Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Cookie to Celebrate: Recipes and Decorating Tips for Everyday Baking and Holidays: Book Review


Title: A Cookie to Celebrate
ISBN: 978-1633537569
 Author: Jana Douglass 
Price: starting at $20.62 Paperback
200 pages | Genre: Cookbook
Available: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

  • Follow along with photograph-filled instructions: A Cookie to Celebrate is an instant cookie-baking classic, with recipes that are gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested along with tons of decorating and packaging ideas. These inventive and inspired cookies will be perfect for sharing with your friends on Instagram―or in person!
  • Desserts made to impress at your next party: What sets A Cookie to Celebrate apart is its step-by-step how-to instructions for gorgeously personalized cookies for all kinds of occasions, from birthdays to anniversaries to the changing of the seasons. These cookies are ornamental edibles that are perfect for the holidays, and because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, they’re great for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, kids’ parties, and potlucks.
  • Bake cookies with professional-level flavor and design right at home: Jana Douglass is the founder of Jana Lee's Bake Shop, an artisan bake shop specializing in custom decorated cut-out cookies for special events and celebrations. In A Cookie to Celebrate, she shares her baking expertise as a veteran baker and recipe developer along with her recipes, inspiring you to create your own new classics. Each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out.
  • Reimagined recipes and exciting new treats: A Cookie to Celebrate is filled with new twists on cookie concepts, like Engagement Ring Cookies and Baby Onesie Cookies―confections decorated for every season and reason. Try something new with ice cream cone cookies with sprinkles in summer, conversation heart cookies for Valentine’s Day, or even decorating a birthday cake with cookies!

A Cookie to Celebrate is full of cookie baking tips, recipes, and presentation ideas. With Jana’s cookbook, you will discover:
  • How to expertly roll, cut, and bake your cookie dough
  • Helpful tools and techniques for coloring and piping icing
  • Creative ways to spice up classics―or try something new!

THOUGHTS
For those of us who have been blessed to have a family or friends to cook for, we know that being ordained the “designated food preparer” is a blessing, but at times can feel like a curse. Some things take a lot of time to prepare, mess them up, and there is no way to start over and nail it. There are times when meal-deadlines can create the most stressful of cooking moments. This is especially true when the extended family will be around, such as holiday meals. It is also during these times that we feel extra compelled to bake something. After all, nothing concludes a festive holiday meal quite like a beautifully decorated pan of cookies that are themed to go with that holiday! However, we have all seen and experienced enough cooking to know that baking is the hardest thing to pull off when there is no time for mistakes. Well, I am happy to share with you a great book, which is more of a resource to guide you through the process of baking something yummy that not only will your guests be happy to enjoy, but that you will be proud to present. 

‘A Cookie to Celebrate’ is an excellent guide to “Recipes and Decorating for Everyday Baking and Holidays”. From the moment you see the cover, you have a general idea of how the book is going to be presented throughout. The book is great, not quite a cookbook, not quite instructional, think of a field-guide that covers doing something down to suggesting techniques that you seldom see in a book containing recipes. There are beautiful illustrations throughout and the chapters are self-explanatory, allowing you to easily find what you are looking for, or know what you are heading into. Mechanically, this book scores a perfect mark from me. It accomplishes the author’s intended purpose effortlessly. It is functionally efficient and aesthetically pleasing. 

As far as I am concerned a part of the book that deserves to be highlighted is the writing. I have never seen such clean and enjoyable writing in a recipe book of any kind. The combination of the author’s encouraging notes and overall theme of the book make you giddy to cook with this book by your side. I felt like a child as I followed along with the instructions and the whole experience was much better than I have had while baking in the past. Hats off to Jana Douglas. As the creator of this guide and founder of Jana Lee’s Bake Shop, her passion for baking are evident and her techniques are proven. Pick up this book and bake those cookies you have dreamed about. And don’t forget that when you are done, have a cookie to celebrate yourself! 

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1 comment:

  1. A Cookie to Celebrate does seem like a terrific book for all bakers! I enjoy trying different desserts to create and this would be a wonderful holiday gift too.

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