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Pure Vanilla

Poor Vanilla—her sexy sister Chocolate gets all the attention! But now Quirk is giving this unappreciated spice the complete makeover it deserves. Pure Vanilla is a gorgeous cookbook celebrating the world’s most heavenly and ambrosial flavor.

Chapters cover topics like:

  • Breakfasts: Buttery Baked Vanilla French Toast, Vanilla Candied Bacon, and Honey-Vanilla Granola Clusters
  • Cakes and Pies: Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes, Vanilla Cloud Cake, and Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Pie
  • Cookies and Bars: Vanilla Snaps, Big Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies, and Tuxedo-Crème Cookie Sandwiches
  • Candies and Confections: from Classic Vanilla Marshmallows to Vanilla Nougat Candy Bar Bites
  • Custards and Creams: Vanilla Panna Cotta, Classic Vanilla Pudding, and Nutty Vanilla Spread (aka Vanilla Nutella!)
  • Drinks like Vanilla Martinis, Vanilla Milkshakes, and Vanilla Mojitos

… and much, much more!

SHAUNA SEVER is the author of Marshmallow Madness! (Quirk, 2011). She writes the popular dessert blog Piece of Cake and is a host and reporter for food-related television, including “The Best of the Bay” for KRON4 in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Huffington Post Food, Working Mother, Food52, and more. She also runs Bake Sale Bakery, a dessert catering business in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and daughter

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The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook

Food blogger Lindsay Landis has invented the perfect cookie dough. It tastes great. It’s egg free (and thus safe to eat raw). You can whip it up in minutes. And, best of all, you can use it to make dozens of delicious cookie dough creations, from cakes, custards, and pies to candies, brownies, and even granola bars. Included are recipes for indulgent breakfasts (cookie dough doughnuts!), frozen treats (cookie dough Popsicles!), and outrageous snacks (cookie dough eggrolls! cookie dough fudge! cookie dough pizza!).

The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook features clear instructions and dozens of decadent full-color photographs. If you’ve ever been caught with a finger in the mixing bowl, then this is the book for you!

Lindsay Landis is a graphic designer/small-business owner by day and a food blogger/cookie dough addict by night. She is the author of the popular food blog Love and Olive Oil, and lives in Nashville with her husband, Taylor, and their three crazy cats.

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Marshmallow Madness!

If you’ve never tasted a fresh, homemade marshmallow, are you in for a treat! Marshmallow Madness! shows how to whip up dozens of fluffy, puffy flavors—from Strawberry and Vanilla to Buttered Rum, Root Beer Float, Maple Bacon, and more. Author Shauna Sever also includes easy recipes for homemade graham crackers, drinks for mallow dunking, and a host of irresistible desserts, including Lemon Dream Whoopie Pies, Blonde Rocky Road, and S’mores Cupcakes.

Shauna Sever is the voice of the popular blog Piece of Cake and is a host and reporter for food-related television. She also runs Bake Sale Bakery, a dessert catering business in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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The Cookiepedia

Trendy cupcakes may come and go, but C is for Cookie—and that’s good enough for us! If you miss the days when snacks were simple and handmade, you’ll love this homespun encyclopedia of cookies. Full of hand-drawn illustrations and gorgeous photographs, The Cookiepedia features recipes for everything from Amaretti and Almond Crescents to Gingersnaps, Rugelach, Snickerdoodles, and dozens of other favorites—more than 50 recipes in all.

With a lovely lie-flat binding and a delightfully whimsical design, The Cookiepedia will be a trusted companion for a new generation of bakers.Trendy cupcakes may come and go, but C is for Cookie-and that's good enough for us! If you miss the days when snacks were simple and handmade, you'll love this homespun encyclopedia of cookies. Full of hand-drawn illustrations and gorgeous photographs, The Cookiepedia features recipes for everything from Amaretti and Almond Crescents to Gingersnaps, Rugelach, Snickerdoodles, and dozens of other favorites-more than 50 recipes in all. With a lovely lie-flat binding and a delightfully whimsical design, The Cookiepedia will be a trusted companion for a new generation of bakers.

Stacy Adimando lives in Brooklyn and is the current deputy lifestyle editor or Everyday with Rachael Ray. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and weekly contributor to Serious Eats.

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Little Old Lady Recipes

Celebrity chefs? Exotic ingredients? Immersion blenders? Who needs 'em?!? Little Old Lady Recipes honors the extraordinary women who create pot luck dinners, church socials, wedding banquets, and the best desserts you've ever tasted. Every page features their simple, no-frills recipes for pot roast, meat loaf, dumplings, corn bread, fried chicken, bundt cake, and other mouth-watering favorites-along with gorgeous photography of the chefs at work and generous portions of their kitchen table wisdom ("Butter comes from a cow. Tell me where the heck margarine comes from, and then maybe I'll eat it!").

These Little Old Lady Recipes are simple, delicious, and ridiculously cheap and easy to make. So ditch the food processor, stop wasting money on overpriced organic frozen dinners, and start enjoying the 70 classic dishes, plus variations, that our aunties and grandmothers have made for generations!

Meg Favreau is a food writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. Someday she'll have a backyard raspberry garden like her grandmother had. Michael Reali is a photographer based in Philadelphia. In developing this project, he has helped many a little old lady cross the street.

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Little Old Lady Recipes

Celebrity chefs? Exotic ingredients? Immersion blenders? Who needs 'em?!? Little Old Lady Recipes honors the extraordinary women who create pot luck dinners, church socials, wedding banquets, and the best desserts you've ever tasted. Every page features their simple, no-frills recipes for pot roast, meat loaf, dumplings, corn bread, fried chicken, bundt cake, and other mouth-watering favorites-along with gorgeous photography of the chefs at work and generous portions of their kitchen table wisdom ("Butter comes from a cow. Tell me where the heck margarine comes from, and then maybe I'll eat it!").

These Little Old Lady Recipes are simple, delicious, and ridiculously cheap and easy to make. So ditch the food processor, stop wasting money on overpriced organic frozen dinners, and start enjoying the 70 classic dishes, plus variations, that our aunties and grandmothers have made for generations!

Meg Favreau is a food writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. Someday she'll have a backyard raspberry garden like her grandmother had. Michael Reali is a photographer based in Philadelphia. In developing this project, he has helped many a little old lady cross the street.

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