Comments: Did we know there were so many gingerbread sweets that you could write a whole book about them? No, we did not. Pastry Chef Jennifer Lindner McGlinn has been saving gingerbread recipes since her childhood, though, and came up with enough and to spare.
Her book starts with an introduction to gingerbread (who knew there were gingerbread guilds in Europe?), and follows with whole chapters on cakes; cookies; "desserts" (puddings, pies, trifles, tortes, a Bûche de Noël, etc.); ice creams and confections; "Gingerbread for Breakfast" (pancakes, waffles, scones, doughnuts, etc.); gingerbread houses (complete instructions as well as designs for a church and Betsy Ross' House); ending with a chapter of accompaniments, including glazes, icings, and sauces.
The publisher makes the argument that gingerbread should not be viewed as only a holiday food, and with the variety of recipes in this book, it will be an easy matter to indulge your gingerbread tooth through the year.
We found the line length of the head notes that precede each recipe to be so long that it was hard for our eyes to confidently make the jump from one line to the next, causing us to skip a line here and there or read the same line twice. Otherwise it's a beautiful book.