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COOKIES! by Lotta Nieminen


An Interactive Recipe Book

From the Cook in a Book series

illustrated by Lotta Nieminen

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7148-7773-0
Publisher: Phaidon

The Julia Child of the Cookie Monster set sallies into the kitchen afresh.

Returning to form after dishing up disappointing Tacos! (2017), Nieminen pictorially explains step by step how to make chocolate chip cookies, while Oshkosh-clad sous-chef readers can join in using the sturdy volume’s moving parts to rattle a sifter, add an egg and vanilla, fold ingredients until they blend, and pull a tray of sweet treats from the “oven.” A final platter with die-cut cookies to pry up helps bring the experience at least partway from the abstract realm to yummy reality. Now, on to the real ones! Though her art is so simplified that a ¾ cup pile of light brown sugar and ½ cup pile of granulated are the same size and the inclusion among the assembled ingredients of “2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted” probably should come with an advisory note, overall the (uncredited) recipe is feasible, not too fussy about measurements, and, with some attention, perfectly liable to produce the intended result: “Delicious!”

Say the words: “Warm…chocolate chip…cookie.” Oh, heaven.

(Informational novelty board book. 2-4)