Book Release Party!

November 19th, 2008


Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind it's been! I can't believe that it was just over a year ago that I started writing this book called Field Guide to Cookies, and now it's actually on bookshelves in actual bookstores! Yesterday, I was at my workplace and co-workers kept coming by with copies of my book for me to sign! You should realize that it's an engineering office, not a bakery or restaurant, so to see my book all over the desks of my co-workers was rather surreal – and very touching.

Life right now is rather surreal in general – not just because my book is really, finally out, but because all the ways my life is currently changed by it. I've been doing interviews for publications, trying to set up other promotional events, and, oh, there is this other little thing called my second book that I'm also working on! That leaves about zero time for this blog, so I really have to thank all my lovely blog hosts, who have gone above and beyond to write thoughtful and beautiful posts about their experiences with my book. They are doing a spectacular job putting my book in the spotlight, when I haven't had time to talk about it as much as I would have liked on this site. I am very lucky to have such great friends! I hope all of you are enjoying the posts as well, and also exploring their own amazing blogs!

Now, lest you think I'm getting a big head and getting carried away with delusions of grandeur, it's not like that at all. Even though there are so many great things happening right now, what I really wish I could do is just sit and absorb the moment, and capture it to savor in memory. It's like all the best, most precious moments in life, right? The first time you see a rainbow. The day you graduated from high school. Your first kiss. The first snow of winter. Your wedding day. Moments that always flit by so fast like butterflies winging towards the past, all the more precious in retrospect, because of course they never ever last long enough.

So all I'm trying to do is to take a breath, and see past all the other craziness filling my life, and just really, really appreciate this time. An acquaintance said that sometimes, when it feels like universe has decided to smile on you, you should acknowledge it – don't ever take it for granted. And I don't. So thank you, universe! Thank you for giving me with this wonderful experience. And thank you to every single one of you out there who has sent so much positive energy my way. I'll treasure this time forever.

I wish all of you could have come to my book release party last Saturday – it was an shockingly balmy November day in San Francisco, a record breaking 75 degrees. What winter, I say? And what better way to celebrate than with a little party?

Tante Marie's Cooking School, where the party took place. Very fitting, since this was the place where I took my first footsteps into pastry! Thanks to my brother-in-law Doug who took all the photos for this post – I was in such a tizzy the day of the party I forgot my camera at home! At any rate, I was entirely occupied with talking to everyone during the event to even think of taking pictures, so thanks Doug!


You can see some of the cookies that the talented professional pastry class baked for all the guests. I was so worried that we would run out of cookies, but fortunately there was plenty to go around! I felt very nostalgic wandering around the kitchen where I had learned pastry for six months. It was also a thrill to talk to the pastry students – one of them told me she had been inspired by my blog when she went to pastry school; a little intimidating and flattering all at once!

This is me with Mary Risley, the owner of Tante Marie's Cooking School, who graciously let me host the party at the school  I also want to thank chef Greg Mindel, the current instructor for the professional pastry program, and the professional pastry class for helping bake all those delicious cookies and making the party a success! I'm sorry I didn't get a picture with all of your guys – if you all have a photo of your class taken I'll gladly put it up!


Finally, as promised, to commemorate the official publication of Field Guide to Cookies, I am giving away a copy of my book to one lucky reader! To enter, simply post a comment to this entry with your favorite cookie. I'll hold a random drawing and announce the winner next week. Good luck!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour as well – there's two more days, finishing with Bea and Peabody. After this week things will be slowly going back to normal, and I'll be back with some non-cookie related posts (finally!) Thanks for sticking around!


170 Comments so far ↓

  • Ellen M. #1


    I’ve loved following your blog and the adventure of your cookbook. Congrats on all that tasty work paying off!

  • Rosa #2

    Wow, that must be so exciting!



  • Sara #3

    ooooh, my favorite cookie…i would have to say it’s springerlies which is the christmas cookie my grandma always used to make when i was a kid. now my aunt makes them and mails them out to the family and they are SO good!

  • Eleanor #4

    Anzacs biscuits and Scotch Fingers are my favourites!!!

    Oooh madelines with a fruit dip.. Hadn’t thought of that… Must go and try now!!!

    Do you post internationally?

  • clumbsycookie #5

    I’m sure that was a fun party! I wish I could have tasted all those cookies! Asking me what’s my favourite cookie is like asking a mom to chose her favourite child, ahahah! Maybe my’s gradma’s lard cookies…

  • Anne-Laure #6

    My favorite cookies are the Linzer cookies, with their delicious ingredients and their taste of Christmas…

  • Kelli #7

    My favorite cookie is a really good quality shortbread or sandie. I just can’t get over how they seem to literally melt in your mouth!

