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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908862629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908862624
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Sweetser trained at the Cordon Bleu schools in Paris and London and has contributed articles to numerous publications including OK!, The London Magazine, Period Living and You Are What You Eat. She is the author of 20 cookery books and is a member of the UK Guild of Food Writers and the Slow Food Association. The author is based in Southend-on-Sea.

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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
For many this might be a bit of a culinary trip down memory lane. For some it will be totally new. And a few will no doubt wonder what all the fuss is about as, for them, these cakes and cookies have never gone out of fashion.

This slim, colourful book gives the reader a couple of dozen recipes that look, thanks in part to the wonderful photography, as yummy today as they no doubt did to a knee-high child all of those years ago. Showing perfectly that recipes need not be complicated or involved to be good and tasty, recipes for things such as Rock Cakes and Swiss Buns cannot fail to have you wanting one or two or more as a snack.

The recipes themselves are clearly presented and well written, including all of the things that we regularly complain about (estimation of preparation and cooking times, imperial and metric measurements and portion sizes). Instructions are detailed and seem to leave nothing to chance, short of providing a chef to make them for you. For this reviewer, at least, being of a certain age, looking through this book was a bit of a chore - as it became easier to determine what one would not want to make rather than the usual way of selecting recipes from a book. Who could not like, for example, a Jam Sandwich Cookie, and who doesn't, at least in private, try to separate the two layers to get more of the lovely filling? What do you mean, it is just this reviewer...? Oh, ginger nuts too. Excuse me... this book is likely to prove to be rather fattening or a test of endurance in the face of severe food provocation.

This reviewer was slightly sceptical at the start as to the overall purpose of this book, considering its relative size and price, but as soon as the book was opened this feeling disappeared.
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cakes just like Mum or Grandmother used to make. Talk about take me back to my childhood. Walk down the memory lane of taste with these delicious recipes. All your favourites are included I'm sure. The book includes cakes and cookies. Over 25 recipes are included and are split into Chapters under headings: Small Cakes, Bars and Buns; Cookies and Other Treats; Large Cakes. These are the treats my Mum would make for Sundays. Coconut Pyramids (Mum always made with with a cherry on top, oh those chewy sugary delights), rock cakes, Swiss buns (Sally luns), Butterfly cakes (if anything makes me think of my childhood, it's these and I still love making them), Coffee-Walnut Layer Cake (my favourite cake of all). Lots of lovely recipes. Enjoy the memories. This review first appeared on welovefinefoods website.
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Absolutely super book, full of recipes from my childhood. The ginger biscuits have become our new favourites, along with the coconut pyramids.
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A very good baking book to add to my collection
Good selection of recipes
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HASH(0x950b7ae0) out of 5 stars Very nice 29 April 2013
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For many this might be a bit of a culinary trip down memory lane. For some it will be totally new. And a few will no doubt wonder what all the fuss is about as, for them, these cakes and cookies have never gone out of fashion.

This slim, colourful book gives the reader a couple of dozen recipes that look, thanks in part to the wonderful photography, as yummy today as they no doubt did to a knee-high child all of those years ago. Showing perfectly that recipes need not be complicated or involved to be good and tasty, recipes for things such as Rock Cakes and Swiss Buns cannot fail to have you wanting one or two or more as a snack.

The recipes themselves are clearly presented and well written, including all of the things that we regularly complain about (estimation of preparation and cooking times, imperial and metric measurements and portion sizes). Instructions are detailed and seem to leave nothing to chance, short of providing a chef to make them for you. For this reviewer, at least, being of a certain age, looking through this book was a bit of a chore - as it became easier to determine what one would not want to make rather than the usual way of selecting recipes from a book. Who could not like, for example, a Jam Sandwich Cookie, and who doesn't, at least in private, try to separate the two layers to get more of the lovely filling? What do you mean, it is just this reviewer...? Oh, ginger nuts too. Excuse me... this book is likely to prove to be rather fattening or a test of endurance in the face of severe food provocation.

This reviewer was slightly sceptical at the start as to the overall purpose of this book, considering its relative size and price, but as soon as the book was opened this feeling disappeared. Sometimes you shouldn't buy on quantity (of recipes) alone, but on quality. A book like this, in other words. The publisher should have reinforced the British-orientated bias of this book, but please leave the typical "London tourist" stock photographs out of it. If you've not had that much experience of British cakes and cookies, or you've got a somewhat strange outdated impression, this book might help change your viewpoint and get you addicted. If you've grown up with this sort of stuff, you won't need convincing. It is probably a good thing that nutritional and calorific information is not given alongside these recipes... oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
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