Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions (Anglais) Relié – 10 décembre 2007
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Visually, the photography is sharp, clear, and very detailed; this is necessary in any instructional book that needs to show you how it's product is to turn out. And instead of one page and one cookie, the cookies are grouped into a category and photographed all together on that page. Each cookie stands out alone, but as a finished photo, each category of cookies is lovely.
On the opposite page of each grouping of cookies, they have made a outlined, numbered chart that describes how each cookie was decorated, step-by-step, so that you can't make a mistake. How much more could a cookie baker ask for other than having Valerie and Janice make them for you?
Peppered throughout the book are sidebars and hints on all the little things that you can do to make your cookies just that much more perfect, along with all the trials and errors they've had over their years of baking, to help you avoid the same problems.
Then, to make your cookie experience even easier, they made cookie templates that you can zerox and enlarge in order to make the shapes and designs you see in the book. This is a wonderful part of their book, but for myself, I don't have the time and patience to do that, so in addition, they have listed some sources for cookie cutters. My personal suggestion for a great cookie cutter company would be "Fancy Flours" at "[...]". This company literally has hundreds of the most unusual and adorable cookie cutters, and they have every single one used in this book as well.
As a little sidenote, in Chapter 7, they teach you how to make cookies for construction pieces like houses, sleighs, gift boxes, etc. It is an excellent chapter and is worth the price of the book all by itself. It details what type of dough to use to withstand the weight of the project, how to construct each piece, etc.
The book is sectioned as such:
CHAPTER ONE: COOKIE CRAFT INSPIRATIONS
COOKIE CRAFTS for HOLIDAYS and SEASONS
Winter Into Spring
Easter and Spring
Thanksgiving and Autumn
COOKIE CRAFT for CELEBRATIONS
Showers and Weddings
New Baby or Baby Shower
Kid's Celebration and Sports
CHAPTER 2: INGREDIENTS, SUPPLIES, and EQUIPMENT
Flours, icings (thickness, thinness, etc), cookie sheets, cookie cutters, color charts, how to use your supplies
CHAPTER 3: COOKIE CRAFT PLANNING
Designing cookes (it even has a suggested sheet to use and mark your notes), color palettes, organizing your work area, cleaning up
CHAPTER 4: COOKIE RECIPES for CREATING BLANK CANVASES
Rolled Sugar Cookies
Rolled Chocolate Cookies
Rolled Nutty Cookies
Rolled Gingerbread Cookies
How to cut the dough, how to roll it out, etc
CHAPTER 5: PRE-BAKING DECORATING TECHNIQUES
Imprinting an Unbaked Cookie
Making Holes or Cut-Outs
Adding Dimensions to Cookies
Painting with Egg Tempera and Using Eggwash
Sugaring A Cookie or Attaching Add-Ons
CHAPTER 6: AFTER BAKING DECORATING TECHNIQUES
Royal Icing Recipes (how to's, the consistency needed, etc)
Piping and Flooding (the quintessential skill for cookie decorating)
CHAPTER 7: SIMPLE TO SHOWSTOPPING COOKIE CRAFT CONSTRUCTION
Stand-Up Cookies and Cookie Pace Cards
Party or Shower Favors, Cookie Boxes
Double-Sided Cookie Pops
Halloween Haunted House Luminaria (awesome!)
Santa's Sleigh Centerpeice
Baking Cookies for Construction
CHAPTER 8: FREEZING, STORING, WRAPPING, and SHIPPING
CHAPTER 9: COOKIE CRAFT EVENTS
Bakesales, parties, cookie swaps, etc
Suggested sources for cutter, baking supplies, etc
This is a very sweet book of knowledge, hard work, and creativity; you will be very happy with this as part of your baking library, thanks to Valerie and Janice!
If after this endeavor, you would like to go to the next level of cookie creations, I would highly recommend "Creative Cookies" by Toba Garrett; the dimensions of this art are boundless, and Ms. Garrett will instruct you as she is a Master Cake Designer and Sugarcraft Artist.