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A beautifully illustrated book with a number of recipes that I will be trying. I am happy to see that the first, second and third put winners plus honorable mention cookies from 1988 to 2013 are all in one place, including some of my favorites like pecan tassies and chocolate mint sticks (both 1992). Want that the 1986 winning recipes were here -- my cookie tray would not be complete without that year's chocolate covered cherry cookies and coconut joys. A worthwhile purchase for anyone looking for interesting recipes with private back stories.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! This is a collection of winning recipes from the Chicago Tribune's annual cookie contest. The contest started in 1986, but the recipes in this book are from the 1988 to 2013 contests. Almost all the recipes(approx. 98%) have an accompanying image of the finished cookie. These images are gorgeous and certainly entice you into reading and or making the recipe.I only used the finest, freshest ingredients in the recipes I created and they all were delicious! If you compromise on the quality of the ingredients used in these recipes, your cookies will NOT taste the best they can be.(maybe mediocre at best.)These are the recipes I have tried so far:1. Chocolate Almond Shortbread (I could not search Dutch Process Unsweetened Cocoa, so I used Trader Joe's unsweetened Cocoa Powder + 1 tsp instant espresso powder-for darker color and more robust flavor.)2. Swedish Spice Cookies(rolled them in Huge Grain Decorative Sugar, instead of granulated) These were a FAVORITE!!!3. Caramel Oat Bars
I have enjoyed the Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie contest ever since it's origin, and am thrilled with this cookbook. Love this cookbook and just in the latest week have created a lot of cookies from it for Christmas. Amazing kolachkies, dark and stormies, friendship spice cookie, thumbprints and more. Amazing cookbook, with interesting tidbits about origin of entrants recipe, laid out well, and a lot of images of cookies. A unbelievable small cookbook!
This book is just chock full of the nicest cookie recipes. I am a everyday reader of the Tribune, and my daughter and I would wait for the cookie contest that took put every year. These recipes are the best of the submitted recipes. A nice book for Christmas cookies.
So satisfied I purchased this. My 12 year old niece loves it. It's well written simple to follow recipes along with perfect pictures of what your effect should look like allows her to improve and expand her baking skills. The recipes are also things children in her age group search interesting and when they are able to make what they see in the picture it builds confidence to discover the globe of baking further. The educational value of this book along with the fun factor create this a amazing purchase.
I don't usually do this but I was really disappointed in this small book. There are very few recipes beyond the base recipes for sugar cookies and gingerbread. Most are simply various chop outs or various royal icing decorations. And a lot of them aren't even very well done.I'd like to say that this would be amazing for beginners but I'm not even sure that is true. I'd skip this, if it were me. Most of what is in here you can search on the internet and once you've got the idea of how to chop the shapes and decorate, it's not much use to have a dozen "recipes" showing that. There are a couple of actual recipes in the latest chapter but nothing worth 15.00. I give it 3 stars because the book is well created and pretty.
Beautifully written book - Recipes are easily read. Ingredients are extremely clear. There is a how to as well as a question and respond portion in the beginning of the book for novice bakers. The introduction is heartfelt, and tells us a story… Which leads us into these awesome recipes! So far I have only tried the Florentines, pg 67, they were very simple to make, and were absolutely delicious!I am excited to bake more recipes out of this lovely book.
My 7 year old daughter loves American girl and recently has gotten into baking so I thought this cookbook would be a amazing fit. She is beyond satisfied with this cookbook and so am I! She wanted true recipes, from scratch, and that's exactly what this book is. No use of mixes or decorating shop bought treats. These are great, true recipes. So far We've created the raspberry chocolate tartlets and the strawberry cheesecake cupcakes and both have turned out excellent.
I don't have a sweet tooth and seldom eat desserts, but when I do, I wish them to be blissful. My favorite desserts seemed to come from grandma's and church picnics where the ladies would test to present each other up with their best recipes. And if they ped with the Amish farmer's market, you know to expect a quality superior to most other bakers. I am eager to begin baking with the list of pies that amaze me. Watch out for the cookie recipes' quantities unless you have a lot of mates to share with....they count in the three tons or more.
My teen daughter wanted a “starter” baking book. I was worried she would be turned off by the American Girl branding as she has long outgrown dolls, but the reviews convinced me. She has now created 4 of the recipes very successfully and loves the book. It was a super cute bonus (along with measuring cups/spoons/spatula/whisk/madeleines pan/etc.
