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Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook: Hannah Swensen's Recipes from the Cookie Jar (Hannah Swensen)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,527 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
A delight for fans of Fluke's "New York Times"-bestselling series and for foodies everywhere, this beautifully packaged volume combines the most mouthwatering Hannah Swensen recipes along with new recipes and charming vignettes featuring favorite Lake Eden characters.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published September 27th 2011)
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Nancy Narma
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you love, love, love Joanne Fluke and the Hannah Swensen adventures in and out of her bakery/café’; “The Cookie Jar” and have many times regretted that you didn’t jot down a tempting recipe from one of her books…Regret no longer!! Your wishes have been answered with “The Lake Eden Cookbook”. Besides tried and true collected recipes
from approximately nine editions, this cookbook encompasses much, much more! You will find so much to enjoy and use; from snippets from some of her beloved books, b
Julie Barrett
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Joanne Fluke books and just thought this would be a recipe book but I was wrong. There is a story in there
about the cookie swap they have. It's easy to keep track of everybody over the years and I love these series.
Book also includes a hard copy of a recipe along with all the recipes from the Cookie Jar which Hannah runs in Lake Eden.
Love how the recipes give you not only tips on how to make them but other most useful tips on brands, measurem
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I gave it 5 stars because I did not expect a story, I expected the recipes.

It was actually quite surprise to find that there was a story at all.

Having said that, I was highly disappointed with the story. As a story teller, I feel Joanne reached her limit a while back. Every time I read one of her books I'm grating my teeth as it very much bothers me. The dialogue feels very.... forced. Every time someone speaks to Hannah, it is Hannah explaining something and them responding with something
Mary Rose
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yummy but some recipes were missing
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest: as much as I have wanted and tried to be, I am not a fan of Hannah's for numerous reasons. However, I am a huge fan of the recipes Mrs. Fluke includes in her books, so I bought it for that reason alone. I've already made Hannah's Chicken Salad (a variation of Norman's Egg Salad that is not detailed in this book). It is excellent (as is the egg salad)!!! I found the mixture was a bit dry, though, so I increased the mayo, cream cheese, and sour cream by 1/3 of the amounts initially ...more
Amy Lignor
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a Holiday treat that you will not forget!

The title of this gem says it all - and not only will you want to read it immediately, you will also want to head to the grocery store and buy ALL the ingredients in all of these fantastic recipes and sit down and eat every single one.

Ms. Fluke is a best-selling mystery writer who writes with a flair for food. In this, her newest novel, there are no mysteries to solve but, a whole lot of wonderful recipes for the holidays (and all other days) fea
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook

This is my first time reviewing a cookbook and I couldn't do it without actually trying out some of the recipes first. This cookbook is mostly sweets and makes a lot so it would be great to do for group gatherings. In the index they do have them divided by types (appetizers, bar cookies, beverages, Bread & Muffins, Cakes & Cupcakes, candy, cookies, frostings & icings, other sweet treats, pies, quick and/or easy meals, salads, soups, and substitutions
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a cook book. I bought this book and started reading this series because we had an abundance of rhubarb in our garden last year. My friend gave me a recipe for a rhubarb custard cake that her mom has made for years. She said that Joanne Fluke, the author of this and the Hannah Swensen Mysteries, did a shout-out for rhubarb recipes for this book. My friend said that her mom sent in this recipe and it was included in the Lake Eden Cookbook. I really liked the recipe (although my friend's mo ...more
Romancing the Book
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club, christmas
Review by Valerie: You are invited to Delores Swensen’s 4th Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange Luncheon! Wow! We, at Romancing-the-Book, have a special treat for one of our followers. You can win your very own advanced paperback proof of this fantastic cookbook! Not only does Joanne Fluke include lots of comments by Hannah to help you along, but you also have a storyline that flows smoothly between the recipe sections. To start off this event, would you like to try a Razzle Dazzle Champagne Cockta ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
JOANNE FLUKE'S LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK: HANNAH SWENSEN'S RECEIPES FROM THE COOKIE JAR by Joanne Fluke is an interesting mystery/fiction featuring Lake Eden characters and a collection of mouthwatering receipes. What a charming idean to mix the characters of Lake Eden with a collection of delicious receipes. This is more that a cookbook it is also a visit with the friends of Lake Eden. If you have never read,which I have not, this is a fun way for an introduction to the "Hannah Swensen" series and it ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is more recipes then story. It has recipes from former books as well but the new recipes are flagged so if you are a collector you can skip over these and look at the new ones.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun cook book with a collection of recipes from Hannah Swensen murder mysteries. A short stories weaves the recipes together.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I am a fan of cozy mysteries and when there is a cookbook thrown in too...well things can't get much better than that. This cookbook had some very good recipes that I want to try very soon.
Kate Beger
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
If I had been thinking logically, I would have known that the cookbook couldn't have been what I was expecting. When I first started reading the Hannah Swensen series, I wrote out all the recipes I was interested in. I found out that there was a cookbook! My daughter told me to stop handwriting the recipes, that she would get the book for me! Sadly, one cookbook can not hold all the recipes from 20+ murders.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not like the format of this book. It did not need a thrown-together story to accompany the recipes. There a few recipes I might try but I would not waste money buying this cookbook, glad I got it from my library.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The recipes sound so good. Will have to try some when I can.
Lisa B.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
All of the Hannah Swenson murder mystery books include recipes. Some of them sound wonderfully delicious. The only problem is, I am listening to the audio version, so I don't know have written access to the recipes. I decided to check out this cookbook from the library.

