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Library Journal Review
Fans of baking expert Greenspan (Baking Chez Moi; Baking from My Home to Yours) have been awaiting this cookbook since 2010, when the author announced the opening of a pop-up cookie store in New York with her son Joshua. The recipes they developed for that venture are all here, along with hundreds of others (e.g., salted chocolate caramel bars, two-bite, one-chip cookies, honey-blue cheese madeleines, pistachio-berry slims). The sheer variety of cookie flavors, shapes, sizes, and types in this collection (copyedited by LJ's former cooking columnist Judith Sutton) is staggering, enough to last even the most motivated home cooks many happy years of baking. The book concludes with refreshingly uncommon chapters for "cocktail cookies" and "cookie go-alongs and basics" such as ice creams, sauces, toppings, and other accompaniments. VERDICT Essential for all baking collections. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Greenspan, the IACP and James Beard award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, admits in the introduction to her latest book that she has wanted to create an all-cookie cookbook since she wrote her first book in 1991. It may have taken Greenspan a while to finally give fans the gift of an all-cookie cookbook, but it was worth the wait, as it encompasses all of her influences over the years: the techniques and flavors learned at Julia Child's side, years working with Parisian patissier Pierre Herme, and recipes from the pop-up shop she and her son ran. Fans of Greenspan's other cookbooks will be pleased by the variety of recipes, including old favorites such as the World Peace Cookie. There are elaborate sandwich cookies, humble drop cookies, and revisions of chocolate chip cookies. A chapter devoted to savory cookies offers, among other unexpected treats, honey-blue cheese madeleines and spicy togarashi meringues. Unexpected and magnificent-sounding creations such as a Thanksgiving bar, made with homemade cranberry jam and fresh raspberries sandwiched between a crust made from cocoa-walnut shortbread remind readers that Greenspan is, let's say it, the cookie savant of our time. Recipes in the book, as always the case with Greenspan's recipes, are thorough enough to allow an unsure baker to find success. Accomplished bakers will be challenged and inspired by the breadth of recipes and the many suggestions Greenspan offers throughout the book to modify recipes. This is a cookbook to read, bake, and eat your way through. (Oct. 25) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Beloved baker Greenspan turns her attention wholly to cookies in her latest book. She estimates that she's created more than 300 different cookie recipes during her career and has winnowed them down to the best 170 here. Readers will find such classics as chocolate chip cookies, blondies, and brownie cookies as well as savory varieties and fancy treats. There are also recipes for The Beurre and Sel Collection (so called from her New York bakery of the same name) and Cocktail Cookies. Greenspan shares her kitchen wisdom throughout, and some recipes feature an end note entitled Playing Around, which gives bakers options to customize that particular cookie. Each recipe is accompanied by a large photograph and a note on its proper storage, though it's not likely these won't be scarfed up immediately. Greenspan is one of the names to know in baking, and her charming, thorough writing will be appreciated by novice bakers and experts alike. This collection is sure to be popular in public libraries.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2016 Booklist
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