I really did want to know what you favorite quilt books were.
Except that every time a title came up that wasn't immediately recognizable, I had to check my bookshelves. And then Amazon. (It was too late to run to the quilt shop.) The good news is that I had a lot of them. The bad news is that I didn't have all of them. The worse news is that some of those I didn't have looked interesting... the long and the short of this is that I wound up in a bookstore. That's always dangerous. While I didn't buy any quilt books, I can't say the same for cookbooks.
If you love breakfast, brunch and really amazing food pictures, this is a terrific cookbook. I think I gained 20 lbs. just reading this one. Of course, reading this book also put me on the hunt for those European-style brown paper baking cups. (Found them, thank you.)
I also came home with these...
There's just something about a really good cookie or dessert cookbook that always gets me. It's like shopping at Tiffany's. I don't actually want those diamonds, I just like looking at them. And while I will never actually make 99% of the recipes in the books, I really love reading the books.
About the books I got ~ The Fat Witch Brownies book is terrific. In addition to several terrific brownie recipes, there are all sort of bar cookie recipes, some of which will be somewhat familiar and several that are interesting variations. Just reading the recipes makes it pretty clear why the bakery is so popular. I have made two recipes from this book ~ the Fat Witch Brownies and the Cherry Oatmeal Bars. Yumm-o!
The Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy book by Alice Medrich is also excellent. While I wish it had more pictures ~ cookie pictures are always a good thing! ~ this book is jam-packed with everything you ever needed to know about baking almost every kind of cookie. If you like cookies and baking cookies, I think you'll like this book. The funny thing with this book is that several of the recipes also come with a "lighter" version. Lighter... schmighter. Cookies are supposed to be... well, cookies!
The Very Merry Cookie Party book is just fun. The cookie recipes look delicious and delectable, there are all types of cookies from traditional to funky variations, and the book includes tips for presentation if you're participating in a cookie exchange.
While I'm on the subject of cookie cookbooks, I can't not include one of my favorite cookie cookbooks ~ Big Fat Cookies.
In the three or four years that I've had this book, we've probably made about half the recipes in this book and not one of them hasn't been a "keeper". It also includes lots of valuable information about baking cookies, ingredients, and so on.
And while you're at the bookstore, don't miss out on Where Women Cook...
Three last things to tell you before I head off...
One. Rosie is collarless and very, very happy. The most immediate improvement in her life has been that getting up and down from the bed and couch is so much easier without that "thing" around her neck. Life is good!
Two. That big stack of books from Martingale is going to Lucky No. 22 ~ Lynn Koeppen!
Three. It seems I haven't been doing enough hippity-hoppity-bloggiting this past month or so. To wit, I'm hopping again this week with the ladies from Henry Glass Fabrics and you're invited!
When does it start? Wednesday, December 1st
How long does it run? One week ~ from the 1st through Tuesday, December 7th.
Who's going to be there? Heather Mulder Petersen of Anka's Treasures. Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup. Kim Diehl of all those fabulous books. The Crazy ladies from the Buggy Barn ~ Pam and Janet. Linda, Jacquelynne, Liz and Beth, Mary Ellen, Dana, Amy... and all the other ladies listed in the sidebar on the right side near the top... there are so many that I'm forgetting all the names!
What is it? A blog hop with Christmas projects and free patterns! Something simple, something fun... and I think there will be some prizes along the way with a big prize at the end.
Did someone mention prizes? Of course there will be prizes! There will be more details later but to win the Grand Prize, all you'll have to do is keep track of a few words and then leave one comment on the last day.
Who knows... I might even have an extra cookie cookbook.