed in this book in that it has very little new information, to the point of seeming that the information offered here, is a very basic compilation of all her books. To be honest, I was under the impression that this would be a follow-up to her earlier writing entitled, "Cake Masterclass". But disappointingly, it was not.

Switching direction for a moment, I have a teeny-tiny bone to pick with 2 of her other books: 2 books were offered entitled "Cake Masterclass" (The Ultimate Guide to Cake Decorating Perfection) and "The Art of the Cake" (The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Baking and Decorating Perfection). They are the exact same book so why the difference in titles? American vs. British versions? Regardless, this was an excellent teaching book and I highly recommend it for very strong cake decorating instruction.

Getting back to this newest book it has the typical basic cake recipes, frosting recipes, how to do basic icing, advanced icing, fillings.

The projects are somewhat simple, almost too simple. Nothing is exciting because there is nothing really new in here, though it is an OK book. My suggestion would be to strongly suggest to anyone, in particular a novice, to consider one of the two aforementioned books by Mich because they are wonderful and very much a teaching model with so many mediums and so many creative ideas.

Well, that's about it. This is short and sweet but hopefully to the point. If you do find the book a real teaching tome, then good for you. My review is merely my opinion. Peace.


Stylish Cakes: The Extraordinary Confections of The Fashion Chef
Stylish Cakes: The Extraordinary Confections of The Fashion Chef
by Michael Coffindaffer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely coffee-table, visual cake journey., May 31, 2015
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What a gorgeous coffee table book! Filled with amazing cakes that are very different in both style and creativity, this is a treasure trove of party cakes that are sure to elicit gasps and envy.

Charlotte Neuville is an established fashion designer, who through life changes, evolved her love of fabric, into a love of cakes and desserts. Where one may wonder how to incorporate metal from thought to cake, Charlotte takes it beyond thought, with an intense creativity that stuns.

But before describing some of the masterpieces, I wanted to mention that this is a very limited teaching tutorial. It's is more of a peek into her creativity, with a few, assorted tutorials of smaller projects given. It contains cake recipes for some of the cakes, it will offer some photographic step-by-step tutorials for a couple of side projects from some of the cakes, but it is limited in the finite details of each cake.

She begins her book with a very charming and loving tribute to her parents and their history that brought them from France, to America, many years ago. This part alone was so loving and warm, it was a most beautiful read, and if truth be told, could be a book in itself. It left me with a desire to know more about them, and their lives. Their early years, her father's livelihood, her mother's eventual career in the States, was a most wonderful story. From there Charlotte begins her own journey from child to teen to entrepreneur, courtesy of her beloved childhood.

Charlotte's coming of age, through her love of fashion and fabric, is woven (pun intended) with the joys and sorrows that life must offer, in order to bring us to our current status. Once she had to leave her design career, her metamorphosis to baker was predictable as she had untapped talent waiting to be unleashed, through the use of sugar and flour. Working with her equally talented partner, her venture has been created with much love.

Her cakes are exquisite: the pristine simplicity of a white wedding cake with simple, yet detailed, white flowers or perhaps the cake with the look of black leather and black belts embellished with yet again, black flowers (odd perhaps? but very striking and perfect for which it was called.) Then again, take the need for gold lame' or gold studs for a cake...........again, different but so perfect because her creativity goes beyond what an average person can perceive. Each style of cake has its own chapter with the story and thought process that accompanies each cake, but again, not a tutorial.

Some cakes are quite elaborate such as the large urn with a multitude of Rembrandt flowers........sugarpaste and gumpaste heaven! Others were so incredibly "different", that I was stunned by the depth of creative talent and innate genius such as the French Poodle cream puff cake. I can try to describe it but it will never be quite as fantastic in words as it will be until you see it: a poodle-shaped dog "cake" with cream puff hair! Brilliant!

The cover cake is described, and as I stated earlier, the method for making the "bubbles" is shown in a step-by-step tutorial. Variations on the "bubble" is shown in other cakes, using edible sparkles and glitter.

Fabrics such as plaid, snakeskin, a Valentino couture gown and animals such as Westies, piglets, and spiders, and cobras plus feathers, masks, and beads and baubles all find their way into Charlotte's amazing cakes. My uber-favorite cake was the "Big 50" cake made for grand occasion making the 50th anniversary of a cultural study institute. She turned the "0" of the "50" into a 3-D shape, complete with raised continents. The size and construction was amazing.

