Here’s my verdict on Dorie’s Cookies.
To Read: Yes. I’m not done reading yet because there are so many recipes. Each recipe has a good story and valuable baking tips you won’t want to miss.
To Look At: Yes, the photography is by Davide Luciano, and he does a good job of highlighting these cookies. Each recipe has a photo, which I really appreciate. Although the descriptions of the the cookies are well-written, if you are just flipping through and trying to pick out a cookie you wanted to make, the photos will really help.
To Cook From: Yes! Each recipe is really well-detailed, with extra tips regarding ingredients and cooking methods. I think if you closely follow all the tips (which I didn’t very well with the Strawberry Shortcake Cookies), you will have success every time.
While, I did really love this cookbook, I had a couple of minor critiques. First, a lot of these cookie recipes were what I would call old-fashioned. There are a lot of nuts, dried fruit, ginger, and other ingredients that might not go over great with kids. They sound yummy to me, but probably wouldn’t be a big hit with the family. Second, her categories, which I mentioned in my overview of the book, were a little random. But there is a good index, which would help you find the recipe you are looking for.
There are still some cookie recipes from Dorie’s Cookies I would like try, but I think the next Dorie Greenspan book I will read is Baking: From My Home to Yours. Let me know if you have tried recipes from either of these books. Have a great weekend!