Chewy Gooey

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Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy by Alice Medrich

We like to think of ourselves as equal opportunity eaters. But, man, do we have a soft (and chewy) spot for cookies, especially those in Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by the illustrious Alice Medrich.

The First Lady of Chocolate organizes her cookie recipes by texture (Why did no one think of this before?), so you can skip right to the stuff that makes you swoon: crispy, crunchy, chunky, chewy, gooey, flaky or melt-in-your-mouth. Or peruse the “Smart Search” index for wheat-free cookies, cookies with whole grains, and other categories that reflect her wide, inventive landscape.

Her take on the classics are all here, of course, from macarons to biscotti, from Florentines to tuiles. And like any classical artist, Medrich is also a master of improvisation. Crispy Crunchy Chewy Gooey leads us on such flavorscapades as basil butter cookies, aniseed and almond shortbread, spicy carrot masala macaroons and nutty cocoa cookie bark with Parmesan and sea salt.

Recipes are just the beginning. The book is packed with hard-won advice and techniques for realizing the perfect cookie as well as a compendium of key FAQs (e.g.: how soft is softened butter?). Read it from cover-to-cover, or just memorize Medrich’s five essential tips for cookie baking (hint: too much flour = cookie’s worst enemy) and trust her to lead you to the cookie of your dreams.

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