This was the month that I almost did not do a cookbook of the month. As I had mentioned at the first part of June I wanted to feature cookbooks that were more ‘summer friendly’. I thought of a crockpot cookbook, a drink/smooth cookbook, a sandwich/salad cookbook, or even a cookbook full of no bake desserts. Back in May I started to look for these books. I finally found a crockpot cookbook I wanted to feature but I am waiting for it to be shipped to me. I then thought a salad cookbook would be great because of all the fresh fruits and veggies that are in season this time of year. I looked and looked and didn’t find any that got my appetite agoin’.
I then saw a beautiful drink/smooth cookbook at the bookstore (after my umpteenth trip there, not that I am complaining…I love the bookstore). I got the book home and was so excited to start making some fresh and refreshing drinks when I realized my blender is broken. : ( So I have to go buy a new one but because I have been soooo busy ‘playing’ (and working) this summer I haven’t had time to go shop around for a new one. So hopefully I can feature that book next month.
Well after all this (and some complaining from Eric that I haven’t made him any sweet treats lately) I settled on this Hershey’s Cookbook I received a few months ago from a friend. Now while the majority of the recipes in this book do require an oven for baking, there are a couple no bake desserts. I also chose this cookbook because although the majority of the recipes are desserts there is a section in this cookbook titled “Cocoa in Cooking and Baking” and features several main entrees and appetizers that use cocoa or chocolate in it. I thought this would be fun and interesting (not to mention give me some protein and actual meals) instead of trying to eat 5 desserts in just a few short days since the month of June is quickly coming to an end.
I like the set up of this cookbook. It is in a nice 3 ring-binder that opens easily so you could remove the recipe if you wanted or you could leave them in there and the books lays flat. This book is broken down into the following sections:
-Brownies, Bars and Cookies
-Cakes and Cheesecakes
-Pies and Desserts
-Cocoa in Cooking and Baking
Since this is a Hershey’s book each recipe does call for a Hershey brand product (you had to expect that). I also loved that not all the recipes are chocolate (what you might expect from a book titled “Hershey”). AND again I also like that it is not all about cakes, cookies, and brownies (not that all those things aren’t bad… your talking to a girl with a major sweet tooth… but it was a nice surprise to see some breakfast treats and some hearty entrees and scrumptious appetizers too).
So stay tuned tomorrow to see how things go with this last minute cookbook of the month.