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Cookbook Review: Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu

Must-Read: Field Guide to Cookies

If you're completely over the cupcake craze but looking for other sweet entertaining ideas for Spring, consider the Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable ($10.87). Authored by Bay Area pastry veteran Anita Chu, the guide packs an impressive amount of information on the world's cookies into a rather teensy tome. Find out if this book would be a good match for you when you



  • Comprehensive notes include background information and history of each cookie, serving suggestions, and icons that indicate tools needed.
  • Nice balance of traditional favorites — such as gingersnaps, whoopie pies, and snickerdoodles — as well as ethnic favorites (Chinese almond cookies, baklava, lebkuchen, and stroopwafels).
  • Reasonably priced, durable paperback edition is practical and portable.


  • Book feels small; tight binding makes it hard to keep book open on desired page.
  • The book didn't include instructional shots of baking techniques — only photos of finished cookies.

Recipes: The book has over 100 recipes for occasions throughout the year. A few that called my name:

  • Italian Easter cookies
  • French macaroons
  • Greek butter cookies
  • Buttercream thumbprints
  • Ladyfingers
  • Springerle
  • Pfeffernüsse

Imagery: Every cookie is photographed in a full-color photo index, so readers know exactly what to expect.

Overall Rating: This inexpensive cookie index contains something to please everybody, and its readable format makes it a great cookbook for cookie fanatics. If you don't have a cookbook stand, however, be prepared to be frustrated trying to stay on one page.




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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This looks awesome!
Food Food 7 years
Maddi Maye: I just wrote this up a few weeks ago!
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 7 years
Im always looking for new picture filled dessert cookbooks And its only $10.87? Count me in! Does anyone have any more dessert cookbook suggestions?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ooh, I would love to have this book! I LOVE baking cookies and I'm always looking for good cookie recipes.
Food Food 7 years
I actually think it would be fine for beginners — my biggest issue was getting it to stay on one page! If you have a recipe stand, though, you'll be fine.
onion-waffle onion-waffle 7 years
I should probably add that I do bake and cook a lot, so maybe that's why I don't feel the need for extra instructional images, etc. That said, I agree with Yum. This may not be the best book for beginners. But hey, it's so damn cute!
onion-waffle onion-waffle 7 years
I have this book! It's so great! It literally is a field guide... SO MANY RECIPES!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love dessert cookbooks, but maybe the cons here are outweighing the pros for me. ...thanks for the review
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