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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cookbook Cookbook Review - Crazy About Cookies, By Krystina Castella

I recently got a copy of Crazy About Cookies - 300 Scrumptious Recipes For Every Occasion & Craving, by Krystina Castella. What perfect timing! It's Christmas Cookie baking time and can't we all use some new recipes?

What an awesome cookie cookbook! Tons of great full-color photographs. (And you know I'm all about the photos when it comes to recipes.)
Here are the chapters:
1. Cookies in the know
2. Everyday cookies
3. Party cookies
4. Occasions cookies
5. Holiday cookies
6. Christmas cookies
Templates for Cookie Construction
"Throughout the book you'll notice a heart shaped icon. Each indicates a healthier (and equally delicious option for a recipe, where there is less sugar (sweetened only with juices and honey) fruit and veggie (extra vitamins), energy cookies and bars (extra vitamins and full proteins), low fat (less fat and healthy fats), gluten-free (no wheat, barley, rye), and vegan (no animal products)."
Now I know what you're's the holidays...out the window with the weight watching, but not for me. I'm holding firm on my diet plan and so long as they are "equally delicious", I'm all for it. I intend to try out several of the recipes over the coming days and I'll let you know. I can't wait to try out the Banana Oatmeal Cookies (page 59). I love bananas and I love oatmeal cookies, so these should be awesome!
I can't wait to try the Biscotti recipe!

From the publisher:
"Bakers everywhere went crazy over Krystina Castella's Crazy About Cupcakes, and will go completely wild over these 300 clever cookie recipes. The baking phenomenon whips up delicious riffs on the classics and more adventurous offerings (like savory cornmeal olive cookies). There's something for every occasion, from melt-in-your-mouth after-school snacks to fun Christmas cookie constructions. A basics section on doughs, toppings and decoration techniques makes this the cookie foundation every creative foodie needs."
About the Author from
"Krystina Castella is obsessed with playing in the kitchen and sharing recipes with others that are tasty and beautiful. Krystina is the author of Crazy about Cupcakes (Sterling 2006), Crazy about Cookies (Sterling 2010, Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (Quirk Books, 2008) and co-author of Booze Cakes (Quirk Books 2010). She is also co-author/ photographer of the children's book Discovering Nature's Alphabet (Heyday 2006). She lives and works near Los Angeles as a writer, industrial designer, and professor at Art Center College of Design."
Crazy About Cookies - 300 Scrumptious Recipes For Every Occasion & Craving, by Krystina Castella is currently available at,, Barnes and and your local bookseller.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this novel to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.

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Patricia Rockwell said...

I adore biscotti and my brother makes a mean chocolate biscotti. I tried them once and they were a disaster. Hope this book helps you make what I consider to be "the king of cookies"!

Mommy said...

ooh thanks looks like a great book! I love baking & I'm having a cookiw swap this holiday so I need a good recipe :) New follower I'd love for you to come follow me back @

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