2010 IACP Baking Book of the Year
With recipes organized by texture! Flaky, gooey, crunchy, crispy, chewy, chunky, melt-in-your-mouth . . .
Cookies are easy, enticing, and fun. Yet as the award-winning baker Alice Medrich notes, too often, home cooks cling to the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips, when so much more is possible. “What if cookies reflected our modern culinary sensibilityour spirit of adventure and passion for flavors and even our dietary concerns?” Medrich writes in her introduction to this landmark cookie cookbook, organized by texture, from crunchy to airy to chunky. An inveterate tester and master manipulator of ingredients, she draws on the world’s pantry of ingredients for such delicious riffs on the classics as airy meringues studded with cashews and chocolate chunks, palmiers (elephant’s ears) made with cardamom and caramel, and rugelach with halvah. Butter and sugar content is slashed and the flavor turned up on everything from ginger snaps to chocolate clouds. From new spins on classic recipes including chocolate-chip cookies and brownies, to delectable 2-point treats for Weight Watchers, to cookies to make with kids, this master conjurer of sweets will bring bliss to every dessert table.
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About the Author
Alice Medrich has won more cookbook-of-the-year awards and best in the dessert and baking category awards than any other author. She received her formal training at the prestigious École Lenôtre in France and is credited with popularizing chocolate truffles in the United States when she began making and selling them at her influential Berkeley dessert shop, Cocolat. She has devoted much of her career to teaching and sharing her expansive knowledge about baking. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @alicemedrich.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This book is an absolute "must grab" for anyone that want's to make cookies a part of their baking arsenal! I have tried 4 of the recipes in this book so far and they have all been winners. Alice provides a good thorough introduction for anyone new to baking cookies from scratch that is helpful not only for the recipes within, but also helpful for baking in general - I definitely recommend this book, it's worth every penny!
The book begins with some useful tips and the reasons behind them. She teaches you how to use the cookbook and how to understand her instruction. There's unique recipes and the classics, some recipes have different versions depending on your preferences. She even includes tips on how to alter the recipe slightly for a different spin on it. She calls them upgrades. This would be great for anyone that's new to baking because she explains just about every step. She tells you which pan lining works best with the recipe, how long they keep, and if you can freeze them. Excellent job of taking the guesswork out of her recipes. There's also a number of wheat free recipes and whole wheat recipes. Towards the end, she has a quick reference for your options. Quick & easy and lower fat are a couple of the categories listed. The author really makes this cookbook easy to use. Novice bakers and those of us that are just looking for something new can equally enjoy the recipes. I think the only improvement would have been a photo for every recipe. It does have some lovely pictures, but I believe most cookbooks could use more.
This book takes cookies seriously. There is zero tolerance for fooling around when it comes to technique or quality ingredients, the importance of which is emphasized throughout the book. Divided into sections based on cookie texture (chewy, gooey, crispy, crunchy), you will find a wide variety of recipes that include updated traditional, wheat-free, whole-grain, dairy-free and Weight Watchers options. The biggest challenge you're going to have with this book is choosing which recipe to try first!
I am reviewing this book after having only baked two of the recipes, but this is my fourth cookbook from Medrich and I find that her approach to flavors and baking really matches what I am trying to do as a cook. My interest in the last couple of years is to explore ingredients and to try and make the most of their inherent flavors to produce healthy (mostly), simple (mostly), good food that doesn't rely on artificial ingredients or large amounts of fat, salt and sugar. I first made the buckwheat nibby butter cookies using Buerre d'isigny unsalted butter. Even though I think these cookies were moderate in their fat content the taste of the butter really came through. I am looking forward to trying the different variations. I enjoyed the simple rich taste with the contrast of the nibs, but others might not find them sweet enough. The second recipe was the chocolate wafers 3.0. First I discovered that my food processor wasn't large enough ( it is small), and so I had to improvise, the resulting dough was counterintuitive as it looked like sand. But when I compacted it it did come together. On the first day I wasn't overly impressed, but day after day the flavor continued to improve. I think this would be a perfect recipe for working with specialty cocoas, or just to taste different cocoas. I really love that Medrich reduces fat and sugar to punch up flavor. As a result several of her recipes that I have tried have become 'go tos' in my kitchen.