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The Cookie Bible

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I really liked this cook book.  I have a few other books on cookies. I love the variety of recipes and cookies types available. While there is a lot of variety it's also very simple and straightforward. 
I have always found baking difficult and this one provides a lot of practical advice and it's conversational in nature.

I especially love the recipe for dog cookies!
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This is one of the best cookie cookbooks I have had the pleasure to flip through. The variety of types of cookies is phenomenal along with the explanations, instructions, and tips. There is a section at the beginning that goes over equipment and ingredients and it even gives you speed recommendations for the kitchen aid mixer which I haven’t seen before but loved. The photos are gorgeous of course, but I love the adaptability of these recipes. There’s a cookie for every occasion and lots of suggested or even encouraged variations!
I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, but I can honestly see myself purchasing the physical version of The Cookie Bible after trying out a few more of the recipes myself.
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Very nice to have a book dedicated to just cookies.  I am a lover of all cookies and I like to try all cookies.  This book was informational and explained many techniques.  I would recommend this book to anybody who bakes.
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Cookie BibleMy biggest take away from this boom are from her "Golden Rules@ section. Most books I glance over this info because it's always the same generic info. This section gave me better insight to why the ingredients are used for specific cookies. Cream of Tara, never knew why it needs for be used and only in a few recipes.  The descriptive section under each title is packed full of interesting info which gives you an insight to the recipe. Thus far my favorite recipe has been Cranberry Sconettes. They were bright and refreshing with the cranberry & lemon! The Cookie Bible isn't just cookies either as it includes bar, cake cookies and candies. Not the same old boring recipes. Each has a new take on an old classic. Many of these recipes I probably wouldn't have ever thought of making but this book sheds a different light on each recipe. Gotta grab this one!
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I'm a sucker for cookbooks and an avid baker and this book did not disappoint! I appreciated the author sharing all of her tips at the beginning about the best ingredients and methods to use. I loved the way the recipes were laid out. It makes it easier when you are in the middle of preparing or baking to go back and find exactly what you are looking for. There were some really delicious recipes in this book. A few of my favorites were the Cloud Nines, Muscovato Shortbread, Les Biarritz, Mrs. Swallows Perfect Lemon Cookies and Chocolate Sables. The pictures were beautiful. I can tell the author has put a lot of time and work into this cookbook. I found the recipes to be unique compared to other baking cookbooks I have purchased. Looking forward to picking up my copy when it's released. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Mariner Books for access to this ARC.
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I was lucky to review this cookie cookbook at the perfect time- the holiday season and I made the most of it. Beranbaum is so thorough in her research that it is a bit overwhelming but for those who want to make great cookies their is no denying her knowledge of cookies. I do not have a lot of fancy equipment and while some cookies really need a food processor,  many others are much simpler in their directions.  I would recommend reading the entire cookbook before undertaking a recipe because it gives you a real sense of Beranbaum’s knowledge and style. Her golden rules, baking gems and three methods for mixing dough help you establish which cookies you may or may not be able to make. She does use some equipment which the common cookie maker may not have, but may want to invest in after reading this delicious book. And the photos are beautiful ! I highly recommend the ginger snaps and the date crescents. Thank you #NetGalley and #MarinerBooks for the ARC of #TheCookieBible.
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Foodies and bakers everywhere have been cooking from iconic, bestselling author, Rose Levy Beranbaum’s fabulous cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, The Cookie Bible is amazing, and typical of this author. This excellent cookbook contains new cookie recipes, as well as most of the cookies from her previous cookbooks (Like a favorite, Rose’s Christmas Cookies). I have been following recipes from Beranbaum’s cookbooks for decades, and many of her recipes have become traditions in my home.

Just like her previous cookbooks, the recipes in this cookbook are written in a concise style that is easy to follow. The ingredients are presented in both metric and American measurements, so this cookbook can be easy for everyone. So far, I have never had a failure when using her recipes, and I know that is because Beranbaum has a chemistry background and uses it to make sure the recipes are perfect. Another plus to this and her previous cookbooks is that each recipe has introductory notes, some about the ingredients, some about the finished dish, and some with personal notes which gives us a glimpse into her personality.