My only wish for this book was that it had the cake tutorials to go along with each great cake. If you want a visual journey of some really fabulous cakes, this book is perfect for you. If you're looking for more of a teaching tome, then this might not be a prudent investment.


Animation in Sugar: Take 2: 16 Make-at-Home Celebration Cakes from a World-Famous Sugar Artist
Animation in Sugar: Take 2: 16 Make-at-Home Celebration Cakes from a World-Famous Sugar Artist
by Carlos Lischetti
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it possible to be even more amazing than the first book?, May 5, 2015
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In short.......stunning contents more fantastic than his first book!

Longer review? My fingers are ready to fly across these keys! I can safely say that the majority of people were beyond happy with the long-awaited first book from master sugar artist, Carlos Lischetti. Devotees were begging him to share his skill, knowledge, and artistic perfection of his sugar creations. In short, his works are amazing. So many people loved his work but could not attend his classes, as he is located in England, though he does travel to teach as well. So next best thing is a book, right?

If you peruse the cake decorating websites and magazines and blogs, you cannot help seeing his sugar projects everywhere. Fantasy caricatures of people, places, and things made from modeling paste. But they looked so perfect, so flawless, that you wondered if it was possible to be as good as he is but then.........Carlos, with the help of his equally talented twin brother (who is a crazy-talented artist of photography and illustration in his own right), produced "Animation in Sugar", his first book that introduced us to his instruction on this sugar art.

Fast forward to "Animation in Sugar: Part 2" and you are treated to more instruction and inspiration from the master. This book is large and heavy with 256 pages of voluminous teaching and photography, that includes detailed step-by-step photography, in close-up detail, and in full and glorious color; there are no black and white tutorials. The pages have a nice satin sheen to them and you can "feel" the quality and effort placed into this book.

Some of the projects in this book were ones that I had hoped were in his first book, but were not, therefore I saved those photos of his creations for inspiration. But this second book had all the projects that I hoped for, so now I don't know which one to start first. The great part of this sugar art is that you can tailor-make this to whatever and whomever you want to characterize, as many details of the projects are basic to any structure. The figures can be as large or small as you wish so the scope of the size won't overwhelm you.

The one project that I love, which is the Geisha Girl, is the same one that is on the cover and dust jacket and it is just perfection. I love the deep red of her kimono.

Without giving away too much detail, here is some insight into this book: There are 15 projects offered, ranging from adorable animals to caricatured people ranging from playful to sentimental celebrations. The first 25 pages deal with equipment and recipes, then presentation of the modeling paste he uses. Some might note that the names used for between here and Europe can be different but the paste is till the same. The "glue" recipes used to build images is given, along with prepping cakes before, or after, you make the images.

My most favorite part is of course, the figurines! But before you can really get into creating them, you have to know the body part basics, and coloring (whether using food paste colors or airbrushing); this is discussed in detail. Another welcomed addition is the logistics of transporting your figurines so that they are well-protected en route to their destination.

Then the fun begins: who or what are you going to make? Dogs or piggies? A plumpy Italian chef? Halloween goblin? A sweet wedding couple? These are just a few of the 15 figures Carlos teaches.

The last pages are the templates and schematics of the projects that can be enlarged of course. Both the inside and back covers have adorable pencil caricatures that his brother, Elio, drew as the fantasy of each project became reality.

As far as who would find this easy enough, it is obviously perfect for someone experienced, but even for a novice, with patience and time, this would be great for building confidence and skill.

OK Carlos...........start working on book number 3! Peace!


Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella
Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella
by Sharyn McCrumb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.19
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4.0 out of 5 stars but wonderful read from the mind of Sharyn McCrumb, February 8, 2015
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VINE REVIEW: A lovely, short, but wonderful read from the mind of Sharyn McCrumb, this is another "ballad" in the series of Nora Bonesteel, a woman who has lived in the bucolic Appalachian town of her childhood; this one being her first Ballard Christmas novella. She weaves 2 stories into this latest offering. One that involves a house haunted by a demanding ghost and the other story involving a very wise older gentleman who can charm the police into postponing his arrest through the goodness of the Christmas season.

Whereas one story is lighthearted and will leave you shaking your head, the other story becomes more detailed and has factors and situations that seem supernatural in nature, but through Sharyn's talented fingers, will come to an interesting, and surprising, conclusion.

