Monday, March 31, 2014

(Product Review) Just Desserts Kindle Edition by Kemberlee Shortland

I am always looking for new and different kinds of foods to make, and decided to order a a few recipe eBooks. One of the ones I chose was Just Desserts Kindle Edition by Kemberlee Shortland because I was getting a bit tired of always making the same desserts for my family.

The cover pictures of the eBook caught my interest and I had hopes of new and different dessert ideas. I will admit that there were some recipes for things I hadn't thought of making, but there were also many that I was already making from very similar recipes. Additionally, there were a lot of mixed drink recipes included which can be either a pro or con depending on what you are looking for. I am personally not opposed to the drink recipes and found a few of them to be ones I might try one of these days, but for now was only looking for desserts. Even so, there were enough recipes that I would like to try to make it a worthwhile book, although I think that it would be more suited to readers who did not already have a lot of recipes at their disposal.

Perhaps I'm just a bit fussy, but there were a few things that bothered me about this book. First was recipe or two which were nearly identical. One example is a recipe for "Little Round Balls," where there is a contributor's note stating that these are known by many names, including "Mexican Wedding Cookies," which is another recipe included further into the book. Looking over the introduction to the book, it is clear that the recipes were contributed from several sources, so unless the person making the final edits was aware of the various names for this recipe, it might not be easily caught. Another issue which can also be attributed to multiple contributors is the fact that throughout the recipes, various names are used for the same ingredients. In one recipe it states that confectioners sugar is also known as icing sugar and powdered sugar, but some recipes simply ask for one or another of these types of sugars. An experienced baker might know that these are all the same thing, however a less experienced cook would likely be confused by the non-standard terminology.

Despite these minor issues, I still found that the eBook might be worthwhile to some who have less recipes on hand, because there are enough recipes which might easily be something worth making. Some sounded good, others not so much, but that is simply a matter of taste. There were also a good amount of illustrations, which I like seeing in a recipe book.

Altogether, I think this eBook was worth more than the price I paid. I was offered the eBook for free in exchange for an honest review. When I tried to order it, I found that I had already gotten the book for free in the past and it was waiting for me to get around to reading it. All thoughts and opinions on the products I review are my own and are never influenced by any discounts or samples I may receive.

You can find my review of this product on Amazon here.


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