REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – The Art Of The Cookie

| December 29, 2011
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The Art of the Cookie: Baking Up Inspiration by the Dozen

  • Author: Shelly Kaldunski
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616280352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616280352
  • cover price $19.95

ABOUT THE ART OF THE COOKIE

There are cookies, and there are special cookies. Long-time pasty expert Shelly Kaldunksi’s new book The Art of the Cookie: Baking up Inspiration by the Dozen combines a perennial dessert with artistic flair, updating old stand-bys like the chocolate-chip cookie with a modern spin sure to delight all cookie fans.

The Art of the Cookie presents over 40 delectable recipes and inspiring decorating ideas. The book begins with five basic cookie recipes featuring different flavors: vanilla, lemon-buttermilk, brown sugar, chocolate and gingerbread. Building from these basics, Kaldunski’s creative recipes include:

- Glazed oatmeal lace cookies

- Vanilla spritz sandwiches

- Neapolitans

- Ceramic tile cookies

- Pinwheels

The Art of the Cookie takes readers beyond the cookie and into the wider world of pastry design, introducing translatable techniques that apply to a myriad of baked goods. Expand your repertoire with Kaldunski’s must-have tools for any baker’s arsenal and her simple tips answering those puzzling baker’s mysteries, like how to make your frosting work for you rather than against you so you can make dazzling designs of your own!

Still-warm cookies fresh from the oven are irresistibly enticing but decorating the treats doubles the fun. Whether it’s a cookie exchange, holiday gathering, or Mother’s Day tea, decorated cookies are a sweet and memorable addition to any special occasion. Kaldunski’s cookies are innovative mini-works of art and are sure to be beloved by all. This book is a MUST-SEE for any baking aficionado!

About the Author

Shelly Kaldunski is a freelance food stylist and baking and pastry consultant in Northern California. As a pastry chef, Shelly baked in popular restaurants in San Francisco before becoming a food editor at Martha Stewart Living. She was the food stylist for and contributor to Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of The Art Of The Cookie. Chapters include

  • Decorated Favorites
  • Hidden Classics

The beginning of the book includes descriptions of helpful tools and how to use them. Almost every page spread in this book has a beautiful photo, as does almost every recipe. These cookies look so pretty! The recipes are easy to understand and call for ordinary ingredients. The ingredients and tools needed for each recipe are clearly listed. I always find it helpful if prep and cooking time are listed but I don’t really think they could be here since a good amount of handiwork is involved with the decorating and that could be different for everyone. Recipes that especially caught my eye were the Jam Swirls, Bird’s Nests, Graham Cracker Sandwiches, and Chocolate Chip Wafers. This book was be great for anyone who enjoys baking and for those that would like to take their baking to a new level.

WIN IT!

ONE winner will receive their own copy of The Art Of The Cookie.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter leave a comment on this post telling me what the prettiest, nicest or differently decorated cookie you ever had was.

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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NJ Mom of 2 boys. – TJ, an 18 year old, and CJ, a 14 year old with Down Syndrome. Jersey girl. I have three younger brothers, all of whom have children. Social media enthusiast. Ds Advocate. Cat person. I love rock music, favorite band is Oleander. My favorite food is cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive.

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