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Whoopie Pies:
Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes!
By Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell; Photographs by Antonis Achilleos
ISBN: 0811874540
Publisher: Chronicle
Publication date: April 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Number of recipes: 50
List price: $16.95
Type: Desserts: Whoopie Pies
Sample recipe: Classic Chocolate Whoopie with Classic Marshmallow Filling
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all/mostly color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: Excuse me – a cookbook devoted solely to whoopie pies? If, like us and Henry Ford, you thought of a whoopie pie coming in any flavor, as long as it was chocolate cake with a marshmallow-cream filling, then, indeed, who would buy a whoopie pie cookbook? But if you are interested in learning how to make oatmeal, mocha, lemon, gluten-free, or jalapeño-cornbread whoopie pies, filled with honey buttercream, vegan vanilla, tiramisù cream, coconut cream, or rosewater cream filling, then perhaps you might be open to an entire book on the subject….

The book features more than 40 mix-and-match recipes, from the traditional and fairly traditional, such as red velvet and pumpkin with a tangy cream cheese filling, to the wacked-out nouveau, such as green tea, and oatmeal with, yes, maple-bacon buttercream. There is a little introductory material, some history (they're also known as gobs), equipment needed, storage ideas, and decorating tips, but mostly it's recipes.

By the way, the cover is padded a little bit, to remind you of whoopie pies.


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