The recipes in this cookbook are not only doable, but there are recipes to fill every baker’s needs, having enough variety to make everyone happy. This cookbook also has beautiful photographs of most of the recipes. If I were to rate this cookbook, it would be a perfect 10. This is highly recommended and should be on every cookbook shelf in every home. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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Loved this book! It is my new Cookie Bible! With over 400 recipes the book is divided into 7 different categories such as rolled by hand, shaped by hand, bar and cake cookies, and holiday cookies with a little extra special section filled with ganache, mousse, curds, and jams. The book is also very helpful as it gives tips and tricks to using the right ingredients and equipment with a mention of methods for mixing cookie dough which was super helpful as I tend to overmix dough in general. The caramel surprise snickerdoodles and churro nuggets are top on my list to try!

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book. I will definitely be recommending it to the bakers in my life.
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This is a great book for a beginner or master cookie baker.  As a lover of cook books, this is one that I will be adding to my collection.
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This is a cookie book for those looking for more interesting flavors and techniques along with tried and true favorites. The book starts with nice background info on baking cookies, equipment, and ingredients. Cookie recipes are separated into chapters by technique used - Rolled by Hand, Dropped or Piped, Shaped by Hand, Rolled and Cut, Holiday Cookie Cutouts, Bar and Cake Cookies, Meringues and Candies, and Extra Specials. Within those chapters are all sorts of flavors. 
Many but not all recipes include a full color photo. The recipes have a great layout, with important info easily found. They show oven temp, baking time, special equipment needed, ingredient lists (also with grams). The steps of the recipe call out with headings about preheating the oven, mise en place, making the dough, what to do to the dough, baking, cooling, and storage of finished cookies. The recipes also have "Baking Gems" - great little hints and tips specific to the recipe you're reading, and variations where applicable. I appreciate the amount of info in here but it may overwhelm less experienced bakers.
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This is a wonderful cookie cookbook!  So many cookie recipes.  The Christmas holidays are the perfect time of year to try out a new cookie cookbook.  There are all types of cookies included.  The cookbook has a nice introduction with tips on making the best cookies.  There is also a section about equipment and ingredients used for the recipes.  The cookbook has rolled and cut, piped, dropped, shaped, meringue, candies, bar and cake cookies, macaroons, marzipan, and holiday cookies.  All the cookies I made were delicious.  The recipes are precise and easy to follow.  Each recipe includes “Mise en place” which is the set up before you begin.  It tells you what you must gather together and do before you begin.  The Ingredients are given in units and metrics.  There are baking tips given with all recipes called “Baking Gems” which is a nice bonus.  There are pictures included with some cookie recipes.  I enjoyed making the cookies from this cookbook.  All the cookies I have made are delicious.  The only thing that would make this cookbook better would be a photo with each cookie recipe.  I look forward to making more cookies from this cookbook!  This is a definite cookie cookbook to add to your collection!  I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Mariner Books for an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.

This was the easiest to read cookbook I think I have ever read, and every dessert we made from it was delicious. We made 4 different treats: a non-bake bourbon ball, a “Christmas wreath” treat, Cloud 9 cookies, and peanut butter and chocolate chip shortbread. All of them came out delicious and nothing was too difficult to make, or even acquire the ingredients for (which hasn’t always been the case with some of the cookbooks I have had). I didn’t think it would be that easy to make shortbread, but I was so pleasantly surprised! Some of the instructions felt a bit overly complicated/specific, but everything came out delicious, so I am guessing there is a reason for it all. I do look forward to trying out more recipes and maybe even modifying them here and there to make them my own. Warning: the bourbon balls are no-bake, so the alcohol is potent; people were definitely feeling the effects as they kept eating them but they were enjoyed – the people eating them described them as feeling warm, which is fun since they were a cold treat. Highly recommend this with a warm beverage (or more bourbon!) 5/5
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This really is the cookie bible. Every single type of cookie I could imagine or remember- there is a version of it here. Sometimes in recipe books like this in striving to include every possible, there are a bunch of strange or odd recipes. This is not the case with the Cookie Bible, which reads more like every recipe your mom and grandma passed down to you, plus all the grandmothers of your friends, plus maybe 100 of the cookies you've liked at your local bakery. The recipes are incredibly clearly written, with weights as well as standard measures to make baking super fast and simple. The instructions are explicit and beautifully laid out, with clear instructions (including the mise en place and preheating- it would take effort to screw these up. I love the recipes, love the cookies, and love this book! Best of all are the loads of pictures so you can flip through and choose a recipe by image as well as name. Five stars.
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Wow! This cookbook has it all! I was honestly overwhelmed by the table of contents, because there are at least 150 recipes in this. There are all sorts too, just not your traditional chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles, but also treats like brownies and meringues. There is also a pretty detailed introduction with tips and information on things like equipment, which would be helpful for someone who doesn't bake often, but I can't help but wonder if it is just a little too much--I can't imagine anyone sitting down and flipping through the almost 20 pages of intro before getting to the recipes. It would be helpful to flip back to when you have a question, but it is a lot of prefix. One thing I found super fun was that most recipes include a section at the end with ideas on how to adjust/change your cookies (i.e. things you could replace certain ingredients with, tips on how to make the cookie crispier or softer, the best way to store different types of cookies, etc.)
All in all, I think that if one person were to just own one cookie (+bonus) cookbook, this would be a good one to have!
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First, thank you to #Netgalley, the author and Mariner Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

