Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum - anybody baking from this?
Ok do I love this book and it's author? YOU BETCHA! I've bought it a total of 5 that's right 5 times. Yes it falls apart and each time I tell myself I am going to bind it again but than I re buy it. This is the year I will copy it for my cook book archives. I enjoy this book so much i purchased her other books the Cake Bible, The Pastry and Pie Bible, and The Bread Bible
My mom and I started baking together with this book. BM (Before Martha Stewart became the Dona of Domesticity. In addition, the Cuisinart was the latest kitchen gadget must have. Biscotti where a exotic mysterious cookie and marzipan had to be ordered from New York Cake Decorators. Wow to think these food items are now mainstays @ supermarkets gives you an idea how far ahead Rose was of her time. Rose also holds a BS and Ms in food science. I love that many of the recipes can be made with a food processor.
My moms book has held up. This book must be being produced by a different printer. I remember using this book from the 1980's- 1986. My mom bought me my own copy in 1986.
The only experience I had before using this book was a rudimentary or a primer class of basic home economics. The only recipe out of the 60 cookies I have not made from this book is the Nortre Dame Cathedral.
TIME AND MONEY SAVING TIP: Test your candy thermometer before making the carmels. When making Roses Maghoney Buttercrunch Toffee, Macadamia Bars, Chocolate Chews, and Pralines etc the list would be to long, I would advise the baker to not bring the carmel to the crack stage. When doing this the temp gets to hot and uncontrollable that your carmel May burn. Instead bring the temp near the crack stage and remove from heat. The carry over thermal heat will bring the sugar to its desired stage without the risk of burning the carmel. See the book, Rose goes into descriptive detail of when and what will occur when making carmels.
From a scale from 1-10 i would give this author a 100! I enjoyed everything from the stories, pictures, measurement graphs by weight and volume, to how spot on Rose was to details that made every recipe a winner. In 2011 who knows maybe I'll make the Norte Dame Cathedral!
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