am 18. August 1999
I am a lousy cook, and I don't really enjoy the whole process. But Maida Heatter's Cookies is like being coached by the most patient grandmother in the world. Not only are the cookies delicious, but the writing is so supportive, I feel that none of the recipes are beyond my ability. When I'm in the mood to bake, I always go here, and my only concern is whether I have the ingredients, never whether I have the expertise. One note to cooks like me: many recipes call for parchment paper, which I'm sure is wonderful but since I don't have any I don't bother and they all seem to come out just fine. In short, I highly recommend this book, and regularly give it as gifts, to rave reviews.
am 8. April 1999
Maida's recipes are wonderful. However, the editors did a poor job of putting the cookbook together. I was excited to see sugar cookies listed under the "Drop Cookie" chapter (Finally - an easy sugar cookie!). However, when I turned to the recipe I discovered that it was a rolled cookie. Upon further investigation I discovered about 20 recipes in the wrong sections. Since the recipes are reprints, the editors didn't really have anything to do except sort the recipes. It was disappointing that they didn't take the time to do a decent job.
am 23. Januar 2000
These cookie recipes give a detailed description of the final product, which more than makes up for no pictures. The Savannah Chewies and Oatmeal/Coconut drop cookies are some of the best cookies I've ever tasted, and they're as easy to make as chocolate chip cookies. I enjoyed just flipping through all of the recipes and had a hard time deciding where to start. I give this book two thumbs up!