The Cookie Sutra (September 15, 2005)
by Dean Tudor
The Cookie Sutra (Workman, 2005; distr. by T. Allen, 60 pages, ISBN 0-7611-3809-9, $11.95 paper covers) is by the pseudonymous Edward Jaye, an advertising executive. I really don't know what to say about this book except to say that I love it! Imagine (well, don't bother: they are pictured) gingerbread people in Kama Sutra positions. You can bake them in forms (you do the forms, there is a recipe at the end of the book). The section on getting ready includes such double entendre passages as the dough needing time to rise, tough cookies needing a good milk bath, there's much massaging and kneading, embracing and wrapping around a rolling pin. You get the picture. There's an explanation of four different kisses (moderate, contracted, pressed and soft). These are important forms of communication, since gingerbread cookies aren't especially big on vocabulary. Postures include "classic" (gee, I didn't know that one existed; it's new to me!), sheep's, splitting bamboo, pair of tongs, snake trap, wife of Indra, plus twelve "advanced" postures. Illustrated with photos of constructed and decorated gingerbread people. An early Valentine's Day gift.
Audience and level of use: The curious, gift book for the foodie who loves to play with food.
Some interesting or unusual recipes: Just one recipe for gingerbread people. It's the forms that matter.
What I don't like about this book: The French leaves are not attractive on a book this small. I guess French letters would be out of the question.
What I do like about this book: Its uniqueness. Not for the faint at heart.
Quality/Price Ratio: This gets an X rating (sorry, Tom).