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Nov 25, 2006 01:52 AM

Complaint re December 2006 Cookbook of Month - D. Greenspan

I have a pretty big complaint about the Greenspan baking book. I have searched my local libraries and have found that ALL of them have waiting lines (SF was, I think, 17 people) and it is quite expensive. I can't afford to pay big bucks for a baking cookbook unless I really know it's great and have tried it. Since I can't get my hands on a copy, and since there seem to be NO online recipes, even from her earlier books (unlike Nigella and Wolfert and Oliver, et al), I'm going to have to bow out of the competition.

Unless I can sneak into a bookstore, peruse the book and then copy down a recipe without being seen..... I give up.

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  1. I got my copy from Jessica's biscuit for about 22-25 dollars.

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    1. re: Becca Porter

      Mine came from Amazon amd was not excessive. I bought 3, 1 for me and 2 as gifts.

    2. The recipe that I'm going to use I found on-line (For Blondies) Dorie also was on NPR quite a bit this past week and they posted a couple of her recipes from the book:

      White out Cake:

      I dunno if these were in the book, but they look just WONDERFUL!! :) Especially if you want to experiment and make Marshmellows!

      I admit, I'm the biggest internet recipe fiend. I find the BEST source are usually Newspapers (That is where I found mine) and News orgs (like NPR) since they typically do stories where they just so HAPPEN to highlight a new cookbook. And in return they are allowed to post up recipes for their audience. ;)

      Hope this helps Joan!!


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      1. re: Dommy

        I believe there is a mistake in the recipe for marshmallows, both in the book and on the NPR website. The recipe calls for 1 1/4 c. + 1 Tbl. of sugar, but the instructions never tell you when to add the 1 Tbl. I'm pretty sure it's to the egg whites, because they'd never get glossy without it.

      2. Thanks Dommy. I had Googled D.G. and could find no recipes at all. I balk at paying $25+ for a cookbook I don't think I'd use all that much. I'm excited at trying some stuff but am not really anxious to own a whole book on baking.

        I also don't think I'll ever try to make marshmallows as I don't like them at all --- unless they're toasted over a campfire.

        Again, thanks for the lings and I'll try again online. I actually did find a recipe, but it was from her Parisian pastries-type cookbook.

        Just looked at your links and found that I might try the chocolate cake with a different filling/frosting. The autumn cake looks great as well.

        See, no matter what they say WHINING WORKS!

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        1. re: oakjoan

          You are welcome. I admit, I do have good searching skills as I used to work as a Science Library Librarian's Research Assistant and thanks to the world of bloggers... They can "paraphrase" for me... Here's a bunch more recipes DIRECTLY from the book..


          Oh, and there is always the saying "The squeaky wheel gets to the grease!" ;



          1. re: Dommy

            Very impressive research skills, Dommy! Can you give us recipe-loving hounds a couple of pointers on how you found so many recipes? Did you use any particular search engines, or some other technique?

            1. re: pilinut

              The best thing to do when looking for recipes from a specific book, is put the book title in quotes "Your Cookbook" This will limit the search to only that specific cookbook, then add the REQUIREMENT of Recipe (so search for "Your Cooking Book" +Recipe) this will clear away just any reference of the book that is for sale (There are TONS of these because amazon links are everywhere).

              Then when you get the results, look for the sources to be blogs, newspapers and food specific websites. Odds are they will have a recipe...

              I use Yahoo mostly, but Google is fine too...


        2. Global Gourmet usually has a short article and links to recipes. I made the wonderful pumpkin pie from this link. The French Lemon Cream Tart sounds so good too.

          1. How about if someone scanned the recipes and then emailed them to you? Everyone on this thread is very friendly.