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Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

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I feel like I hit the jackpot with secret recipes! One of the best things about Kneaders is that our bookclub meets there once a month! The second best thing is the food and now having the recipes is a bonus. The salad recipes are delicious as are the sandwiches. This recipe book is already well loved and my family has loved everything i have made so far. Thanks Kneaders!
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A beautiful book of recipes. Great photos and well-written instructions. A great addition to any kitchen collection.
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I have to admit that I have never heard of Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, but that is only because they do not have a location in my part of Texas. I did discover they have locations in San Antonio, so next time I am in that neck of the woods I plan to check them out.

I am a sucker for a cookbook with a multitude of breakfast options, along with soups and sandwiches. I tend to get in a rut when it comes to sandwiches, so I always like a little inspiration. There are also several french toast recipes that I know my family would enjoy, so that will have to be a weekend treat. While I can't get their bread here to make some of the recipes, any good thick bread should work, depending on the recipe.

A fun recipe in the cookie section is the Gingerbread Mummy Cookies. This is a twist on a gingerbread cookie where the icing makes them look like a mummy. Great for the Halloween holiday. There is even one called a Spider Cookie that you might recognize as a different name, Haystacks.

Outside of the multitude of dishes, the family shares their story and history. I enjoyed learning about the family behind Kneaders, their hopes, dreams, and history. There are stories sprinkle throughout with the recipes too. It is more than just a cookbook; it is a story of the family, their dreams and their struggles.

This is one cookbook that will used quite often for gatherings with friends and family.

We give this book 5 paws up.
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I know this is a cookbook but that’s not even my favorite part of this book. It’s the family. It’s the stories. I’ve never wanted to be adopted by a stranger but I would love to join this family. Such a lovely group. 

 Ok now to the recipes! They look amazing. Not all of them are easy but they are written well so you can follow the steps. I wish there were more pics but that’s my only negative.
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Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is a brilliant collection of recipes and tutorials by Colleen Worthington. Released 3rd Oct 2023 by Shadow Mountain Publishing, it's 352 pages and is available in hardcover format. 

This is a huge collection of family-gathering-worthy high quality recipes with eye appeal, quality ingredients, and taste. The author(s) are known for artisanal breads and baked goods, but their restaurants also serve soups, sandwiches, and other foods, and this is a huge compilation of menu items to prepare at home. 

The recipes are arranged thematically: breakfast, salad, sandwiches, soups, drinks, breads, dips & spreads, stuffings & croutons, cakes & trifles, cookies & bars, pies & puddings, and sweets & treats. Recipes include an introduction/background, bullet list of ingredients in a sidebar, and full prep and cooking directions. Ingredient measures are provided in imperial (American) units only. Nutritional information is not included. 

Most ingredients will be readily available at any moderately large grocery store in North America. 

The photography is clear and in color throughout the book. Serving suggestions are attractive, well styled, and appetizing. The author has also included highlighted text boxes with alternative presentations and "Tasty tips" for improving the recipes. 

Five stars. This is a really well rounded collection and would make a superlative choice for public library acquisition, for holiday gifting, and for home use. It is full of classic recipes and will become a standard go-to in the kitchen. There are many many cookie/cake/sweets recipes which are perfect for get-togethers, potlucks, and holiday entertaining. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
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I had no knowledge of this chain going into the book but I was drawn to it and the cover. I enjoyed reading about the history of the chain. The recipes are fantastic and weave so many traditions throughout them. This book was laid out in a wonderful way and the recipes easy to read and follow.
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I haven't tried a recipe yet but I love how this book is set up with the history and behind the scenes. It shares stories from the family and how Kneaders came to be.
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I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

I've never been to a Kneaders Bakery, so it was a nice surprise when I took a look at this book. There are a lot of beautiful pictures and classic bakery ideas inside. If you are a fan of Kneaders, I think you'll probably enjoy this cookbook not only for the recipes, but for the stories and anecdotes from the owner too. Definitely a nice general baking cookbook!
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A collection of mouthwatering, delicious recipes. Filled with heart to warm you during the winter. I can wait to try all of these recipes. I guess we all know what I’ll be doing on my snow days.
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My new favorite cookbook. I love Kneaders so I was very excited to see they have a new cookbook and included recipes for some of their most popular foods! They even include some fun Halloween treats.

This is a beautiful hardcover cookbook with gorgeous pictures and just enough info at the beginning of the recipes to know the background etc but not so much you feel like you’re reading someone’s wordy blog. The few sentences they include are interesting and worth reading. It is much more substantial than I expected with over 150 recipes, not counting the many variations, with full page color photos interspersed with 14 short stories about their family and restaurant. The tribute to The Mother Warrior might even make you cry. 

Chapter headings:
Drinks (smoothies and hot chocolate)
Dips and Spreads 
Stuffings and Croutons 
Cakes and Trifles 
Cookies and Bars 
Pies and Puddings 
Sweets and Treats 

Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy to use for my review.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this cookbook.

This cookbook, Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, is focused on the same named place ran by the author and her husband. I've never heard of this place nor eaten there, but it does sound like it has amazing food. 

Now, there are many recipes in this book that look absolutely delicious and I'd love to make myself. That's the positive here. But - and this is a personal thing - the stories were a bit much for me. I love that this family wants to share their history, but I grew tired of reading so much about them and not the recipes that I started skipping around it all. 

Another thing is that some of the recipes call for Kneaders bread or some other item that only Kneaders has, but there wasn't a recipe for it, so we could make it ourselves. That's a little frustrating. 