  • Mary Corbet #8

    Congrats on your book release! I like giving books to the kids at Christmas – mostly, cook books or craft-related books… so this year, I’ll definitely add the Field Guide to my list!

    Good luck on your second book!!

  • Dani #9

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

    My fave cookie would have to be a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie. It is comforting, delicious, and brings back so many good memories :)

    Congrats again!

  • Eugenia Cuñado #10

    ¡¡Hello Anita!!!
    I love your blog and I love cookies.
    I prefer the ones with chocolate chips….but every cookie in the world is delicious for me.
    ¡¡¡Congratulations for your book!!!…It seems to be lovely !!!

  • Alexandra Livingston #11

    “Chocolate Shortbread Nuggets” are to die for–congrats on your great book party! I love your blog!

  • Alexandra Livingston #12

    “Chocolate Shortbread Cookies” are to die for! Congrats on your successful book party, and on your mini-stardom! I love your blog!

  • Judith #13

    Hurrah! I’ve been enjoying the book “tour” on the blogs; don’t worry about being a little absent here. It’s an exciting time for you! My favourite cookie would have to be the classic chocolate chip, though I like it best with toffee bits.

  • Eugenia Cuñado #14

    ¡¡Hello Anita!!!
    I love your blog and I love cookies.
    I prefer the ones with chocolate chips….but every cookie in the world is delicious for me.
    ¡¡¡Congratulations for your book!!!…It seems to be lovely !!!

  • Amy #15

    Congratulations on your first book! I hope you get to savor the process.

    My old favorite cookie is a white choc chip-macadamia.

  • patsyk #16

    That is really so exciting and the party looks like it was a perfect way to launch your book! I only discovered your blog a few days ago, but am going to go back and read some of your earlier posts soon.

    Favorite cookie? I’m all about chocolate, so I’d say it would be a triple chocolate cookie!

  • Lakshmi #17

    I have been following the book reviews on various blogs, and looks like you have really covered the breadth and depth of the subject… Am sure the book will do very well… Congrats…

  • kathy #18

    Anita – Many sincere wishes for a wonderful start with your newly founded success! I have already bought the book, and should be receiving it from Amazon any day. Again, my personal best regards.

  • Jen #19

    I pick Dark Chocolate Crinkles as my favorite! Your book looks wonderful – you should be very proud.

  • Darla #20

    I would love to win a copy of your book–Congratulations by the way!! My favorite cookie is chocolate chip with pecans!

  • Margaret #21

    Yay!!! Congratulations, Anita!

  • Merav #22

    Ooh I would LOVE to win your book!
    I think chewy molasses cookies are my favorite! So soft and reminiscent of fall.

    Congrats on all your successes!!!

  • bakingoncloud9 #23

    Hi, congrats on your release of your first book! I can feel your satisfaction, and u seems to be bouncing and dancing happily like a litte girl in the first pix! Wonder whether i can get it at our local bookstore (Singapore)?

  • RuthWells #24

    Congratulations! I’m a brand new reader, but a very devoted baker. Your book looks like a lot of fun!

  • KristinaYellow #25

    My favorite cookie? Hmmm…I’d have to say good old chocolate chip–although it has to be somewhat soft, with nuts, and just slightly browned. Of course, I go crazy for EL Fudge’s and Hydrox on occasion…but for homemade it’s chocolate chip all the way :) Congrats on the book-can’t wait to get baking from it!

  • RuthWells #26

    Oops, I forgot the rules — my favorite cookie is a French macaron. Yum.

  • RuthWells #27

    Sorry, I’m having computer gremlins — my favorite cookies are macarons!

  • Michelle #28

    Congratulations on your book!! I have to say that my favorite cookie has to be a chocolate chip…but I like a peanut butter chocolate chip also.

  • Lezel #29

    Congratulations…I’ve enjoyed the blog interviews, what a wonderful idea! Our favorite cookie this time of year as to be gingersnaps, or a soft molasses cookie! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book!

  • michelle #30

    Medovnicky – it’s a Slavic cookie I always had with my Grandmother. We would pick them up from the Hungarian nuns’ bake sale. Their hard icing was my favorite to bite off and let it melt away on my tongue.

    Congrats on your book – cookies are the best and most under-rated pastry in my opinion!

  • Liz #31

    Can’t wait to see the book – looks great! Favorite cookie is a tough one…..has to be white chocolate macadamia nut, nice and chewy with big chocolatey chunks.

  • Maria #32

    I am so proud of you!!! I can’t wait to get your book. I have read the reviews and even tried a recipe…so great!!! I think you are the best!!!
    My favorite cookie is the classic chocolate chip..soft and chewy!!!

