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4.0 out of 5 stars Catches the eye, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Le Cookie - Delicious sweet treats designed in Paris, baked in New York (Hardcover)
Here is a small little book that underlines the oft-quoted mantra of KISS (keep is simple and sweet). Add a smattering of French élan to an already American favourite and you have Le Cookie.

Sometimes things come out of unplanned circumstances. The author, then a banker living in France, went to New York to learn English. He became fond of American cookies, met a top pastry chef and some time later Moon Street pātisserie was born from their union. This is a small book showcasing a few of their delights, with recipes that you can (and should) make at home.

Ah sure, you may say, cookies are cookies and maybe with a cursory glance you are right, yet Moon Street has managed to carve a niche in a fairly competitive marketplace. Through this book you get to lift the curtain a little on Moon Street's success, learn a bit about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Engaging, brief text and absolutely scrumptious photography draws you in. Yet you can be forgiven for thinking have they left something out as each recipe seems very basic, so normal, so unassuming... but good ingredients and a good recipe can lead to a good product. No ultra-secret sauce is necessary.

The recipes are well-written, contain a lot of hand-holding and advice in relatively few words. There are also some rather interesting surprises with the recipes once you get past the perfectly good and honest basic cookies. A couple had this reviewer scratching his head and wondering why you might want a fried banana and peanut butter sandwich pie, but if something like this was good enough for Elvis... In any case, regardless of whether you are sold on that particular recipe or not, it can showcase the dexterity and versatility and it does look good but this reviewer has not yet plucked up enough courage to try it...

There are surprisingly many recipes in this book that managed to catch this reviewer's eye, and there are not exactly a shortage of cookie, biscuit and pie recipes available either. A little book like this might be overlooked in favour of some gigantic mega-tome in a bookstore, particularly if the Moon Street brand is unknown to you, yet it could be one of those things that you should miss at your own risk. It is certainly worthy of closer consideration.
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