… feeling like you weigh 500 pounds after reading a cookbook? The Daily Cookie by Anna Ginsberg has 365 cookie recipes, one cookie recipe for each day of the year. Ok, so you’re not going to make a batch of cookies everyday unless you’re planning to send them to our troops overseas or hosting a super gigantic family reunion. If you make a batch of cookies every three weeks, it will take you about twenty-one years to get through this book.
Start out with reading the basic how- to’s, and what kind of equipment and ingredients to use. January1 tells you in a little side blurb that it is New Year’s Day and that Pomegranate Swirl Cheesecake Bars are a favorite on this day. If you celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday on January 8, you’ve got to try Peanut Browned Butter Banana Bacon Cookies. Sounds slightly disgusting, but the ingredients make sense. On January 13, the side blurb tells you it’s International Skeptics Day and that Sweet-&-Salty Corn Chip Candy would taste just fine. I made it, and it is yummy.
You can’t go wrong on April 30 if you make Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies as it’s National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Since everyone likes junk food, why not try Double Trouble Chocolate & Potato Chip Cookies on July 21 which just happens to be National Junk Food Day. (If you’re a junk food junkie like me, why wait until July 21? You can eat these every day!) You don’t have to be Polish to enjoy Polish Kolaczki on National Polka Day which is August 9, because it’s also National Book Lover’s Day too. These are good anytime of the year and a personal favorite of mine. Did you know that October 17 is Wear Something Gaudy Day? Why not try the Colorful Confetti Cookies! Do you feel like a dictator? Well, Start Your Own Country Day is November 22 and Cranberry, White Chip & Ginger Cookie Bark will have your subjects eating out of your hand.
Needless to say, this is the only cookie cookbook that you will ever need! If the recipes don’t tempt you the pictures will. The side blurbs are interesting bits of trivia. Happy baking (and eating)!
Reviewed by Terry (staff)