Now that it’s December, each day I can just hardly contain my enthusiasm for all of the things I want to bake and do before Christmas arrives!  So many treats to bake, presents to buy, decorating to do and GIVEAWAYS to host!!!

I have told you before that I am an absolute cookbook and cooking magazine junkie.  I subscribe to an embarrassing number of magazines and there are things I like and dislike about each of them.  One magazine in which I cannot find anything to dislike however is Fine Cooking.  Each issue is filled with fabulous photos, inspiring recipes and there are no ads!  So cover to cover, each page is filled with mouthwatering recipe ideas, new kitchen products and extremely helpful tips.

I flipped open the Holiday Baking book and was immediately impressed with explanations about which ingredients and methods serve which purpose in baking.  For example:

  • Did you know that the reason we cut butter into more delicate pastries is to coat the flour with fat so that less gluten is formed and thus the dough is not tough?
  • Or did you know that the reason we butter and flour pans when baking to prevent sticking is so that the proteins in the batter will not touch the side of the pan and therefore we will not end up with muffins half stuck to our pans?
  • Or did you know the ideal temperature for creaming butter is 68°?

I know, how have we lived our whole baking lives without fully understanding these concepts?!  These tidbits of useful information are, as I mentioned, one of the may reasons that I love Fine Cooking products.

I browsed through the Cookies book which is filled with Fine Cooking’s 200 favorite recipes and these little beauties are just one of the many temptations I encountered.

 

recipe to come….

So sweet teeth, in the spirit of Christmas, I am pleased to offer one lucky reader copies of all three books!  You not only get the Cookie book and the Holiday Baking Book, you also get the Appetizer book!  Will that make your holidays a little more merry and bright?  I hope so!


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27 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I own about 10 cookbooks.

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  2. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I think I have about 10-15 cookbooks!

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  3. Maureen (suburban Prep)
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    I have about 25 cookbooks.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

      Quite a collection! Thanks for entering!

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  4. Diana G
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    I have too many cookbooks to count actually. I collect them. I’m always looking for new and interesting things to make. thanks.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      If you have any favorites that you would recommend I would love to hear about them! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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  5. Amanda Thompson
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    I lost count after 200 :}

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

      Wow! You have quite a collection! Any favorites that you would like to recommend? Maybe this will help you add to it! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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  6. Dana
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    not enough

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

      This is a perfect way to add to your collection! Good luck!

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  7. Cassie
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I have so many cookbooks yet I still end up using the internet most of the time. I love food magazines though!

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

      Glad to hear you share my addiction 😉 !

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  8. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    I have WAY too many cookbooks! Maybe 40-50??

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  9. Savory Simple
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I easily own 50 cookbooks! It’s an addiction.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

      That makes me feel so much more normal! 🙂 Thanks for entering!

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  10. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    I own about 50 that I use on a regular basis, plus a few more that I’ve outgrown. I love cookbooks and magazines, as well. Fine Cooking is one of my favorites.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

      Glad to hear I am not alone in my obsession! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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  11. B.E. Pete
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    If you count all the magazine and newspaper clippings (I may have once torn one out of my dentist office’s magazine…) as mini cookbooks, then I have 15. These days, though, I prowl the internet for ideas and then add them to my master recipe book, which just gave me an idea for my next pinterest board….

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:03 am

      I know, I have so many clippings and it is so hard to keep them organized! Thanks for entering Bridget! We got your Christmas card yesterday-it is beautiful!

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  12. Margaret
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    Good question! I only own about 3 or 4, and none of them are absolute bibles for me… so I guess I have some work to do! 😉

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

      Well then it would be great to add these 3 cookbooks to your collection! Thanks for entering and good luck Margaret!

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  13. Stephanie
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    I am just starting to learn how to bake, but I have been steadily using 5 or 6 cookbooks.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

      That is great that you have taken an interest in baking! I hope you have fun with it! I know for me, it is a big stress reliever and creative outlet! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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  14. Claire
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    too many to count! over 10!

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

      That’s a great collection! Good luck and thanks for entering Claire!

      Reply

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