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I Promise I Won’t Let Being Called a “Cookie Savant” Go To My Head

Here’s the amazing, fabulous, blush-inducing review of Dorie’s Cookies from Publisher’s Weekly.  I’m not sure how a cookie savant behaves, but I’ll try not to be too obnoxious about it.


Greenspan, the IACP and James Beard award–winning chef and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, admits in the introduction to her latest book that she has wanted to create an all-cookie cookbook since she wrote her first book in 1991. It may have taken Greenspan a while to finally give fans the gift of an all-cookie cookbook, but it was worth the wait, as it encompasses all of her influences over the years: the techniques and flavors learned at Julia Child’s side, years working with Parisian pâtissier Pierre Hermé, and recipes from the pop-up shop she and her son ran. Fans of Greenspan’s other cookbooks will be pleased by the variety of recipes, including old favorites such as the World Peace Cookie. There are elaborate sandwich cookies, humble drop cookies, and revisions of chocolate chip cookies. A chapter devoted to savory cookies offers, among other unexpected treats, honey–blue cheese madeleines and spicy togarashi meringues. Unexpected and magnificent-sounding creations such as a Thanksgiving bar, made with homemade cranberry jam and fresh raspberries sandwiched between a crust made from cocoa-walnut shortbread remind readers that Greenspan is, let’s say it, the cookie savant of our time. Recipes in the book, as always the case with Greenspan’s recipes, are thorough enough to allow an unsure baker to find success. Accomplished bakers will be challenged and inspired by the breadth of recipes and the many suggestions Greenspan offers throughout the book to modify recipes. This is a cookbook to read, bake, and eat your way through. (Oct. 25)

Dorie Greenspan


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  1. I received a pre-order receipt for my birthday and I am looking forward to the delivery. I will be making those Thanksgiving Bars for my holiday table. I hope this cookbook goes into the rotation at Tuesdays with Dorie!

    1. Diane, I think that Tuesdays with Dorie has some plans for this book. Let’s see what happens. I love that my book is going to be your birthday present. Hope it makes your birthday even sweeter.

  2. I am salivating over the picture for this post! What cookie is it and will it be in your book? Looks similar to an almond cookie I have tried from King Arthur Flour. Can’t wait for the book to be released!

    1. The cookie in the picture is the Moroccan Semolina and Almond Cookie, sometimes adorably called ‘Smiles’. Thanks for your enthusiasm – it’s so appreciated.

  3. […] Speaking of how my cookies look compared to the photo accompanying a recipe: In my last post about Moroccan semolina and almond cookies, I noted that my cookies did not look like those in the photo that accompanied the New York Times’ recipe. They do, however, look like the cookies in the photo that accompanies the source recipe: Greenspan’s cookie book! You can see the photo that Greenspan uses in her book here. […]