Sugar Cube by Kir Jensen with Danielle Centoni


Book Description

Publication Date: April 25, 2012
This covetable cookbook is a greatest-hits collection from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland, Oregon, that is thronged daily by hungry hordes craving voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a “whoop” of whipped cream. Sugar Cube founder and baker Kir Jensen left the fine-dining pastry track to sell her handmade treats on the street. Recipes for 50 of Kir’s most enticing cupcakes, cookies, tarts, muffins, sips, and candies are made more irresistible (if possible!) by 32 delicious color photographs. Sassy headnotes and illustrations that resemble vintage tattoos liven up this singular boutique baking book.

About the Author

Kir Jensen is the owner and chef of the Sugar Cube food truck. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Danielle Centoni is editor of Mix and a food writer whose work has appeared regularly in the Oregonian. She is the co-author of Mother’s Best: Comfort Food that Takes You Home Again. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Review –
I must admit that I purchased this book only because I heard about it or read about it, not because I really really wanted it.  It’s a pretty book with pretty pictures but the recipes are just not would I like.  Here are a few:
Molasses-Buttermilk Corn Bread with Maple White-Dog Whoop and Candied Bacon
Marionberry “Crack”
Curried Carrot Cupcakes
Black and White Sesame Brittle
If you like unusual recipes or know someone who does, this is the book for you.

Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon


Book Description

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Authors Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon started The Cake Ball Company in 2006, and it has quickly become the leader in the cake ball market. Perfect for both new and experienced bakers and all those who are sick of boring plain cakes and the cupcake trend, cake balls are bite-sized bits of moist cake blended with rich icing and surrounded in a beautiful chocolate shell. Cake balls are super-fun to make and the end product is cute yet elegant—not to mention delicious—making them the ideal dessert for parties, brunches, showers, weddings, and more.

Included within this tasty little cookbook you will find three cake and three icing recipes, for which all of the 51 cake ball recipes in the book are based on, troubleshooting tips, decorating and packaging ideas, and 45+ full-color photos throughout. Some of the tasty recipes include Southern Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Chip, Gingerbread, Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Strawberries and Cream, and many more.

Review –

Cake Balls and Cake Pops have become all the rage in the last year or so and this book tells you how to achieve perfect results with clear recipes and instructions and beautiful pictures.   If you enjoy making  Cake Balls/Pops  you will love this book.

Lake Eden Cookbook by Joanne Fluke

Book Description

Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Series: Hannah Swensen Mystery
It’s a picture postcard December in Minnesota. Pristine white snow is glistening in the winter sunlight, and Main Street is brimming with festive holiday decorations. Best of all, it’s the day Hannah’s mother, Delores Swensen, is holding her annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Centre – catered by none other than The Cookie Jar! The whole Swensen clan, their friends, and members of “The Lake Eden Gossip Hotline”, of which Delores is a founding member, have gathered for the delicious event. And as they share their favourite juicy tales of Lake Eden and its residents over coffee and dessert, they also share their favourite scrumptious cookie recipes – plus a mouth-watering menu of luncheon recipes…plus all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Carrot Cake Murder. Whether this is your first taste of Lake Eden, or you’re back for another helping, you can now bring the irresistible flavours of The Cookie Jar into your very own kitchen.
 Review –
I have read all of the Hannah Swensen Mystery books and loved the yummy recipes that the author, Joanne Fluke includes in every book.  Long after returning  a book to the library I found myself wanting to make a specific recipes and didn’t have it. NOW I have several of Hannah’s favorites in cookbook form.  The yummy recipes are taken from nine different books and I can’t wait to make the CHOCOLATE MINT SOFTIES, the CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD COOKIE BARS and the NORWEGIAN CHOCOLATE PIZZA , just a name a few.  I’m sure I’ll end up making all of the recipes at one time or another. Of course there is a story included among the recipes but
this time no one winds up dead. If you’re a fan of Joanne Fluke and the Hannah Swenson Mystery  Series,  you need to get this book NOW.

The Nancy Drew Cookbook-Clues to Good Cooking by Carolyn Keene

Product Description

More than one hundred easy recipes, some with Nancy’s special cooking secret. Includes “Detective Burgers,” “Double Jinx Salad,” “Twisted Candles Peach Crisp,” and many more. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My sister-in-law knows that I love cookbooks and recently found this one in a garage sale and gave it to me.  It was fun to read through the recipes and see what has changed since the book was first published in 1973. The recipes has fun names like Fire Dragon Spiced Fruit,Crumblung Wall Coffee Cake,Dancing Puppet Parfait and Missing Map Cheese Wafers.
The owner of the book  before me has written notes on some of the recipes  as to the goodness or not-so goodness of them and those were an added bonus.  I don’t plan on making any of the recipes but I’m glad to add it to my shelf of other cookbooks.