by Dede Wilson
A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies by Dede Wilson is a user-friendly Christmas cookie unlike any other to come before. A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies is the perfect companion to holiday baking, a fun and festive source of inspiration for cookie swaps, and destined to be a classic holiday gift for the baker on everyone's gift list.
Set up in field guide format, A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies is the perfect place from which to plan a season's worth of baking and enjoying all manner of Christmas cookies. Each recipe includes a full-color photo of a finished cookie, its habitat country of origin), the type (rolled, drop, molded, filled, etc.), and how long they will keep. Many recipes include "field notes"—detailed information on traditions, tips, or interesting bits of information pertaining to the cookie. There are handy icons throughout noting if the dough freezes well, finished cookies keep well, the cookies are fun to make with kids, the cookies have a quick prep time, or are sturdy enough for mailing. The delectable cookie recipes range frorn easily recognizable Classic Rolled Sugar Cookies to fancy European favorites like Polish Chrusti (Bow Ties) that are tied in a knot and deep-fried. There are crafty cookies that are as fun to make as they are to eat like Night Before Christmas Mice, Meringue Mushrooms, and no-bake Easy Christmas Wreaths. As the author states in her introduction, "There is the perfect cookie for every taste and they are a joy to make."
Dede Wilson has done her research. In addition to the fabulous recipes themselves, she includes general advice on what type of ingredients you should have in good supply when cookie-baking season arrives, the most helpful kitchen equipment for cookie-baking, tips on freezing and storing cookies, baking and cooling times, and much more.
Dede Wilson is the author of Christmas Cooking for Dummies, Appetizers for Dummies, and The Wedding Cake Book, which was nominated for an IACP award. She is a contributing editor to Bon Appetit, and Pastry Art & Design, and a repeat guest on the Today show and The View. Dede has also appeared on CNN, Food Network, HGTV, and the Discovery Channel. She has developed recipes for Williams-Sonoma and is the Food and Entertaining expert for CanDoWoman.com. Look for Wilson's holiday-themed cooking show on PBS. Dede Wilson lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies
by Dede Wilson
Harvard Common Press
176 pages, Color photos
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