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this could have been so much better!,
This review is from: Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich (Paperback)
This is a big glossy book full of delicious recipes for cookies featuring all the usual suspects (brownies,blondies,choc chip cookies,graham crackers, lemon bars etc) and some new ones you may not have heard of. The recipes themselves are divine and the author is clearly experienced at baking, there are lots of useful tips in here and advice to help you along the way,however what could have been a great book is actually very average because of the lousy layout!
The book is a weird oblong shape so doesn't fit on the bookshelf neatly with all the others. It could have been condensed considerably if the publishers had bothered to fill all the pages, there is only writing on half of the page and there are only about 5 pictures in the entire book which i find inexcusable in a cookie book! They could have easily squeezed in a small photo of each cookie instead of just leaving half the page blank.
Some reviewers have complained about the cup measures but that doesn't bother me as i like using my cups and my young children who assist me find them so much easier. The author herself prefers to use weights and measures as they are more accurate but as this is an american book she has to go with the masses and use cup measures.
There are several variations on brownies, blondies and biscotti all of which are delicious and my personal favorites so far have been the Gooey Turtle Bars (basically caramel shortbread with pecans) peanut butter blondies and regular blondies with a shot of bourbon.
If i was basing this review on content alone, it would be 4 or 5 stars but as a complete package it only gets 3.