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Unleash your childhood !
on January 14, 2012
Chattman uses a cleaner and far more readable layout than Joy of Cooking, though perhaps not as many recipes. The instructions give more details, including more specifics about how to prepare the pans. If your teens yearn to be allowed to go wild in the kitchen making cookies, this book fits their needs well.
As a cookie consumer, my greatest temptations are soft cookies, so the chapters on drop cookies and bars hold more interest for me than the rest of the book. The recipes provide reasonable variety, not just redecorations of recipes on previous pages. Many of the recipes are classics, like Chocolate Chip cookies, Peanut Butter cookies, and Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Chattman also includes reasonable variety, like Gingerbread Chocolate Chip cookies, Double Peanut Butter Cup cookies, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies.
I rate cookbooks based on the number of interesting recipes I find. This book lays out 71 recipes in a very usable format, so it's a bit lightweight in a market with some massive competitors.