I feel this cookbook will be fine for those who eat at Kneaders, live in that area, know the family, or don't mind cookbooks with more backstories of the author than of actual recipes.
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I was so excited to get this cookbook since Kneaders is local. I love baking and was anxious to try many of the desserts. This book contains traditional recipes and some non traditional. Each recipe I tried was loved and got great reviews. I feel like most cookbooks only have a couple of recipes I would enjoy. This one had several.

Now that it’s soup season, I’m ready to explore even more of this cookbook. Nothing tastes better with soup then fresh bread. There are several bread recipes that are calling my name.

There’s a great variety of recipes in this book and even the pickiest eater will find several things to love.
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If you are looking for the perfect cookbook to prepare for upcoming family gatherings, this is it! For many years Kneaders Bakery has been a staple for families all across the Southwest. As they celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Worthington family is sharing some of their favorite recipes. 

In this beautiful recipe book, there’s an inspiring history of how the restaurant chain got started as well as fun stories behind the recipes. The gorgeous illustrations & delicious recipes make this a must have.

👩‍🍳The cookbook is divided into the following sections:  

Breakfast foods
Dips & Spreads
Stuffings & Croutons
Cakes & Trifles
Cookies & Bars
Pies & Puddings
Sweets & Treats

Along with step by step instructions are tasty tips to help even the most seasoned cook. I especially loved the soup, bread, cake, and cookie recipes. I can’t wait to try even more. 

Definitely one to add to your cookbook collection. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own & voluntarily provided.
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I remember when Kneaders Bakery & Cafe first started popping up! We loved eating there. I've moved far away from where they are at but I still think about the delicious food I've eaten there over the years. So this cookbook was fun to read through and peruse the many different recipes!

I loved that included in the cookbook are several pages with the story of the Worthingtons, the couple who started the restaurant. It was so neat learning about how it came to be. They were retired and bored in retirement so started taking cooking classes and opened their own bakery/cafe! Then it just took off from there and their children have joined in and helped in the business truly creating a family business. I loved learning more about each family member and who does what and who came up with what food ideas!

The pictures are seriously mouthwatering!!! I can't wait to try all of the recipes. I honestly haven't made any yet but will be doing so. I thought I'd have more time to do so but life happened. I think a couple of my first recipes to make will be the Butternut Bisque (yummmmm!!!!), Tomato Soup, the Gourmet Picnic Sandwich (honestly all of the sandwiches sound like they're up my alley), Pumpkin Curry Soup, the Berry and Peach smoothies, Irish Soda Bread, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Bloomin' Jack Bread, To Die For Stuffing, and all of those chocolate cakes, Gingerbread cookies, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!! There's soooo many great recipes in here! This is one I need to grab a hardcover copy of it because it's just got all of my favs in it! Now excuse me while I go make my grocery shopping list and disappear into my kitchen for a few days!!!

I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
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This is an interesting cookbook, but I feel it is truly for those who are fans of Kneaders, which is a  bakery/cafe with locations in six western states. I don't believe I've ever been to one, but there are lots of recipes in this book that look delicious.
The recipes are in chapters on Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups, Drinks, Breads, Dips and SPreads, Stuffings and Coutons, Cookies and Bars, Pies and Puddings, Sweets and Treats. Each recipe has a color photo of the finished dish. and some of them start with a few paragraphs about the recipe's origin or history (all have some sort of intro blurb). Also interspersed in the book are a lot of multi-page profiles on the founding family and relatives, friends, and employees.
One criticism is that quite a few of the recipes, especially in the sandwiches chapter and some of the sweet items, call for a purchased item from Kneaders as an ingredient (bread for the sandwiches, spreads or sauces, etc.). While someone can surely go out and purchase a different bread near them if there is not a Kneaders location nearby, I would have preferred there be an alternative listed within the recipes.
This is a good book to celebrate their 25th anniversary, but with it so heavy on Kneaders history in addition to the recipes, it may have a limited audience.
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Morning, Sunshine...

A sweet look into how Colleen and Gary Worthington met and the traditions from both their families. Kneaders history and their nostalgic and unusual recipes are collected here. Particular standouts are the pie and tart sections (I was surprised to see a haupia tart recipe!). Of course, pie crust is made with bread flour here. A lovely, a bit old fashioned and definitely unique cookbook. 
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I have yet to meet the person who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread or revel in the first slice while it's still warm.  I'm better than average when it comes to making my family's bread but I'm always looking to improve and/or expand my skills.  And this book, well........
As Colleen Worthington shares 25 years of experience baking bread, making soup and mouth watering desserts, she tells the story of how Kneaders Bakery came to be.  It's obvious that this was a passion for her and being able to build a business was not an easy road.  But build she did and now we reap the benefits of her hard work.  Thank you for sharing with us.
I collect cookbooks and have for many years.  I have so many that any new ones must be unique, as is Worthington's book.  Anyone looking to up their cooking skills should definitely try this one.
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This cookbook is fabulous! There are so many recipes and beautiful photos! I dare you to thumb through these pages and not get a craving for something! The recipes are easy to follow and there is a great variety of recipes ranging from breakfasts to special holiday dishes.  I’m planning my fall menu from this cookbook! The pumpkin cookie recipe is fantastic! We’ve made it several times already! I definitely recommend this one to beginner cooks and seasoned home cooks alike!
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This is a fabulous cook book and beyond. I loved learning about the family and how they started and grew. The recipes are some of my favorite and I will continue to try many more. This is 25 years of some of their best recipes. They are for the most part simple and straightforward with some great tips and pictures. The actual bakery cafés are mostly in the western United States, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from buying the book. Especially with fall coming up, yes, perfect baking season. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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The photography was very well done. The stories were nice. I  didn’t save any recipes to make but I enjoyed reading the book.
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