- Publisher: Artisan (November 12, 2009)
- ASIN: B004C15TAY
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,587,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich [Paperback] Paperback – November 12, 2009
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The sections in the book are divided by the topics in the title (crispy, crunchy, chunky, chewy, gooey, flaky, and melt-in-your-mouth). At the end, there are a couple of other informative sections. There is a component section with various things like fillings, frostings, cookie icings, and crusts. There are also ingredient and equipment explanatory sections.
Some of the dry ingredients in the recipes, such as flour, sugar, and nuts, are given in both volume and weight measurements. Many of the recipes have an "upgrade" (variation) section following the recipe. There are also mini tutorials throughout the book. For example, there are a couple pages devoted to tuiles. The mini tutorial talks about tuile basics, how to make and use a stencil for tuiles, more efficient tuile baking, and how to make ice cream cones from tuile batter.
There are a variety of recipes in this book. There are a few traditional stand-bys like chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles. There are also more unusual recipes, such as honey hemp bars, pebbly-beach fruit squares, breakfast biscotti, spicy carrot masala macaroons, and alfajores. Also, macarons are becoming popular, and there is a recipe, with variations, for French macarons.
One note for people looking for recipes for individuals with food sensitivities or special diets - there is a guide at the back of the book the lists recipes for wheat-free cookies, dairy-free cookies, cookies made with whole grains, and less fat and 2 (Weight Watchers) point treats.Read more ›
What I love most about her books is present in this one and that's her excellent palate. This isn't another of the far-too-common books out there that wants to beat you over the head with excess. You know the type --- chocolate-covered-caramel-drizzled-nutty-salty-bacon sugar bombs. I can trust that I'm not going to end up with some cloyingly sweet, overly fatty, inedible concoction. There are already way too many books with over-the-top sweet baked goods. Too many that just seem to tack on more, more, not realizing that sometimes less is more. Medrich goes for textural perfection, for clean flavors. She's not trendy, but she is inventive. With a simple variation, she makes something familiar into something completely new. There's never any filler, nothing thrown in that isn't worth making. And she relies on quality ingredients and proper technique to speak for themselves. No gimmicks.
Now let me get specific because by now you want to know just what flavors and textures I'm talking about. Her coconut macaroons are perfect. They're crispy and caramelized on the outside, chewy within. These will make you forget stale-tasting, tooth-achingly sweet macaroons. They're also very, very easy to make and very cheap, if that's the sort of thing that factors in for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The recipes seem to be a reflection of the author - far removed from the consumer with exalted standards for questionable results. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charlotte
You gotta respect a baking author that researches each recipe several times, trying new ways of making the same recipe until making sure that the balance between the amount of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Flavia R.
This was a gift for a family member. They say they love a lot of the recipes.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this cookbook. There are original or unusual recipes that bake up deliciously such as the cornmeal olive oil biscotti and the chocolate decadence cookies (with candied... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It s an interesting book. Every recipe is clearly explain and give options and substitutions of some ingredients. I cooked some cookies and they all were greatPublished 5 months ago by Patsy
I really don't think you can't go wrong with an Alice Medrich cookie recipe. So far, I've made the Mexican chocolate wafer cookies (they make fabulous sandwich cookies with a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. B. Dian
I turn to this cookbook often--have made many wonderful cookies from it. My current fave is the Superwoman Biscotti...love 'em. But others are equally great... Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. Nichols
I bought the book in 2012 and this is one of the books I never consult. Why...??? First, all the recipes I tried failed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josefina