The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook, Olivia Hops

Besides reading as much as humanly possible, trying feverishly to complete my publishing program and write a lot, every once in a while, I like to try out DIY projects. I too, have been lured in by those fabulous Pinterest sirens. There were the glitter shoes (cracked and never recovered), the countless recipes that festered in my crock pot and the knitting projects that just…never happened (because who really has time to knit? Okay, someone out there does. It’s just not me right now. Props to you, knitters of the inter web. I salute you with my non-callused fingers and my long-forgotten knitting needles lying somewhere, someplace in my house).

Since it’s that time of year where Pinterest is exploding with awesome super-mom lunches and costumes that look like they cost a million bucks (but apparently only cost pennies), for the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring some cool DIY books.

This week’s review is for The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook by Olivia Hops. It’s a fun DIY cookbook that will have you drooling for more…

Clean Layout, Pretty Pictures

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from The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook, 2018.

Aside from the actual recipes, which are excellent and worth checking out, the actual book is well-organized, with sections for how to make “safe-to-eat” cookie dough and desserts that include various cookie dough recipes. I also appreciated the introduction, which told the story of how Olivia Hops came to invent her delicious recipes and start up her business as well as the beautifully stylized pictures.

How Much Do You Love Cookie Dough?

I was honestly on the fence about the whole edible cookie dough fad before reading this book. Sure, I like to sneak a bite of raw cookie dough while mixing up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, but with the wild assortment of flavours you can find in Hops’ new cookbook, it elevates edible cookie dough to a whole other level. My favourite? The Key Lime Pie flavoured dough. (If you’re looking for a sample recipe of Olivia Hops fantastic creations, The Washington Post recently published her famous recipe for MONSTER Cookie Dough.)

Overall, I’d classify The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook as a DIY DO!

 

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Love Letters to Jane’s World, by Paige Braddock

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I really should read the newspapers more, if only because I might have discovered Jane’s World sooner. (Granted, I was just a kid when Paige Braddock’s iconic LGBTQA comic became popular). Love Letters to Jane’s World is a compilation of the “best” of the comic series and it also features letters from Braddock’s fans. While I may have been too young to be a fan in the early days, I certainly am now!

 

Quirky Jane

Jane’s storylines are fun to read, because her character has such a wild imagination. While there is the tension/love-connection between Chelle and Jane, I also appreciated her wackier storylines, where Jane gets abducted by aliens or dreams that she is on an island of Amazons. The dialogue is witty and the storylines were quick-paced enough to keep me flipping pages.

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The “Best” of Jane’s World

While this compilation won’t give you an all-access pass to all of the moments from Jane’s World, it does sample a lot of great moments from the beginning, middle and later parts of the series. It was interesting to watch Jane and the world that she lives in change across the panels, and it made me want to read more. Some of the transitions between panels were a bit abrupt, which for an uninitiated Jane’s World first-time reader was confusing, but the actual stories were excellent.

 

 

 

Give this collection a try if you’re looking for a quick read with some lovable characters.