I'm excited to read through this, it looks beautiful! I got a wonderful copy from swaptree today, and am so happy to get a great book for the price of...moreI'm excited to read through this, it looks beautiful! I got a wonderful copy from swaptree today, and am so happy to get a great book for the price of shipping. :) (less)
I was really excited about this book, and scored big time when it became available to me on swaptree.com!
After reading through it, I'm just glad that...moreI was really excited about this book, and scored big time when it became available to me on swaptree.com!
After reading through it, I'm just glad that I didn't pay $18 for it in Target.
I'm not bothered by the concept of "hiding" veggies in food. I hide carrots in my spaghetti sauce, and spinach & avocado in our "refried" beans, and nobody's the wiser. The kids love "green" smoothies, and most of the time they are open to trying new foods.
Most of these recipes, however, don't look like things that we would eat. To be truthful, a few of them made my stomach turn, and if I won't eat something, I sure won't be excited to serve it to my kids.
The recipes that looked good were things that were sweet and needed fruity purees, which doesn't make sense for my family b/c we all love fruit as it is and don't need to hide it in our dishes.
Another thing that was confusing to me, was some of the recipes claimed to be "vegetarian friendly", but didn't really explain how to make it "vegetarian" and still use the purees.
For instance, the "Tortilla Cigars". The recipe calls for roasted chicken or turkey, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, squash and carrot purees, all mixed up with salt and garlic seasoning and rolled inside tortillas. "Leave out chicken or turkey for veggie meal".
Well, if you leave out the meat, you have cheese and runny purees on a tortilla, right? Seems pretty gross to me.
The book served as a friendly reminder to try new things (it's been quite a while since I used cauliflower in mashed potatoes!) and it was helpful to see some examples of veggies that I would never normally try in a meal (red pepper puree in chili). Also, the book is fun to look at, the pictures are nice and the color scheme is great.
I will try some of the sweeter ideas, like the blueberry lemon muffins with yellow squash puree, or the gingerbread spice cake with broccoli and carrot puree, but I have a feeling that I'll probably be swapping this book for something else very soon. (less)
this was a cute book, with great little stories before each recipe. as far as a recipe book goes, i wouldn't really use it. being a southern girl myse...morethis was a cute book, with great little stories before each recipe. as far as a recipe book goes, i wouldn't really use it. being a southern girl myself, the few southern recipes i would ever want to cook are recipes that i would get from my southern friends and family. know what i mean?
for instance, at Thanksgiving, my Mom makes an amazing turkey dressing. it's not too dry or crumbly, so delicious. my aunt Diane makes (to her family) an amazing turkey dressing. her family likes that it's not too runny (like my Mom's), although my family would consider it nearly burnt. both dressings must be at our holiday dinners for everybody to be happy, because those are "our" dishes.
so i certainly wouldn't use this book for a turkey dressing recipe, because it wouldn't taste like my Mom's. same with sweet tea, fried catfish, cornbread, or barbecued ANYTHING. I happen to have a barbecue king for a father, so if i want any barbecue recipe, i'm going to get it from him, because i want it to taste like his does.
the recipes are probably terrific, but I just wouldn't use them. maybe you would. either way, the book is worth the read for the great stories, side notes, and pictures. the recipes are just a bonus feature. :)(less)
i read about two hours of this tonight in Barnes & Noble. it is SO SO SO good, and had i $35 with me, I would have walked out with this massively...morei read about two hours of this tonight in Barnes & Noble. it is SO SO SO good, and had i $35 with me, I would have walked out with this massively huge book.
it's definitely the next book that I'll buy, as long as i can get free shipping. did i mention that it is HUGE?
the librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book. *****
okay, this book is amazing.
thank you, library, for making my decision to e...morethe librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book. *****
okay, this book is amazing.
thank you, library, for making my decision to easy.
i NEED to own this book. it's really so so so good. i have 2 recipes to try this week before we go out of town (at Dustin's request. the cookies, are his request, not my leaving town) I have tried several Martha cookies in the past, and they all have been amazing, so i have no doubts about this book.
LOVE all the packaging ideas in the back of the book (to present cookies as gifts), and there is a great list of sources in the back, as well as popular cookie tools and techniques.
i love how the chapters are broken up into textures.
light and delicate soft and chewy crumbly and sandy chunky and nutty cakey and tender crisp and crunchy rich and dense
the pictures are perfect. i don't know how they consistently came up with creative ways to photograph over 175 cookies. genius.
martha, you are a genius. and i love you. that is all.