I am a visual person and I like my cookbooks to have pictures. This did not. I did like that each chapter was prefaced by a little Hannah Swenson story. I thought that was cute. It is nice to have all of the recipes gathered into
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
In Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook, the author presents recipes previously featured in the Hannah Swenson mystery novels as well as some newly created ones.

This is such a fun book! I haven't read all of the Hannah Swenson mysteries, but I have read a few of them. It's neat to see all of these recipes all in one place rather than scattered in the many books. There's a story running throughout the book and parts of it are presented before each section. It's sort of a novelized cookbook.

Many of
Janastasia Whydra
There is no substantial storyline in this volume of the Hannah Swensen series and the people of Lake Eden are fairing about the same as how they were at the end of the last installment, Devil's Food Cake Murder, but Joanne Fluke's Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook: Hannah Swensen's Recipes from The Cookie Jar is easily one of my most favorite cookbooks. I want to make almost all the recipes. The book includes appetizers, beverages, salads, main courses, and desserts for (in my opinion) any occas ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have never read any of Joane Fluke's books. People are always telling me I should read them, because they have recipes. Well, a few random recipes isn't going to make me like a mystery novel (I'm not a fan of the genre.) I was excited to see that my library had purchased this book, because I thought it would be like getting the foodie benefits from a book series I really didn't want to read (much like the Jan Karon cookbook, or other cookbook companion tomes- I don't read the novels by these a ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a nice cookbook. It has some helpful tips, like conversions, measures, substitutes, ideas, etc. Its not just about cookies, it also has some other sweets (cakes, muffins, etc.) and some salty food, but I was looking for the cookies. Every recipe says how much cookies a batch can make, but most of the times I have to make 1/2 or 1/4 of the batch because they make too many. Its well organized, and the steps are really easy. The thing is, I tried 3 of the recipes so far (3 cookies) and neit ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Aug 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
There were several reasons why I rated this book one star. First, This book was not a simple cookbook. It was written as a Joanne Fluke book with several more recipes added into it. So, the title is deceiving. Second, The size of the book is the same size as one of her regular mysteries. More often than not, what happens is that recipes are on two pages which requires the baker to turn pages to continue on with a recipe. Third (to go along with number two), she puts "cutsy" notes in with the rec ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, joanne-fluke
This cookbook takes all of the recipes from the first 15 or so books in the series and adds a few more to make a really nice cookbook loaded with cookie and dessert recipes (as well as a few others like chicken salad and lobster bisque). Another nice feature is that it has a short story woven throughout so our favorite Lake Eden characters are experiencing the cookbook with us. I really like that idea. Only problem for me is that it contained some information that I hadn't come across yet as I h ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I must confess that I am not a fan of the Hannah Swensen mystery series but I do like the recipes that the author puts at the end of the books. So I was happy to hear that she published a cookbook collection of all the previous recipes plus a few new ones. I have made several of the cookie recipes for baking competitions and won awards. My favorites are the Regency Ginger Crisps and the Pecan Chews. I look forward to trying more of the recipes.

I gave the book four stars because I didn't really c
J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
When I first got this cookbook, I remember being quite disappointed because the majority of the recipes had been in Fluke's books. It was my impression that this was a new cookbook, so I think it should have been made clear (in the subtitle, if nothing else) that these were reprints.

As I reread it, I realized it was good to have a lot of her recipes in one place (although most of my favorites from her books were not included--another disappointment), and the little continuing story is cute.

I ju
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: culinary
This is a cookbook, just to get the point across. As I read the novels, I am copying any recipes down that I would be willing to try. They can't have nuts, coconut, or coffee in them, so that eliminates some as well. I didn't have to copy any recipes that were in all-caps because I already had them down. This book had little "chapter" that I read, so that made this book really fun (and really quick) to read. I enjoyed it, and flipping through the recipes, and even some of the new ones, hardly to ...more
Sara Thompson
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait to get my own copy of this book. I loved borrowing it from the library but what a wonderful cookbook. For those who enjoy the Hannah Swenson mysteries this is a must have. There's a sweet short story about a cookie exchange party with all the characters.
The story introduces each section of recipes. The majority are from all the previous books which is really nice since I can never remember which book had which recipe and I don't own them all. This would allow me to pass along my bo
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff, mystery, cooking
I know, reading a cookbook? But I have read the entire Hannah Swensen series, and in each recipe, not only are there directions, but there are little comments from the characters in the book, and this had a plot, where it's a cookie party and Hannah is baking cookies and everyone wants her recipes, so she prints them all out and puts them in a binder for her friends...and her fat cat is still attacking her at the door, she's still got Mike and Norman vying for her attention, her mother is still ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, mystery, cookbooks
I was excited when I read that this author was going to release a book with a great many of her recipes in one book. I normally don't buy her books, get them from the library, but so many of the recipes have become staples in my house that I bought this one.

I was surprised that in addition to the many recipes there was a little, very little, story to tie them all together. The way things were written made sense to the characters and the story lines that have been going on.

I can't wait to mark
Nancy H
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. The author takes recipes from her previous books, adds some new ones, and sets them all in the context of her stories. She even has the characters giving hints and notes throughout the recipes. It is a hoot! I had lots of favorite 'hints', but my absolute favorite was to put your cookies in a bag in the freezer and label them 'Pork Kidneys' or 'Beef Tongue' or 'Lutefisk' so that the kids in the family (or even adults) leave them alone! Plus she also mentioned a chapter Del ...more
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