A Shortbread Sampler
What magic is made in the simple combination of flour, sugar and butter! Everyone
loves shortbread and this little book, written by local author McGrath, includes
50 great recipes. It has been published as a fundraiser for The Fresh Air and
Santa Claus Funds at The Toronto Star, with the proceeds allowing children to
attend summer camp and have a holiday full of gifts. Please try the Whipped Shortbread on page 26. Softcover,
64 pp. $9.95.
Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, oh, my!
Karen Tack & Alan Richardson
Decorating desserts is always fun, but Karen Tack and Alan Richardson take it to the next level. Shoes from cupcakes, sheep from cookies and skateboards from crispy rice treats, Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, oh my! from the creators of Hello Cupcake! bring forth a new milestone in fun and clever dessert decorating. Softcover, 237 pp. $20.95.
Dress Your Gingerbread
This goes so beyond gingerbread men! Think penguins, ballerinas, chefs. Simple but thorough instructions along with a selection of templates makes this book a good choice for novice decorators. There is a colour photo for each figure. Softcover, 128 pp. $17.99.
The focus here is more on gingerbread objects --dancing shoes, teddy bears, snowflakes,seashells, and of course, a gingerbread house--than gingerbread men. There is an assumption that the user has some experience in decorating as little room is given to explaining technique. Though the designs are not terribly intricate they do require a steady hand with the piping bag. Colour photos, Hardcover, 62 pp. $19.95.
Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies
Christmas and cookie baking going together as naturally as love and marriage--and probably a lot easier, too! This collection from Better Homes and Gardens, organized by main flavor, embraces both classical and contemporary cookie favorites. Colour photos. Softcover, 255 pp. $23.99.
Milk & Cookies
Milk & Cookies Bakery has been churning out some of New York City's favorite chewy, crispy, gooey snacks for the last 4 years and finally have decided to loosen the vicegrip on some of their most famous recipes. Indulge in the chocolate chip cookie (the bestseller) or experience an Italian Almond Horn pulled from the warmth of your own oven. Tina Casaceli makes it easy for all of us not in the Big City to experience her wares. Hardcover, 175 pp. $27.95.
Addressing the growing trend of French Macarons, Macarons offers detailed recipes so that the home cook can replicate the dainty, though finicky, French pastries. Flavors range from classic chocolate to szechuan peppercorn and licorice. Photographs are included with every recipe in a vibrant spectrum of visual beauty. Hardcover, 64 pp. $16.99.
Rose's Christmas Cookies
Rose Levy Beranbaum
Do not save Rose's Christmas Cookies for the holidays. This collection represents classics of the cookie world from shortbread to coconut kisses--and even doggie treats. As anyone who has ever used a Rose Levy Beranbaum book knows, both her measurement -- given for both weight and volume -- and her instructions are very precise. With loads of color photos, the baker will know exactly what the end product should look like. Hardcover, 255 pp. $39.95.
The Gourmet Cookie Book
While the world mourns the fading of Gourmet Magazine from the newsstands, it's allowed us to look back upon the luminous past of such a storied institution. One of the first releases by Gourmet after the end of it's magazine run provides recipes for every cookie that has ever featured on the front page of Gourmet in it's 68 year history. Readers are treated to a trip through time as old-school Refrigerator Cookies mingle with new-age Pain D'Espice Cookies. Sure to be a hit at cookie exchanges this holiday season, The Gourmet Cookie Book provides a unique experience to immerse oneself in decades of rich culinary history. Hardcover, 161 pp. $22.50.
Macarons are the Divas of the pastry world, there's no disputing that. Sometimes they rise, sometimes there's just nothing you can do to make them turn out right. Jose Marechal provides the perfect recipe for excellent macarons that execute excellently every time. Even more impressive, Marechal provides a section on troubleshooting previous batches of macarons to tell you what went wrong and also some recipes that use broken and cracked macaron shells so you're never at a loss no matter how your batch of tempermental French pastries turn out. Aspiring macaron-ists are highly encouraged to pick up this book. Hardcover, 72 pp. $13.99.
