The Flour Pot Cookie Book: Creating Edible Works Of Art Hardcover – Apr 24 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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
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.