Cookbook Reviews

Homemade Green Tea Kit Kat Bars

POST UPDATE: I’m so happy to announce the Peko Peko Cookbook is finally available for sale!

Today I wanted to give you a sneak peak at a very special project a few bloggers and I have been working on.

The project is a Japanese and Japanese-inspired charity cookbook with close to 50 family friendly recipes published by Blurb and 100% of the profits will be donated to charity relief efforts in Japan.

The title of our cookbook is Peko Peko: A Charity Cookbook for Japan. “Peko peko” is a common way children say, “I’m hungry!” in Japan.

The project is being lead by three very talented food bloggers; Stacie Billis of One Hungry Mama, Rachael Hutchings of La Fuji Mama, and Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes.

The image you see above is my humble contribution to the cookbook, homemade green tea kit kat bars and a glimpse of one of the close to 50 family friendly recipes you’ll find in this very special cookbook.

If you’ed like to learn more about our cookbook, contributors, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit


Cake Boss - Buddy Valastro

About a month ago, TLC sent me a copy of Buddy’s new book Cake Boss – Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia”.

Being a huge fan of Buddy and wanting to learn more about his story and how he eventually became the “Cake Boss”, I began reading it immediately. Well, from the moment I picked up his book and started reading, I didn’t want to put it down.



Honey Crisp Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Somethings don’t need much explaining…



Apple Tatin Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ve been reading Chef Migoya’s new cookbook Frozen Desserts for some time now and I have to say I am completely blown away by it. And this by the way has nothing to do with the fact that ice cream happens to be my favorite dessert! 😉

This book is truly a masterpiece, some serious time and thought went into the making of this book. I’ve learned so much thanks to the level of detail found in each of the topics discussed and the easy to read explanations. (I’m completely smitten with it.)

As a starting point Chef Migoya takes us through a brief history of frozen desserts. He then moves on to ingredients and the chemistry behind each in relation to frozen desserts.



Baking Unplugged

September 1, 2010

in Cookbook Reviews

by Nicole Rees, published by Wiley, 2009

Most of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I bake and blog because I love it, however what brings home the bacon is my very cool job at Now, Product Managers at the office are always receiving the latest video games, electronic gadgets, etc to review. Us on the tech side well, we have to wait to see if we find any treasures (a very rare occurrence) in the “Free Stuff” box in the lunch room. 😀

So, I thought hmm… I don’t think it would hurt to ask if I could help review some cookbooks. I worked up the courage and told one of my co-workers I was looking to add a cookbook review section to my blog and wanted to know if she could put me in touch with a publisher for some material for me to review.

Fast forward a week or two and guess what? A nice hefty box arrived at the office with some true gems…

The very first book I pulled out of the box was Baking Unplugged, honestly I hadn’t heard about this book nor had I seen it while browsing through the book store. Have I been living under a rock? :(
Hungry for more Baking Unplugged…?

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