If you believe in Angels, you will enjoy this story. If you believe in the joy of Christmas, you will enjoy this story. It is gentle and despite the jumping back and forth between stories, she balances the this literary movement deftly.

My only regret was it's brevity; 157 pages in all. This was definitely a short story that could have easily been a much longer book. Peace.


Decorating Cakes: Beautifully Decorated Cakes from Easy to Experienced to Expert
Decorating Cakes: Beautifully Decorated Cakes from Easy to Experienced to Expert
by Pamela Clark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem and treasure!, November 15, 2014
I was at a bookstore and as I was perusing the "Generic Book" section, I came across this gem of a find and I am lovin' this to no end! And for the price, it really was a steal; you're not going to get a book with this much instruction, for such a incredible price. The company that published this, did a homerun on this one.

While I would recommend this to someone who has some solid cake skills under their belt, this would still make a wonderful gift for a novice, providing that they would understand that it would take some time and patience to imitate the bigger projects shown. The book does start out with a section for newbees, so once you have those skills comfortable, there are other projects to attempt.

It's a good-sized book, about 9' x 11' in size, and its packed with 239 pages of instruction, projects, and ideas. Everything is light and bright with pastel shades as well as the neutral tones, for all the projects. (If you're looking for something edgy and different, then this would not be for you, and I would suggest other books). The photography is crisp and clear. The instruction is straight forward, and there are coordinating photo tutorials, though it is not step-by-step process, so this is where some skill sets already understood would help, but hey, don't let it steer you away........you'll get it with a little patience.

There are basically 4 chapters: Easy, Experienced, and Expert, along with a chapter on the "Mechanics" of how to decorate cakes.
Though there are many beautiful projects within each section, here is a hint of some of the highlights:

The "Easy" section starts with covering those big cookies with quilted fondant, and how to decorate cupcakes, to increasing efforts in learning how to make macaroons and macaroon cakes, to a lovely 5-tier, frosted, coconut-flaked wedding cake. My 2 favorite projects within this chapter were the 4-color layer cake covered in fondant with pastel polka dots, and the project that shows you how to use chocolate transfer sheets.

The "Experienced" chapter takes you through a gorgeous 2-tiered pastel pink cake with delicate cherry blossoms cascading on the sides, to a delicate white cake that has a pink embroidered cover called "Broderie Anglaise". The "Minty Flocked Wedding Cake" was a real knockout and shows you how to use stencils to get a gorgeous stenciled look for a mint green and white square wedding cake!

The "Expert" chapter was the a combination of everything and then some: embroidered cakes, petit fours, etc with an absolutely stunning cake of one perfect sugarpaste magnolia atop a single-tier, round cake that has a base with 5 rows of "pearls"......wow!

The books ends with "The Mechanics" which guides you through the actual construction of cakes and cookies and such with the basics such as recipes, prepping the cakes, stacking the cakes, how to cover them, frostings, icings, piping, making bows and the gumpaste, etc. Patterns for the projects are also included.

So if you're looking for something really awesome, really delicate but fun, and very reasonable in price, then you've hit the motherlode. This would be a great gift for that cake decorating groupie, especially if they enjoy projects in the vein of Zoe Clarke, Peggy Porschen, etc.

Peace.


Cakes in Bloom: Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions
Cakes in Bloom: Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions
by Peggy Porschen
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and breathtaking sugarpaste flowers, with wonderful instruction!, November 15, 2014
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Absolutely exquisite tome of ethereal floral fantasy! I am beyond enchanted with Peggy Porschen's latest entry into her library of well-written and stunning books. This will be a very welcomed book into your cake decorating collection, in particular for those who adore creating floral pieces from sugarpaste! Her attention to the detail of making flowers has been completely focused upon in this book, starting with the very basics to more elaborate creations that can adorn cakes or cookies.

The book is large and visually perfect, with a size roughly 10' x 11' and with a sturdy hardcover that encases 224 pages of detailed tutorials for all types of heavenly flowers that one would want to pick from their garden, let alone recreate through Peggy's words and directions. I ordered this through an Amazon partner, as it was not yet available through Amazon. It arrived in perfect condition, this one with a lovely cream-colored paper banding across the flowered front and back covers that presented Peggy's name and title of this cherished new book. The pages are of a matted silk texture with excellent and detailed photography that show even the smallest of detail for the smallest of flowers, such as the lily-of-the-valley.

