Cookiepedia Book Review & Giveaway

I was really excited when Quirk sent me The Cookiepedia to review. This is Stacy Adimando’s first book and as you can tell from the title it’s an “encyclopedia” of classic cookies.

Heath Bar Blondies

The book itself is adorable with inviting colors, spiral bound pages and handy spaces to make notes next to each recipe. The book is split into seven sections. An introduction chapter followed by buttery cookies, chocolaty cookies, fancy cookies, fruity cookies, spicy cookies and nutty and seedy cookies.

I think that this would be an excellent book for someone that hasn’t baked cookies before or is a beginner in baking. It’s very inviting compared to a massive cookie bible like Martha Stewart’s Cookies. As a more advanced baker there are also plenty of cookie types I’ve never made before and I’m looking forward to working my way through them. This book is a good staple to keep on your bookshelf.

I started off by making the blondies, which if you’re going to split crumbs really isn’t a cookie, but they were the best blondies I’ve ever made. Nutty, buttery and melt in your mouth deliciousness.

Heath Bar Blondies

For the Blondie Recipe click here!

I brought them into work and my British colleagues seriously acted like I’d turned water into wine they thought they were so good!

I was kindly allowed to ask Stacey a few questions via email and even though she was on holiday she took the time to write back.

Cupcake Kelly: What is your favorite cookie and why?

Stacy: Ah, don’t make me choose! There is a cookie for every time of day and year, every event, every mood. I can narrow it down to three based on that: shortbread in the mornings, maybe flecked with espresso, lemon rind or poppy seeds; soft chocolate chips, even better dunked in fresh whipped cream, for holidays and celebrations; and my pistachio butter cookies, just because.

Cupcake Kelly: What would you like for someone new to cookie baking to take away from your book?

Stacy: I’m hoping readers and users just have a good time, and gain a greater sense of confidence and competence in their baking. If they bake one recipe and are excited to try another, I’m a happy camper.

Cupcake Kelly: Can we expect more books from you in the future?

Stacy: I sure hope so. There’s truly nothing better than taking a year or two to learn everything you can about a subject, then teaching it to people who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are. I feel very lucky. Now I’ve got the bug.

Cupcake Kelly: Who would win in a battle to take over the world? A cookie or a brownie

Stacy: If there were ever a dessertapocalypse, I’m quite certain cookies would be the last sweet standing.

Great answers! That last question was pretty tricky too. Now that you’ve heard how passionate Stacy is about cookies I’d like to share a copy of the book with you. Quirk have allowed me to giveaway one copy of Cookiepedia to a lucky reader!

1.  Simply leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favorite cookie is! Please leave your email address or make sure that I can obtain it from your profile (or leave your twitter name and I can tweet the winner). If you can not be contacted I will have to chose another winner.
2. Giveaway closes Midnight (GMT) Monday September 5th
3. For readers with UK mainland mailing addresses only
4. Please only enter once
5. Book will be shipped by Quirk to the winner once stock has been received sometime in September
6. Winner will be chosen by an online randomizer

Cookiepedia is available from Amazon in the US and UK.

Cookiepedia is published in the UK on Sept 6th. Thanks to Quirk for my review copy and Stacy for the interview.

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