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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Marshmallow Madness Cookbook by Shauna Sever: Chef Jeff Reviews

Marshmallow Madness
by Shauna Sever
Photography by Leigh Beish
Quirk Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-59474-572-0
Buy From Indigo

Description: If youve never tasted a fresh, homemade marshmallow, are you in for a treat! Marshmallow Madness! shows how to whip up dozens of fluffy, puffy flavorsfrom 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 Smores Cupcakes

The Good Stuff
  •  Great idea having the puffy cover for the cookbook - really adds to the overall enjoyment of the book
  • Original idea 
  • Fantastic for bringing unique housewarming treats (Wife says also fab for wowing authors, publishing and twitter pals -- not to mention sugar happy co-workers)
  • Lots of unique and unusual recipes for different occasions
  • Quite a few different tastes and textures
  • The introduction is extremely helpful (MUST READ BEFORE STARTING ANY OF THE RECIPES), interesting and highly entertaining - it really gets you in the mood to experiment and have fun
  • Wife and I had a great time on a rainy February afternoon trying out the different treats  - 10 yr old even helped
  • Fun change of pace from cookies, fudge and chocolate - it will impress friends and family
  • From our experience we really recommend you put all your ingredients/tools together before you start your recipe as many steps really must be done quickly.
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Should be a disclaimer - Don't try to make the recipes before you read the introduction
  • Another good suggestion would be mentioning if you don't have a stand mixer (must get one soon) that it would be extremely beneficial to have two people working together to make these.  Wife made two batches by herself and was a wee bit stressed while doing it but when we worked together it was so much smoother and she didn't get all snappy or depressed afterwards (yes readers he says crap like this all the time, and no I have not killed him yet - though tempting I tell you)
  • Once you have tasted one of these homemade marshmallows -- you will never ever want to have a bagged one again!
Favorite Recipes
  • Cookies n' Cream Marshmallows
  • Concord Grape Marshmallows
  • Margarita Marshmallows (Get yourself a good lime juice though!)
  • Sea Salt Caramel Swirl Marshmallows
  • Mallow Cones (Wife gave these to Anne Rice)
Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  •  I would recommend this to anyone who knows their way around a kitchen and who doesn't get intimidated easily (what he really is saying is not for my wife LOL!)
  • Definitely for the more experience cook/baker - although my wife did get a hang of it pretty quickly
  • If you are going to make these recipes all the time -- trust us -- buy a stand up mixer - our really good hand held one took a beating and probably will never be the same again
4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
Ingredients for Margarita Marshmallows

Don't look as good as picture -- but still taste good (use a good fresh lime though - it makes a huge difference)

Lindsey took above pic for me - Thanks cannot believe I forgot to take picture

1 comment:

  1. Im in it for the lovely arrangement. I would like to grab a copy of this pastry book.