When I say that I read a lot of cookbooks, I mean it. I collect cookbooks and love giving them as gifts because that means I get to spend a couple of hours browsing the cookbook section at my local bookstore. Let me just say that I’ve already bought another copy of Charmian Christie’s The Messy Baker (author of the blog of the same name) that I plan on giving to someone for Christmas. It’s quickly become a go-to cookbook in my kitchen, and by that I mean I can’t stop eating (or making) these Double-Stuff Über-Oreo Cookies.
The book is broken up into chapters in a unique and quirky way, instead of your typical sections we find the chapters titled “flaky”, “crumbly” and “smudgy” to name a few. While at first I didn’t find this to be incredibly intuitive, it has made thumbing through the book to be quite fun. You never know what you are going to find! There is also a great index at the back making it easy to find your favourite recipes. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this cookbook included both savoury and sweet items, everything from a roasted butternut squash and sage tart to deep dark cherry and chipotle brownies. I know, isn’t your mouth water just thinking about them? One of my favourite sections of the book has to be the “demystifying pastry” section because I am completely terrified of pastry, having had some epic fails over the years. With Charmian’s warm voice, I’m now feeling more confident and equipped to tackle her “No-fail pastry”.
The book is packed with amazing sounding recipes that it was difficult to choose which one I wanted to make. Of course, I opted for a childhood favourite, Charmian’s Double-Stuff Über-Oreo Cookies. Which are completely delicious and better than I ever thought possible. Whip up a batch of these this week, you won’t regret it.
A bunch of us bloggers have gotten together for a #MessyBakerMonday, where we’re all sharing recipes from The Messy Baker – check them out:
Jenny – Whiskey-Kissed Pecan Pie with Boozy Brown Sugar Whipped Cream (giveaway)
Robyn – Blueberry Lime Cornmeal Muffins
Brittany – Lemon Macaroon Meringues
Rhonda – Ginger Vanilla Scones
Heather – Piglet Muffins
Jan – Chili Cheese Twists
Mardi – Profiteroles (giveaway)
Jennifer – Stuffed Tomato Foccacia
Stephanie – Smoked Paprika Corn Fritters
Christina – Savoury Pecan Cheddar Bites
Valerie – Welsh Griddle Cakes
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of The Messy Baker by HarperCollins to review, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for supporting Living Lou.
Recipe from The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie ©2014. Published by HarperCollins Canada. All rights reserved.