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Mom's big book of baking : 200 simple, foolproof recipes for delicious family treats to get you through every birthday party, class picnic, potluck bake sale, holiday, and no-school day
Chattman, Lauren.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Harvard Common Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
ix, 358 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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TX763 .C49 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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200 recipes tailor-made for today's extremely busy mom.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

If a family requires more than just cookies to satisfy its sweet tooth, Mom's Big Book of Baking will satisfy a broader range of urges. Lauren Chattman presents pancake and muffin recipes with a wide range of flavors and textures. Coconut-Ginger Blondies bring respite from the usual chocolate versions, and lemon cream scones appeal to a more sophisticated palate. There's even a Quiche Lorraine recipe for the snacker looking for savory relief from repeated sweets. To increase the volume's utility, Chattman explicitly notes which of these recipes are suitable for teaching youngsters basic kitchen techniques. Those who want to avoid consuming big, heavy desserts can still find satisfaction for their sugar appetites with small portions of particularly well made sweetmeats.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Author of the highly successful dessert cookbook Instant Gratification, Chattman now offers her skills as a mother as well as pastry chef. The book covers baking from pancakes, waffles and muffins through cookies and cakes to pies and breads. The recipes are clearly written and prefaced with short descriptions and notes. Many of the recipes offer tips on ingredients, variations and how and when to involve children. The Instant Homemade Microwave Brownies, recommended for kids seven and older to help in the baking fall well within their capabilities, although she suggests, "The dish will be hot... so removing it from the microwave should be mom's job." Her use of butter as the fat of choice, while not for cholesterol watchers, makes the recipes rich and inviting, particularly when she pairs it with the large quantity of blueberries in Best Blueberry Muffins to give a very berry satisfying result. One or two recipes, such as the Sprinkle Cookies, are slightly disappointing, although the description did prove to be accurate, as her daughter says, that "these taste like cupcakes." However, with such a wide variety of baked goods and the effortlessness needed to produce good results, this book will be a solid bake book for the busy mom, particularly one who wishes to involve her children. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Chattman, author of Instant Gratification and Just Add Water, is known for her quick and easy recipes. Although she has worked as a pastry chef, the desserts in her new baking book are in that same style, just the thing for busy moms (and dads). The cookie chapter is, logically enough, the biggest one, but there are also dozens of recipes for birthday and other cakes; pies, tarts, and cobblers; and muffins, quick breads, and pizzas. There's even a breakfast chapter, with treats like Chocolate Milk Pancakes and Gingerbread Waffles. Recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.