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Field Guide to Cookies

This review was prepared by Deborah of Taste and Tell.
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Field Guide to CookiesThe people that know me know that I love cookbooks. If I had unlimited income, I would have a library full of them. But what is better than just another cookbook? A cookbook written by a fellow blogger!

When I was asked to review Anita Chu’s book Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable, I was beyond thrilled. I have been reading Anita’s blog – Dessert First – for quite some time now. I’ve always been impressed by her elegant desserts and stunning photography. I eagerly agreed to review the book, as it was one that I was going to add to my collection anyway.

When I received the book, the first thing that caught me off guard was it’s size. I wasn’t expecting it to be so small! Small in size, but it’s definitely not small in content. When it says “virtually every cookie imaginable,” that’s really what it means. There is a plethora of recipes in the book to choose from, and a photo of every cookie, which is a big plus for me. As I flipped through the pages, trying to decide where to start, many of the cookies caught my eye. I ended up making 3 batches of cookies – banana chocolate chip cookies, chocolate crinkles, and apple crumb bars. And I’m happy to report that each batch turned out perfectly!

Pros:

• There is a very wide variety of cookies. Everything from drop cookies to bars – something for everyone!
• This cookbook would be great for novice and expert bakers. There is a lot of information included to make the perfect cookie no matter your skill level.
• At first I thought the size was going to be a con, but I actually ended up loving it’s small size. It’s perfect to throw in your purse so that you can pick up any ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store!
• A picture of every cookie
• Along with each recipe, history, serving suggestions and other baking notes are all included.

Cons:

• The only con I could come up with about this book is that it’s hard to keep it open to the recipe you are making. But this is certainly no reason to skip this book!

I’m looking forward to any other books that Anita has planned. I’m a fan!

Note: Anita Chu is a long-time Daring Baker who has a new book planned for October 2009. Stay tuned!

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I have only made 'cookies' (they are called biscuits in Australia) twice before and it is something that I should try to do more often for my high teas. This seems like the perfect book. Thanks for the great review.

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I didn't realize that Anita Chu was a Daring Baker and foodie blogger.
Great to know! I have heard that this is a great book, and that the staying open part can be a bit of a challenge, but I like your plus side of being able to take it shopping with you!

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