I would highly recommend this even for a beginner, as I cannot see even a novice having a hard time with the thorough instruction that Peggy gives. The photo tutorials are excellent for those with visual learning abilities (like myself) who do better with seeing, and not just reading.

The majority of the photo's are very close, including the step-by-step tutorials that accompany each flower lesson. Georgia Glynn Smith has been a most valued and trusted photographer for Peggy's books and she has outdone herself once again. Between the wonderful photography, as well as the food styling itself, you are going to enjoy just visually being entertained, as you look at each photo. You will linger over your idea's of how you will be able to create her projects, but you will be encouraged to come up with your own. The photo's are all in vivid colors that range from the primary colors to the pastels.

As an extra bit of sweetness, there is a lovely pink ribbon that you can use as a bookmark, though you would need one for each project as it would be hard to decide on just one.

In the "Contents" section, you are treated to an instant thumbnail view of her flower projects with their corresponding pages all prepared for you. Then she begins with "Sugar Flower Basics", introducing the reader to tools and kits necessary as well as recipes and a fabulous chart listing the group photo of the equipment.

As I said earlier, the photography is so pristine, that you will be hard-pressed to think that what you are looking at are actually sugarpaste flowers. But they are, so once you're done being excited by what is ahead of you, you get to the "Sugar Flower Designs" section, which begins the projects. Each one contains the project you will begin with a perfect photo, as well as including the "Ingredients" needed and the "Equipment" used. You are then taken to a step-by-step photo tutorial along with the "Method" to accomplish this lovely task. Everything is explained in detail and the instruction coordinates the photo in the tutorial, to the steps listed, so there is no question as to which step is meant for which photo.

Wedding cakes, cookies, miniature wedding cakes are all adorned with the most gorgeous sugarpaste flowers! Whether you are preparing for a small affair or something more grand, there are limitless idea's from Peggy. Many of the flowers are simple to create and will require very little time while others are definitely more time-intensive but totally worth the effort (such as the Cherry Blossoms!).

Color coordination is a given with each project so the addition of a soft ribbon, or perhaps some feather-light single petal blooms just teetering off the sides of the cake, will inspire you. Your own idea's can be added to the cakes as well, as maybe a light little butterfly lightly landing on an ever-so-delicate rose petal?

The flowers that are taught run the gamut from Primroses to English Garden Roses to Sweet Pea's, to Grape Hyacinths, to Ranunculus', to Peonies, and to just about every beautiful flower under the sun that you would find in a perfect garden. Now, I love Sunflowers myself, but they were not in the book, BUT this book has inspired me to make them, so for those flowers that you don't see, they are but a piece of sugarpaste away from being made.

At the end of the book, Peggy has her chapter on "Baking & Icing Basics" which will guide you with planning these projects, the basics of making the cakes, her recipes for various cake batters and flavor, as well as icings and buttercream, and how to cover cakes and cakeboards. "Quantity Guides" and a flower glossary are also included, and are very helpful, especially for a novice to this art form.

I have several books on making sugarpaste flowers and I have to say, that this book has now become one of my most favorites for teaching and learning. Granted, I acknowledge that I am a devotee of Peggy, and I acknowledge that I have all of Peggy's books, so I am unashamedly saying that I am very prejudiced, but once you see the visually stunning nature of this book, you will probably become a devotee of her too.

Peace.


The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
by Editors at America's Test Kitchen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.21
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best GF books out there, bar none!, September 18, 2014
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Want the short review? Very impressed....very, very impressed! Definitely worth every penny!

Want a review that's a wee bit longer? Then here it is......................Considering that this is coming from one of the best "companies" out there, I was not disappointed in the contents of this gluten-free (GF) cookbook; their name is the golden hint. Christopher Kimball and company have been presenting the best in science and taste for cooking and baking for many years. This latest foray into GF cooking/ baking has made for confident baking as the specifics of using GF flours can be a real challenge for anyone, let alone finding the taste factor. This book has made the effort of trial and error, as well having answered the questions involved in finding palatable GF food. If you have the desire to read the specifics of this GF science, the information is here, otherwise you can go directly to the recipes and move along.