This book only has baked goods, breads, pies, cakes, cookies but it has the CLASSICS we have fun around here (I live in Amish Country; the Amish bakery is actually within walking distance...uh oh.) I like to bake and the recipes here are the classics you NEED if you have fun baking. If you have supplies (hey, COVID19 shortages of yeast and flour!) then you are going to search the homey recipes you always need. So this book is a fine ere is also the historical and cultural background of the baking and its put in Amish culture. That's nice too, makes for amazing reading as you scan for what's in here and do you need this book?1. The classic "we created 20 loaves to latest the week on the farm" white bread and an interesting aside about the shift from homebaked to shop bought (preferred for sandwiches!) back to homemade (less expensive) but not as favored for sandwiches (probably the drier or denser texture compared to bagged bread?)The white bread recipe here is the one we obtain locally from our Amish bakers. It's fine for sandwiches, just create sure you have a serrated knife or use a slicer, if you have one. The bread is perfect toasted and I like it simply buttered with an egg for breakfast. Amazing with jam and peanut butter, e whole wheat is similarly useful for sandwiches and toast.Potato bread and rolls are the hot stuff around here, everyone loves them, especially for hamburgers and sliders. I didn't see hamburger buns here but you can adapt the potato bread yourself. The dinner rolls are almost on everyone's Thanksgiving table, we serve those and not the "Parker House" or "crescent type" more often in our okies: Sugar cookies and molasses cookies, those huge soft, sweet, sugar coated hold-you-til-dinner-kid treats with milk or a mug of tea. These are the ones you remember from growing up in the Fifties (us Boomers.)Also included, the variations of "Whoopie Pies" which are huge soft cookies (chocolate, pumpkin, vanilla) sandwiched with creamy filling and wrapped up as a soft but substantial handheld dessert. These are hugely famous here, because it's like your own personal small cream cake. Lunchbox favorite. I'm not huge on these (too sweet) but if you like cream filled soft cakes, these will be a hit.Pies: Explaining the dense pies of the past, Shoofly in particular. It's really a coffee cake in a pie crust, the crust is there to protect the pie versus the hot oven of bread baking. And to hand-hold at breakfast for a fast bite with coffee before harnessing up the mules for a day in the field. Grab and go. I have to say, as a coffee cake, it's a favorite and you should test it. I love it (too much...) There are some variations of shoofly that are ones I didn't know about like lemon. (Oh, great..sigh.)There is also apple, dried apple (schnitz pie--schnitz is German for slices) and how to dry apples. Again, a dense pie but tasty. Lemon meringue and others fill out the series. Again, the primary pies. If you have orchards nearby, and a dehydrator, here is a project for you and the kids, dry up apples and shop them for the winter. I love dried apples, just eaten out of hand as a chewy snack, but they are surprisingly tasty as e cakes contain angel, both vanilla and chocolate and others. I thought the cake section not so interesting but I actually do not like cake, so perhaps I skimmed over e book is useful for Americana style primary bread and cookies, in my opinion, and the classic pies. That's all you need, really.
Very nice cookbook. Really for a more serious baker as the recipes do call on having a dozens of ingredients on hand, more than just embellishment of your standard boxed desserts. This is amazing for any child that is looking to obtain into more detailed, "grown-up" baking. Just be ready to have all ingredients on hand.
I actually bought this for my 8 years old son who loves to cook & BAKE! Unfortunately, there's not really a bakebook created for "boys," so I just opt for this one & we can care less that it's a book for "girls!" My son wanted to create the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwhich, & that exactly what he did! It was delicious! We half the frosting to frost only half of the cookies, & the other we left them just as is. The actual sandwhich was a small sweet to my taste, but eating the cookie by itself was delicious! We- he.. is so excited to go through the rest of the book!!
Our 9 year old daughter loves to bake and this was the excellent bonus for Christmas. She was so excited to obtain this and has created several recipes in the latest couple months.If you obtain this for your daughter you should have ear plugs handy because she will probably shriek for joy at the combination of cooking and OMG American Girl!!! You will totally be the best mom, dad, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandpa, grandma, friend, cousin, or random person in the world.
Detailed and accurate descriptions of ingredients, tools, process, and “heart” required. The book captures more than just the recipes, it reveals the love that goes into making these treats. The recipes can obtain you most of the way, but it’s the love that you place into the process makes the difference.
I bought this for my 10 year old niece for Christmas. She hasn't seen it yet but I went through it and am excited to test the recipes. I'm a baker and love fresh recipes and these actually look beautiful great! I'm excited for her to begin her bonus on Christmas. I might have to create sure we have some ingredients on hand in case she wants to bake that day.
