Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Gourmet Cookie Book: A Book Review

About The Book:

For this stunning collection, the editors of Gourmet delved deep into their archives and selected the most delicious cookie for each year of the magazine's sixty-eight-year existence. After marathon testing sessions and winnowing from thousands of recipes—many sent in by readers—they chose an amazing array, from the almond-scented French-style Cajun Macaroons, published in 1941, through Mocha Toffee Bars (1971), to the contemporary Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies. The enticing assortment includes:
Cookies of every type and description, from the homey to the showy, including balls, bars, refrigerator cookies, drop cookies, even deep-fried cookie confections. 
Cookies from around the world: from Dutch Jan Hagels to Scandinavian Rosettes. 
Dozens of Christmas cookies: Old-Fashioned Christmas Butter Cookies, star-shaped Moravian White Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies.
Printed exactly as they originally appeared in the magazine, with abundant tips and recipe notes from Gourmet's test kitchen, and with headnotes describing their cultural context, the recipes present a fascinating bite-by-bite history of how our appetites evolved.     

About The Author:

Over the course of almost seventy years, Gourmet 's editors won three coveted National Magazine Awards, sixteen James Beard Awards, and an Emmy Award.

My Review:

If you like to bake, particularly cookies, you will absolutely have to add The Gourmet Cookie Book to your cookbook collection! Although I reviewed an electronic copy of this wonderful cookbook, I have definitely added it to my wish list of books to buy in the near future!  As this book is a collection of recipes covering a number of years, you will be exposed to a number of culinary techniques, yet they are all laid out in very easy to read, understand and implement. I had the opportunity to try out a couple of the recipes and they were very good! This was evident in that the cookies made only lasted a few days in the house! In my books, that means the recipe is a keeper and "make again" The two recipes I tried were the Cinnamon Sugar Crisps and Ginger Sugar Cookies. The one thing that especially impressed me was that I was able to substitute sugar for a sugar alternative without affecting the overall taste and result of the recipe. That is key, as I am a type 2 diabetic and enjoy non-diabetic recipes that are easy to adapt. So far so good with those in The Gourmet Cookie Book.

My only complaint is that it is not an easy cookbook to lay flat, but it is one that I will keep in my collection as I really like the recipes I have used thus far!

A great book that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up to!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Gourmet Cookie Book online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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