- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Regan Arts. (March 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781941393390
- ISBN-13: 978-1941393390
- ASIN: 194139339X
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deceptive Desserts: A Lady's Guide to Baking Bad! Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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Christine McConnell, sometimes called the Queen of Creepy Cookies, is a photographer, stylist, and baking enthusiast based out of Twin Peaks, California. McConnell’s life-long fascination with aesthetics inspired her to cultivate many talents, which ultimately led her to photography and her incredible baking and DIY creations. She personally styles all aspects of her shoots as well as creates many of the clothes seen throughout her work. Her photos have been displayed in magazines, billboards, and national advertising campaigns.
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I absolutely love this book. It is way more than simply a cookbook. It is quite substantial with hundreds of wonderful photos of not just the fun dessert creations but also of the author Christine (in costumes that she sews herself) in hilarious poses. The cookbook is arranged seasonally, from Spring to Winter recipes. Many of the desserts probably do require that you already have a decent amount of decorating skill if you hope to achieve similar results as in the pictures (which I do not have) but I still think that it will be fun to attempt some of them to see how well I do. However, quite a few of them I definitely believe I can produce nice results with the detailed instructions and photos of each step. Although it is not even close to halloween yet I may just have to try making the "terror misu" with ladyfinger cookie decorations that look like real lady fingers. The kitten cannolis look absolutely adorable as well. But since I am a huge fan of all things pumpkin flavored I might have to make the pumpkin ice cream first, the recipe looks delish!
An awesome aspect to Christine's recipes is that they are SO SIMPLE! No bogus/bizarre ingredients like oh so many other cookbooks. Have been a fan since I saw one of her first Reddit posts of her parents house spooked out with Jack Skelington for Halloween. Originally having high expectations for the book, a standing ovation is in order for Christine on this one. As an artist myself, she continues to impress and excite (lol) with her unique and clever creations. Wish her a wonderful future & hope to see her go far as she oh so clearly deserves!
The recipes are fantastically basic, which shows that a simple base can create an otherworldly experience and I found it made her creations less intimidating and that it isn't exotic ingredients that make the masterpiece but your imagination that determine the outcome. I also appreciate her advice, she did a tremendous amount of trouble shooting thru her own trial and error to help the reader utilize what works structurally so that all of her creations are basically 99% edible as opposed to most baking books which rely on a lot of plastic/wood/etc. inedible parts to create a bold cake/desert - this is where her artistic background really brings her forward as a structural engineer which is not especially taught in a professional baking course.
And her images! Oh my! The clothes, which she makes herself within a couple of days for around $50 bucks or less shows a level of ingenuity and class that puts Vogue to shame. She is an extraordinary stylist with the clothes, the hair and her settings and backdrops - so much work clearly goes into to everything she does to a level of perfection that takes my breath away, particularly when you realize these are all selfies. She is the whole show and quite frankly with an imagination like hers I wonder when she sleeps?
Love, love, love this book!