Now, just to qualify this, I have to say that I also attended a presentation during the book tour for this newest offering, with ATK's very own Jack Bishop. (I don't know him, I don't own stock in the company, but I trust Chris Kimball). I was impressed with everything because the science in this part of food life, has really taken off but where does one start? Who can you trust to have real knowledge? For those who are celiac's, just a puff of wheat in their food can make the difference between having a meal and visiting the ER......no kidding.

This is a rather heavy book of recipes and education and information. There are 328 total book pages, with recipes that have accompanying color (mostly) photo's of everything. There are 9 chapters that are specific to the cooking/baking recipes but there are 13 chapters in all, ranging from the "Welcome" to "The Basics of GF Cooking" to "Conversions and Equivalents" to "Weight-to-Volume Equivalencies" meaning the ratio of using other GF flours. They discuss how they developed the flour blends and proportions, the science and art behind it, using other ingredients that help to balance out taste and function (such as binders, substitutes, etc), and the ratings of how they determined the flavor value; all this neatly tucked in between the book covers.

CONTENTS:
Welcome to the Kitchen
Preface
The Basics of GF Cooking
A Good Start
Grains
Pasta
Comfort Foods
Yeast Breads, Savory Loaves, and Pizza
Cookies and bars
Pies, Fruit Desserts, and Tarts
Cakes
Conversions and Equivalencies
Weight-to-Volume Equivalencies for GF Flours
Index

Here are some tidbits of information that Jack Bishop made:

Depending on the company from which you purchase your GF flour, you need to SCALE everything (meaning you need to use a measuring scale) as the weights vary and will greatly affect the flavor and taste and density of the food. Both the companies and the weights are given.

It took 2 months of testing, retesting, and more retesting to find the perfect flour blend, all in the hallowed halls of America's Test Kitchen. I greatly suggest to just stick with their flour blend as the ingredients are easy to find, in both health food stores and gratefully, in more mainstream grocery chains.

In using "binders", xanthum gum if good for cookies, and psyllium is best for bread (think in the line of Metamucil!) but that guar gum is less desirable for GF baking.

Having said all this, Mr. Bishop did say that the response to this book was so great, that they are in the process of working on a GF book dedicated to all baking. He said that desserts tend to be most difficult for GF/Celiacs to deal with as most desserts are made with varying wheat flours, and just the thought of being able to have just an éclair or slice of "real" cake, would be a joy for many people (even for those who choose a GF diet).

I have made many recipes from this book, including making some for others who had no idea that it was GF; I was never disappointed nor did I receive any complaints (actually, with the recipes that were baked, there were rave reviews, and have since passed along this book to others). I truly salute the folks at America's Test Kitchen for their diligence and hardwork; both my abdomen and I thank you!


FORT MAGIC: FORT BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TOY KIT FOR KIDS!
FORT MAGIC: FORT BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TOY KIT FOR KIDS!

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3.0 out of 5 stars The company has great potential untapped., August 29, 2014
Just watched the owner of this company on "Shark Tank". She is a sweet person but not educated in the business end of this product. All the Sharks felt the product was good but the price was too high, for starters. There is no fabric that accompanies this product, as a second point, which then increase the amount of money parents must spend to complete the construction.

Her presentation was scattered, therefore her impression on the Sharks was disappointing. Because of this, four of the Sharks declined interest. One Shark did offer a much smaller investment amount for a 1/2 interest in her company, which she declined after his refusal to decrease his interest amount in her counteroffer. She states that she clears about $100 per unit, but has other investment partners involved.

Too bad she wasn't better prepared because most reviewers believe that this is a sturdy product. Kids seem to enjoy the imagination involved in this fort as well. But for the amount of money charged, this is too high-priced.

Perhaps she will now have some refocused direction, so that she can improve her business. The actual equipment is good but through some restructuring of cost, materials, etc, this can really do well for her.
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Batman: The Complete Television Series
Batman: The Complete Television Series
DVD ~ Various
Price: $137.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars How much for this?!, July 26, 2014
For the "grown kids" who realize the import of the release of this classic TV series, yahoo......Batman is finally on DVD! But enough has been written about the show (the kitsch and the camp, the actors, waiting forever for its DVD release because of the studio vs corporate fighting, etc) but this price is insane. No matter how much we want this, there is no way the majority of fans will be able to shell out $150 bucks. I know the demand is high and the wait has been long, but come on! This will go on the "wish list". Heavy sigh.
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