This book was a gift and I am so thankful for it. The apple cake recipe is great but my favorite is the macaroon sandwich cookies, they are simply amazing. I will continue to explore the recipes in this book. It's also an easy and interesting read. I read it cover to cover and never lost interest.
southerncooker from Boomer, NC
I won this one from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. The book is autographed by the author, she wrote: "Make life sweeter... eat dessert First! Joanne Chang"
I only have one complaint about this book the print is a little small in the ingredients listing. It's also a bit light there and in the directions. The information included with each recipe is in much bigger and darker print. The instructions are bigger type but still a bit light and hard on older eyes.
The book begins with a few in depth informational chapters to help your baking projects turn out their best. Chapters there include: an Introduction, Techniques, Equipment, Ingredients, and Joanne's Top 12 Baking Tips. The next chapters get to the goodies: Breakfast Treats, Cookies, Cakes, Pies + Tarts, Other Sweets, and Bread. At the end of the book you get Acknowledgments, the Index, and Table of Equivalents.
There is some interesting reading before each recipe about how it came to be on the menu, where she came up with the idea or some memory from the author. She gives both weights and measures for many of the ingredients. She also includes tips with some of the recipes she calls Baker's Bites. With some of the recipes at the end she gives you an option to change the recipe a bit and calls this Same recipe, different flavors.
Catbatty from Portland, Ore
Looks like a good book BUT the print is so faint and small. Very hard to read and my scanner fights it. I doubt it will copy-machine well either. Bummer. If a person has young eyes, maybe no problem. I doubt I could COOK from it. SO... I am trying to scan book when I have time...with settings maxed out all the way. Little by little I am getting some done and loaded in my Mastercook, where I can enlarge the font, print large, etc. Otherwise, the recipes look good...nothing fancy..but good. Haven't cooked from it yet.
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