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The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

When I think of diabetic desserts, not very many things come to mind. Most homemade treats are either not an option or can only be eaten on a restricted basis. Most storebought desserts are poor substitutes for the “real” thing. But when I first came across The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, I was impressed and as I read through it, I liked the book ... Read More »

Artisan Baking

Artisan Baking

What exactly is artisan bread? I mean, we all recognize those ridiculously delicious looking loaves, all slightly different in shape yet with perfectly dark golden crusts and a smell that just shouts “eat me!” when we see them, but artisan bread is far more than visual appeal. Artisan Baking is a cookbook that not only explains the general ideas behind artisanal breads (high quality, made at ... Read More »

Killer Pies: Delicious Recipes from North America’s Favorite Restaurants

killer pies

Pie is one type of dessert that is loved by just about everyone. This is largely because there are so many types of pies out there to choose from, from chocolate fudge to classic cherry to lemon meringue and everything in between. Even more interesting than the variety of pies that exist is the fact that pie popularity varies radically from region to region, making ... Read More »

CI tests rimmed baking sheets

rimmed baking sheets

A baking sheet is a baking sheet is a baking sheet – right? Not quite. Different baking sheets are made of different materials and are different thicknesses, and baking the same cookie on ten different sheets can result in ten differently finished cookies – from undercooked to burnt. For their most recent issue (Nov./Dec. 07), the Cook’s Illustrated staff decided to test baking sheets to ... Read More »

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth

I was sold on this book the moment I read the title. With a name like Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth, how could any dessert-lover resist? The book has 75 recipes divided into four chapters: chocolate, puddings, cakes/cookies/pies and over-the-top treats. The recipes seem to be skewed to the chocolate chapter and all are named with the same creativity that ... Read More »

Fashionable Food

Fads in all industries come and go, making an impact on fashion, on entertainment and – in this case – on food. The book Fashionable Food: Seven Decades of Food Fads covers the ups and downs of food fashions (primarily in the US) from the 1920s to the 1990s, one of the most historically interesting times in food history, as technology to advance food production ... Read More »

Cupcakes!

cupcakes! cookbook

I think that we can safely say that the peak of the cupcake craze is past us, considering that we’re no longer hearing about “that cupcake fad” or every new cupcake bakery in the newspaper each week. But that doesn’t mean that cupcakes are any less popular. In fact, they might even be more popular now than before as more people take an interest in ... Read More »

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

It is difficult to cook for one. Or rather, it is difficult to cook for one in the same way that you might cook for a group of two or more. Not only are most recipes formulated to serve more than one person, but there is often a natural sense of motivation that comes from cooking with or for someone else that just isn’t quite ... Read More »

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