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on 23 October 2007
....recreate the aromas and tastes of Grandma's kitchen with these deliciously tempting treats.'

2000/Ebury Press/paperback

'This is very much a cookbook about me.
It contains a lot of treasured memories about food, family and friends, along with lots of good recipes for everyday baking.
These are simple recipes that have transformed and enriched my life, and I hope they'll do the same for you...

The author spent her childhood in Colombia, then moved to the US before coming to Britain in 1984. Yet wherever she was there was a very good chance she would be found in the kitchen, experimenting with cookies or pursuing her aim of creating the perfect brownie.
Following a career in design and marketing, she trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine, then took the initiative and set up her own catering business.
As a brownie-craving, homesick American abroad, she quickly realised the commercial potential of really good quality homebaked treats and set up 'The Little Red Barn' in 1996.... producing a variety of cookies, brownies, muffins and nuts.

Packed full of irresistible recipes to make at home, this book includes everything from canapés, snacks and quick breads to muffins, cookies and brownies....Each recipe uses only the best natural ingredients and an easy-to-follow method to give scrumptious results every time.'

144 high quality shiny pages, split over main chapters:

1. Muffins and Scones
2. Cakes and Frostings
3. Quick Breads
4. Pies and Strudels
5. Brownies
6. Cookies
7. Canapés, Hors, d'æuvres and Light Snacks

with an introduction, list of specialist suppliers and an index, which is enhanced by indicating the recipes which have a photograph (not that many).

The introduction includes a useful guide to basic techniques, so often assumed in some cookery books:

* Creaming
* Folding
* Kneading
* Rubbing
* Whisking

and guides to key ingredients, staple ingredients, equipment, (including a note about knowing your own oven and its capabilities and, if in doubt, invest in an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature), and organization.

Each chapter opens with relevant text and tips.
Each recipe has the title, opening text lists of ingredients and the method plus the number made.

Recipes include:

* Buttermilk Cherry Muffins
* Swampscott Baking Powder Biscuits
* Cheddar Cheese Scones
* Cinnamon Buns
* Popovers
* Devil's Food Cake
* Marble Loaf Cake
* Banana Rock Cakes
* New Year's Day Fruit Cake
* Classic Banana Bread
* Pumpkin Gingerbread
* Apple Pie
* Pecan Pie
* Peanut Butter Brownies
* Rolled Sugar Cookies
* Snowballs
* Empanaditas
* Cream Crackers
* Pigs in Blankets
* Egg Salad
* Sesame Choux Puffs
* Miniature Pizza Bases
* Caramelised Onion Tartlets
* Fresh Tomato Salsa
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on 29 July 2001
Brownies, cookies, breads - the Banana Bread has become an absolute favourite with all my friends and co-workers! Easy to follow recipes, stunning pictures - no fuss!! There's always a recipe to match what you have in the store cupboard! Lovely lovely!!
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on 18 October 2001
Being an American in Paris I was thrilled to find a cookbook full of recipes from home, adapted for living in Europe. A fan of the author's baked goods, which I bought at Harvey Nicols on several occasions, I was excited to be able to try out her recipes at home. So far the things that I have tried have been simple and fast to do with a great result. Only complaint...no Barn Nuts recipe!!!!
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on 18 December 2010
Do you like cookies, brownies, muffins, or in fact cakes in general? This has to be the book for you. I've made many of it's recipies and had nothing but praise from all 'victims' of my usual odd creations. Really got me back into the kitchen after a number of years and failed attempts. Very easy to follow methods make this book the best cook's friend I've ever had.

It's not flame proof (well of course, because it's a BOOK after all) it's not smear or smudge proof (my copy has many GOOEY finger prints over it's most used pages) but it IS idiot proof. It must be if I'm sucessful in making the delights contained there-in.
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