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Crepes, Waffles, And Pancakes!

Crepes, Waffles, And Pancakes!

For lovers of waffles and pancakes, it can be difficult to find a good cookbook on the subject. They tend to seem one-dimensional, as the recipes look similar from pancake to pancake with often only the add-ins changing from page to page. They also tend to approach these as breakfast-only foods, though there are lots of savory options for both pancakes and waffles. Crepes, Waffles, ... Read More »

Gross Out Cakes

gross out cakes

I like my food to look like, well, food. Beyond that, I want it to look tasty, as well. But for some people this isn’t the case andĀ the appeal of turning out a cake that tastes good but can gross out your friends, family and coworkers once in a while is hard to resist. The Gross Out Cakes Cookbook is pretty much the go-to source ... Read More »

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 BakingĀ 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 »

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