A perfect book for anyone who begins dreaming of spiced treats as the weather gets colder, this book will satisfy your cravings and then some. Full of ideas for gingerbread cakes, pies, puddings, ice-creams, breakfast treats, and, of course, cookies and houses, there are recipes for every conceivable gingerbread themed dessert. Colour photographs for some, but not all, recipes. Hardcover, 144 pp. $24.95.
Julia M. Usher
A seasonal-themed cookie book, Cookie Swap takes in holidays and celebrations such as valentines, weddings, halloween, christmas, and summer as the inspiration for creative, and often beautiful, cookies. There are also lots of tips on getting inventive with cookies at home, and some great ideas for using cookies as decoration and centrepieces. A good book for any die-hard cookie fan, or someone looking to learn more about cookie decoration. Colour photographs throughout. Softcover, 160 pp. $24.95.
Packed full of the kinds of delicious treats that the holidays are all about, Linda Collister's book contains all of the cookie recipes you need to get through the festive season, and some brownies, bars, and cakes besides. Iced honey and cinnamon cookies are winter time favourites, but there are also offerings from other Christmas traditions, such as the German Lebkuchen and Czech almond crescents. A chapter on savoury treats and a small section on preserves rounds things off nicely. Colour photographs throughout. Hardcover, 96 pp. $21.95.
Cookies: More than 200 Recipes
The author, Jill Snider used to work at Robin Hood Flour as the Test Kitchen Manager. Her vast baking and cookbook writing experience (she has written 4 previous books) translates into a wealth of cookies for every taste and occasion. The recipes for Chocolate Caramel Pecan Rounds and Cinnamon Raspberry Stacks are particularly tempting. Softcover, 256 pp. $27.95.
500 Cookies by Philippa Vanstone
This chunky, and we mean this in a good way, little book (six inches
square, an inch thick) combines great value for your money with a
charming package. It features a photograph with almost every recipe,
some sophisticated, some simple, all in an easy-to-read format. Hardcover,
360 pp $17.95.
to Die For
Along with the classics, Ohio-based food writer and culinary instructor Bev Shaffer
serves up exotic variations plus topping and garnishing ideas.
Hardcover, 224 pp, $32.95.
Warning: chocolate overload ahead! The totally decadent recipes —from classic
brownies to chocolate raspberry peanut butter crumble bars–celebrate the
great American treat. Slater recipe introductions and tips are the perfect blend
of the personal and the informative. Colour photos. Softcover, 175 pp, $22.95.
Christmas Cookies from the Whimsical Bakehouse
Kaye Hansen & Liv Hansen
Recipes for melt-in-the-mouth cookies combined with enchanting decorative ideas
make this a great book for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. The authors,
one a self-taught baker, the other her artist daughter, are veterans of the Today
Show and the Food Network. Hardcover, 96 pp, $24.95.
Bars & Squares:
More than 200 recipes
Just when you thought you didn’t need another brownie or square recipe!
Here’s a new collection of recipes both old favourites (Raspberry-Almond
Holiday Bars) and new twists. Time to get out the 9 by 13 pan again! Softcover,
256 pp. $27.95.
The Good Cookie
Gathered from around the world, these recipes range from the simply presented to
the richly decorated. Clear instructions, tips for decorating and storing, and cookie
history make this book a must have for the baker. Tish Boyle is the Food Editor of
Pastry Art and Design and Chocolatier magazines. 389 pp. $52.50. Recipe: Ginger
The All-American Cookie
Kitchen wisdom and cookie history accompany a mouthwatering collection of cookies
including black and whites, vanilla shortbread domes, congo bars, and bourbon
balls. From the author of the International Cookie Book (o/p). Colour photos.
$55.00. Recipe: Mrs.
Lee's Rolled Shortbread Cookies.
The Flour Pot Cookie Book
Absolutely lovely book of decorated cookies for all sorts of occasions. Most
of the designs use fondant and all the instructions start with a detailed
list of everything you need. The wedding and baby shower cookies are too
pretty to even consider eating. 128 pp. $19.95.
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