First impression, not good. After finding cookie recipe to try, purchasing the required items, and finally getting ready to create the batter, found that the instructions were incomplete. It gave the temperature to set the oven, but not the mins to cook, it called for bittersweet chocolate squares chopped, but not how to apply to cookie. They did not contain pictures of the cookies to support figure out what to do. Yes the book was only a buck, but after reading a lot of electronic books, search that the publishers are not proofing what they produce. Yikes.
very amazing baking book. clear consise directions. a preteen can easily use this book with some adult supervision. cookies turn out good. would buy this book again.
Amazing quality cookbook packed with recipes, each accompanied with a color image and a story from the melody legend who contributed it. Not only is this a amazing cookbook for your kitchen, it's entertaining. I LOVE Spanky McFarlane's Baked Artichoke Dip, Freda Payne's Gumbo, Tanya Tucker's Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, and author Tag Bego contributes amazing recipes of his own like Asian Style Green Beans and Cold Sesame Noodles. I bought two copies -- one for my kitchen and one for a foodie friend. Super holiday bonus -- you won't be dissapointed.
First, this book is absolutely beautiful. It has interesting stories, gorgeous pictures, and a unbelievable lay out! Second, the recipes are outstanding. I have not yet created them all, but I have had six of them from the book already, and each one is easy, and delicious!If you have an interest in cooking, it’s a amazing book to have.If you have an interest in rock/pop/r&b/country artists, it’s a amazing book to have.If you like attractive pics and interesting stories, it’s a amazing book to this book! I absolutely loved it!
Surprisingly amazing book, actually has recipes that I might test (not all recipe books do). Tag has a really amazing personality, & there is a amazing representation of a dozens of people in the melody industry. Even included a image credited to a mate of mine. Amazing book, worth taking a look at.
Purchased for my son to give to his dad at Christmas. He loves to cook and has the largest collection of melody I know of. The pictures of the author and the stars alone are timeless, the small stories are something fresh to learn about the stars. But the recipes also sound delicious! I have decided to send Tupperware with my son when he visits his dad! He's my youngest at 24 and also into food, melody and photography! I can't rate the recipes yet but they don't seem hard so that's a plus.
Hey. I love it. I was a lucky taster for a lot of of these recipes, did a proof reading job on it and was a contributor. No, I am not a rock star; I am Mark's aunt. But, no, I am not biased!. Method to go, Mark.
This is a gorgeous cookbook. If I required to eliminate gluten from my diet, I would probably cry with joy at receiving a book with such a wide dozens of well photographed and carefully written gluten free recipes for favorite comfort bakes. The author goes far beyond simply substituting a generic gluten free flour mix in a traditional recipe. He takes time to explain the science and techniques behind successful gluten free baking and creates a custom blend of flour substitutes for each recipe. At the same time, the recipes are very readable and accessible for people who are not hard core technical bakers. I appreciate and respect 's the thing, though: This book is either for people who are already dedicated to the gluten free lifestyle or for the gluten free curious with a significant amount of additional cash to invest in an experiment. Most of the recipes require 4-8 specialty ingredients (yes, I read and counted them all) with only two (both microwave desserts) coming in below that with two and three specialty ingredients respectively. If you buy the recommended brand of ingredients, you're looking a a minimum of $50-75 just to obtain other reservation about this book is that it advertises as being not only for gluten free baking but also for allergen free baking. This is misleading. While it's real that a lot of recipes are vegan in addition to being gluten free, most of the recipes contain nut flours and/or coconut products as integral ingredients. In a nutshell (ha): THIS IS NOT A GOOD BOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH NUT ank you for the free book, @tenspeedpress
The publisher sent this book to me as part of their Ambassador program, otherwise I probably would not have picked it up myself since I don’t really have any gluten-free needs. After flipping through the book, it looks like just about every recipe needs sorghum flour, which I don’t have in my pantry. I ended up making the apple cirps with cardamom custard, which I think this recipe is one of the few in the whole book that doesn’t use sorghum at said, it was very delicious. There were options to create it dairy-free as well, which I used since I was bringing it to a party where the hostess couldn’t eat dairy. I created the dairy-free ver of the cardamom custard that goes along with this recipe, but I couldn’t quite obtain it to set. It was still amazing as a spiced cream sauce to serve along with the nce there are so a lot of recipes in here (quick breads, muffins, scones, cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, cobblers, breads, just to name a few), I think it would be excellent for someone who really had gluten-free needs and was willing to purchase all the various flours (sorghum, tapioca, potato, etc.). Thanks for the free book, @tenspeedpress!