What is not to love about cookies.  There are a few authors whom I have followed devoutly (Perla Meyers, Dorie Greenspan) and of course Ms. Rose Levy Beranbaum.  This book can teach even the most shy baker (ME!).  I adored the Equipment and Ingredients list.  Trust me in no matter how skilled you are you will take away a lesson or two.

Some recipes will take time and patience and others are a spin off tradition.

I will try to update this as I test out some of the cookies.  Tis the season.  First up are Mom's Coconut Snowballs and the Turkish lime cookies.  I'm sure they are all Weight Watcher friendly HA!  

Photos appear lovely on the computer and of course with cookbooks I always crave more photos.  

I expect I will purchase the book when it is published.
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The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum is exactly what I hoped it would be.  Recipes for so many different cookies and types of cookies, and I love her exacting instructions.  This author is my go to for all types of desserts and I know I will be using this cookbook often.
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Long a fan of Rose Levy's other "Bibles," I was eager to get my eyes--and my kitchen--on this one. Most recipes are standards for cookie lovers, but recipes here are so precise and well written that they offer what can be considered no fail results, and there are plenty of tested variations to make things way more interesting. All recipes give both metric weights and standard "English" measurements. The first thing I tried was the Muscovado Shortbread Cookies for my shortbread loving grandson. This version, with brown sugar, had a luxurious complexity, totally consistent with the traditional versions using either powdered or granulated sugar--Levy's Scottish Shortbread, uses a combo of the 2 sugars, and is utter perfection. I baked it, too. My grandson adored the brown sugar version, but gobbled up both--he's an active teen, so the calories were no problem. My husband fell in love with Mom's Coconut Snowball Kisses, coconut macaroons with a little lemon juice added. Mexican Wedding Cakes are the ones both I and my daughter-in-law love best, so there's a box ready to take to her--minus the generous samples I "tested." There are simple cookies with only a few ingredients and little manipulation, and incredibly fancy ones that will take some work. I gravitate to the simple, but intend to try at least a few of the more complicated preparations, such as the Date Crescents, confident that they will turn out to be spectacular. This book practically guarantees perfect results for any cookie lover. Definitely belongs in every library collection and on the personal shelves of cookie lovers.
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This is a fantastic compendium of cookies recipes and absolutely met my very high expectations. I own Beranbaum's Pie & Pastry Bible. Readers familiar with her style of recipe development and very precise measurements and instructions will not be disappointed. 

I had the pleasure of baking several things from the book and they were quickly devoured by appreciative family and friends. For both beginners and expert bakers. 

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Galley.
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This is a beautiful cookbook. 
From simple drop cookies to fancy cookies, brownies, mini cheesecake, meringues, cookie bars, candies, toffee, marzipans, macaroons - it’s just filled with wonderful baked treats. The photography is excellent, with color pictures of party, elegant, and holiday cookies as well as many standards including Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin.

The recipes are clear and well organized. 
Excellent information and instructions are provided on preparation, weighing, mixing, baking, storing, etc. Several recipes also include ❤️ Baking Gems, helpful tips on making things easier and better. 

The layout of the book is also nice. The recipes are easily located by type of dessert and also by specific name. A short introduction with baking basics helps in getting organized for the baking adventure. A glossary of terms is also included.

The treats look delicious and make me want to try baking something a fancier. I’m no baker by any stretch, but this is a book I want to own and I am really excited about trying many of the wonderful recipes presented here. A very beautiful cookie book. Excellent book to own or to give as a gift to a baker friend.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Rose Levy Beranbaum, and Mariner Books and  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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I am a collector of quality cookbooks. I especially love the ones I can learn from. I am so impressed with the educational information contained within the chapter titles "Golden Rules for baking the best cookies". So far all the recipes I have made have turned out fabulous! I cannot wait until November 2022 to add this title to my personal cookbook collection. I also foresee a cookie baking library program coming next holiday season. This title will be a recommended part of the program!
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