Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Cookbook Review

A few weeks ago Michel-lee from Whipping Up Something Good hosted a cookbook swap. And you know how I like my cookbooks (scroll all the way down to the very bottom of this blog!) so I opted in. It really was a no brainer for me :-) Thank you Michel-lee for hosting this fun swap!

I was partnered up with Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie and I was thrilled by this because she's a fellow Cake Slice Baker so I knew she liked sweets as much as I do. She chose for me Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O'Connor. Now I have to say that I've seen this book around before but it's not one that I've ever really looked through. I never browsed through it because of the title. Now most people would be in Heaven with all things sticky, chewy, messy and gooey, but in my mind all I could think of was a messy kitchen and sticky hands. Very bad for an OCD person like me :-)

But I have to say that I was really impressed by this book. Sure some of the recipes can be sticky and messy but I think that's part of the presentation, they don't have to be. And it's not like you're eating risotto rice pudding with your fingers! The layout of this book is cute and somewhat frilly but the pictures are nice and crisp. There are personal little stories that accompany the recipes as well as helpful tips. Not every recipe has a picture and not every recipe appeals to me but that's the same for most cookbooks.

I guess what I'm saying is that I think Leslie's choice was perfect for me! There are so many different recipes in this book from Banana Bread Pudding, Grown Up S'mores, Sticky Biscuits to Caramel Butter Bars, Coconut Milk-Cream Cheese Flan and Grapefruit-Tangerine Mousse With Phyllo Ruffles. Lots of yummies in here! If you know someone who likes these types of recipes, then this book might be for them.

**All photos are borrowed from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey**

Thank you Michel-lee and Leslie! I know what my first recipe from this book wil be, but you'll have to wait for that one!

19 comments:

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

what a fun swap!

Tia said...

I love this idea! I hope I get to do a cookbook swap sometime!

Memória said...

These desserts sound amazing!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!

oneordinaryday said...

You're a tease! ; ) Can't wait to see what you bake. I see this cookbook around often, but I haven't really picked it up either. I guess because of the title I thought it was more geared to kid desserts.

Debbie said...

I am just drooling over these photos. I am a dessert person and it will be fun to see what you make....

New England Girl said...

Mmmm! Looks like my kind of cookbook. :)

April said...

I have this book and I love it! I have only made a couple of things from it, and both have turned out fantastic!

What a fun swap!!

Michel-lee said...

What an appealing title. The cover just makes me drool. Can't wait to read what you make from it. Thanks so much for swapping.

Smitten Sugar said...

I am with you, I have seen this cookbook around but really it just made me imagine a crazy busy kitchen. So glad you liked it and now I might have to pick it up and see what might strike my fancy!

Mini Baker said...

what a fun idea!
and these desserts look AMAZING!
-Mini B.

OvenDelights said...

Pics look so yummy!I'm positive you will enjoy your book! I noticed you have Julia's cookbook. I just saw the movie last weekend, and loved it! I'm curious about the cookbook.I'm going to try to make it to the library as soon as I get the chance, would like to review it before I buy it. Are the recipes complicated?

Lori said...

Hmm. I always wanted to check out this book.

Mary said...

Your pictures look wonderful. You've made me want to get my hands on that book. This is my first visit to your blog. It is lovely and I'll be back often. I have to see what the first cake will be.:-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Kathleen said...

Great idea to have a swap! This looks like a great book for me. I'm putting it on my wish list!

Leslie Limon said...

I'm so glad that you liked your book! I loved mine too and finally posted about it!

http://www.lacocinadeleslie.com/2010/04/cookbook-swap.html

Katie said...

What a great idea - the book looks a gorgeous one. I've seen it around on blogs but never seen any of the pics before. They look divine. Love the look of the sticky biscuits and the tall chocolate cake.

Allie said...

What a fun swap! Stop by my blog I have an award waiting for you. :)

Patti said...

What a great book! I'm all for Ooey Gooey! I'm going to have to see if I can find that book, it just looks to good to resist! I too love cookbooks! I'm not even going to say how many I have for fear someone would have me committed. LOL

Laura said...

for me it's the little bits of information shared with recipes that makes cook books so enjoyable

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