“Wait, you can make marshmallows?” That’s how our current Book of the Month, Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever, begins. How does it end? Very happily, with a container full of homemade marshmallows. If you are a connoisseur of the fluffy sweets, then you must pick up this book!
Every time a coworker saw this book sitting on my desk, they said, “Oooh, the cover is puffy!” Yes, indeed! No cuteness is spared in the design of this book. The cover leaves no mystery as to what you’ll find inside. You’ll want to know not only how in the world to make your own marshmallows, but how to get them to look as adorable as the purple swirlies, pink flowers, and rainbow cubes featured on the front.
This is a well laid-out cookbook with beautiful color pictures, easy-to-follow directions, and thorough background information. The recipes range from sugary and fruity flavored treats to “grown up” flavored snacks like margarita and pineapple-rosemary.
To test this cookbook, we had a mini ‘mallow match of our own — ‘March-mallow Madness’ — in the office. Stylist Annie made the book’s Minty Mallow Cookie Sandwiches (wow), Test Engineer Caitlin made the Birthday Cake Marshmallows (adorably delicious), and I made the Deeply Chocolate Marshmallows (yum). Each of us agreed that the recipes were much easier to produce than we expected. Since they weren’t so difficult, it was easy to make ‘em look real purdy!
Top to bottom: Minty Mallow Cookie Sandwiches, Birthday Cake ‘mallows, and the Deeply Chocolate ‘mallows.
While it was a close competition, the winner of our office ‘March-mallow Madness’ came out to be Caitlin’s rendition of the Birthday Cake Marshmallow, pictured in the center, above!
Want a shot at winning a copy of Marshmallow Madness? Leave a comment below in response to this month’s discussion topic:
If you participated in a food competition, what would be your winning dish?
- You have until Thursday, March 29, 2012, to participate.
- Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on March 29 will not be counted into the giveaway.
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