Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cookbook Review: Muffins from A to Z

Muffins from A to Z by Marie Simmons is a specialty cookbook and probably not needed by everyone. However, if you're at all into making muffins, this is the cookbook for you! Every muffin recipe is delicious and most are unique. Many are packed with extra fruit, vegetables, or nuts, and many can be easily made with part whole wheat flour since there is plenty of spice and other flavor. The muffins range from decadent Devil's Food Chocolate Chip Muffins to delicate Lemon-Drizzled Lemon Muffins to savory Zucchini Romano Muffins to homey Molasses Bran Muffins (and there's lots more!). The Nantucket Morning Glory Muffins and the Vagabond Muffins are some of our favorites for hearty, filling muffins.

This cookbook also provides great instruction for the art of mixing muffin batter--a skill that is simple, but important to master. Pictures accompany the recipes; no nutritional information is provided. There are 40 recipes in all; I have tried 24 recipes and loved them all. Wow! I still have more to try. The problem is, I keep coming back to the ones I've already tried because I enjoy them so much. Mmmm Toasted Almond and Apricot... Christmas Muffins (with cranberries and pistachios)... Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins.... time to get baking!

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