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The Flour Pot Cookie Book: Creating Edible Works Of Art Hardcover – Apr 24 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (April 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762425954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762425952
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 22.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mother-and-daughter owners of the Flour Pot, a popular Philadelphia cookie design company, make the art of cookie decoration accessible with a short introduction, brief tips and straightforward photographs of cookies as they should appear when complete. Some projects, such as the Sail Boat and the Party Hats, require freehand work, but for the most part, dexterity with a cookie cutter is the only key skill needed. The Stars and Balloons are especially simple and doable. The designs are more cute than sophisticated, the prose is spotty and the cookies become repetitive (the book features only one dough recipe, and all projects are covered in fondant—a thick, creamy white sugar paste), but this volume is friendly and nonintimidating even for kitchen novices. With cookies divided by occasion (wedding-related, baby-related, "At the Beach," "Seasonal Delights"), it's a handy resource for home bakers who might need to whip up something impressive and colorful without a great time investment. (May)
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About the Author

Margie and Abbey Greenberg are the mother-daughter team that makes up The Flour Pot, a bakery that specializes in unique cookie designs. Using their love of fanciful design, baking, and sweets, Margie and Abbey opened The Flour Pot in October 2004. It has garnered praise and well-deserved attention ever since. The bakery was featured on Food TV's Roker on the Road, and in countless magazines. Margie and Abbey Greenberg are the mother-daughter team that makes up The Flour Pot, a bakery that specializes in unique cookie designs. Using their love of fanciful design, baking, and sweets, Margie and Abbey opened The Flour Pot in October 2004. It has garnered praise and well-deserved attention ever since. The bakery was featured on Food TV's Roker on the Road, and in countless magazines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. de Leon on Sept. 21 2009
Format: Hardcover
Good book with nice pictures. Not much written content. Pretty much just pictures of cookies with short instructions on how to do them. Although the instructions are all the same for each cookie. It may be better just going to the website and looking at the photos on that.
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By Z. Chnarakis on Jan. 20 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for people looking for an interesting new way to decorate traditional sugar cookies. The ideas can be time consuming but produce excellent results. It is a must have for anyone interested in making seasonal or special occassion cookies.
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Format: Hardcover
Nice pictures, good ideas, very little written. It is more like an idea book to create what you see. You can get these and other ideas from the website.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
time consuming but simple May 11 2006
By Nilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I decorate A LOT of cookies and any method you use takes time. This book uses fondant for decorating. It has the texture of playdough, it's easy to work with, can be colored any shade you desire and tastes pretty good (depending on what brand you use - Wilton is not good!). Fondant is actually kind of fun to work with and the end result is very neat & polished. You roll out your fondant, then cut it with the same cookie cutter that you cut your sugar cookies with and paste it on the cool, already baked cookie with a bit of corn syrup to make it stick. Then you pipe some details on top of the fondant with a simple royal icing. Then you let them dry! There is a recipe for sugar cookies in this book that is perfect for rolled cookies that you want to decorate because this recipe will keep it's shape well during baking. The royal icing recipe is very basic (meringue powder, water, sugar). You do need some special supplies to make things easier but nothing too fancy. The cookies in this book are so cute and it covers most holidays and special occasions also. The price of this book is really good - especially on Amazon and is well worth the price. I would say this book is not too hard for beginners - it will be a bit of work but it's not impossible. I know from the photos on the front of this book that you are thinking it's too advanced and much too complicated but don't assume that! It's not that difficult.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
How Do You Plan to Use This Book? Sept. 30 2007
By NuJoi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book today and I've decided to return it. Kudos to the authors for figuring out how to use fondant for cookies. However, if I tell you to buy fondant, roll it, cut it with the same cookie cutter, adhere it to the cookie with corn syrup and decorate with royal icing -- you don't need to buy the book.

The photography is beautiful, but the book didn't inspire me as other decorating books have. If you are a fondant novice, this may not be the book for you as it lacks detailed instructions. I would also recommend practicing with royal icing before you begin your cookie project. Some designs use royal icing flowers, but there are no instructions about how to make them. These can be purchased at a cake decorating store or you can use other resources to learn to pipe them.

I was looking forward to this book, but it has turned out to be a disappointment.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Mixed feelings Sept. 23 2006
By Springerle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, this book presents several finished cookies with creative ideas on how to decorate cookies with rolled fondant (neat finish, pretty colors). However, --and be careful those people who are waiting for illustrations, or graphic aids on how to do it-- this book does not offer any pattern of any cookie (unlike Toba Garret's book), just a few photos at the end of the book. Even though the book tells how to decorate cookies, including what you need, more illustrations would have been very, very helpful. On the other hand, the recipe for the basic cookie is the widely known "no fail sugar cookie" recipe. I think this book is like a catalog of finished products.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great for inspiration April 16 2008
By Mary Greve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book a year or two ago and have referred to it often. I had never used fondant to cover cookies and, while it gives a beautiful finish, I much prefer a glaze icing with royal for details.

This book is probably best suited for those who have experience with decorating but need a little inspiration. It is long on beautiful photos and ideas but short on good explaination and step by steps. That said, it is one of my favorites. For more detailed instructions, Toba Garret's cookie book is a good bet.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Professional Results Fast June 18 2007
By The Casual Kitchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What I love about this book: The cookies are covered in fondant. This method allows me to decorate in half the time. Cookies decorated the traditional way, with a sugar glaze, are often too sweet ar simply don't taste good. NOt to mention time consuming to decorate. If you have a favorite, great tasting fondant recipe this technique will give you cookies that taste as good as they look. I would not use commercial fondant on these cookies as this type of fondant usually don't taste good.

Some things I don't like: inedible decorations like fabric bows, no templates.

Overall I still am very pleased with this book. I use it as an inspiration for my own cookie designs. The pleasure alone that I get from browsing it makes it money well spent

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