  • Bea #33

    Hi Anita!!! I just received this morning my copy of your book that I bought from Amazon last week….I could only telephone my friend (she has bought it too)to tell her in excitement…. that we do not have to buy another cookie book ever!!! as everything is here!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and I wish you all the best,,,, cannot wait to try your recipes!!! Regards, B

  • Susan #34

    75 degrees in San Francisco? That is balmy for Nov!!! I have to agree with some of the other comments; an inner-chewy, crispy-edged chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of milk is my favorite any day. But, of the sampling of recipes on your book blog tour, the chocolate crinkles look divine! Congrats on the book publishing, too.

  • Garrett #35

    Chocolate chip or gingerbread. Hands down. Congrats on the book!!!

  • Cate #36

    Congratulations on the release of your book. I would be so happy to win one. In the meantime, I will be keeping an eye out for it up here in Canada and let the word out to my friends (hmmm just in time for Christmas too). I love all cookies, but I think my favorite is, dare I say it, Oreo cookie without the filling. I also love fortune cookies. I’ve never had a pizzelle, but I have a feeling that I would fall in love with it too.

    I also want to add that I absolutely love your blog.

  • Serena #37

    Oh hey, congrats! Just found out about your book and your blog through Cannelle et Vanille. :)

    My favorite cookies are “Baci di Dama”, don’t know if you know them? They’re Italian baked goods…sort of like sandwich almond cookies filled with chocolate? If the dough is right and it’s baked correctly, they melt in your mouth! Delicious

  • Serena #38

    PS: Baci di dama = Lady’s kisses. Forgot to mention that. Sorry

  • Holly #39

    I love oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies. Congrats on the release of your first book.

  • Deanna #40


    My favorite cookie is a slightly soft (but not too soft), slightly chewy, strongly spiced gingerbread cookie. YUM!

  • sandhya #41

    Congrats on your book… My favourite cookie is mexican wedding cookie.

  • My Sweet & Saucy #42

    What a fun party! You definitely deserve it!

  • Angela #43

    Congratulations, Anita! I can’t wait to get hold of a copy–it’s on my Christmas wishlist–and start baking my way through it :)

    My favourite cookie is a dark chocolate macaron, although it could be argued that that’s a dessert rather than a cookie!!

  • Sarah #44

    Congratulations on so much success! My favorite cookies are oatmeal (no raisins).

  • Tanya #45

    My favorite cookies are Russian Tea Cakes.

  • Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy #46

    I had a great time participating on the blog tour and I loved your book. I can’t wait to see what your next project is and hopefully I’ll get to be a part of that book tour, too! :)

  • Agawa #47

    Congratulations on your book! My favorite cookies… I would say ginger cookies but I love sables as well.

  • Jenny #48

    Yay!!! So glad your book’s going so well, Anita!

    My favorite cookie….oh my. I’m not sure how one decides. I guess when it comes to homemade, I’d say either the regular old chocolate chip cookie or white chocolate chip with cranberries. YUM.

  • Janet #49

    Congratulations on the book. Thanks for having such an interesting blog.
    My favorite cookie is the classic chocolate chip cookies and lately I have been partial to the NYT version, but I am always up for trying a different recipe.

  • Cathy-wheresmydamnanswer #50

    Congratulations that is so exciting!! I am still old fashioned when it comes to cookies – I am all about chocolate chip!!

  • Dana McCauley #51

    Looks like fun! Congrats.

  • Collette #52

    I tend to go on “cookie runs” (I don’t get the cookie runs, I go on them!) and bake the same cookie for several weeks running. My current favorite cookie is salted oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies. Oh, yum. (Damn it, I think I’m headed back to the kitchen!)

  • Gem #53

    My favourite would have to be the lebkuchen, a German spiced cookie that always reminds me of christmas

  • Hannah #54

    Congratulations, I’m so happy to see your book on the shelves!

    It’s really hard to choose, but at least one of my favorite cookies would have to be chocolate chip. Seriously, who -doesn’t- have a soft spot for them? :)

  • christina #55

    Congrats on the new book!
    My favorite cookie would have to be gingersnaps!

  • Anna #56

    I want your book so so so so bad!! I remember when I first saw your blog I was really amazed by all the delicous food pictures and captivating writing. But I was also kinda mad because you were so darn stinkin talented. =_= Congradulations though!! Can’t wait to see the next book!!

    My favorite cookie is the Girl Scout’s Samoas. Because it has chocolate and caramel and it’s crunchy but also kind of chewy. :>

  • ScriptorSenex #57

    Well Done. And good luck with book 2. For me it’s shortbread – no contest! But if I made them all I might have other ideas (and a wealth of cookie experience).

  • Helen #58

    I love sugar cookies. So simple, but the texture has to be just right — crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

  • jasmine #59

    mine are oatmeal raisin – am still searching the the perfect recipe!

  • Skippy #60

    I am always fascinated by brownies. So simple, so wonderful, and so easy to make badly. Fortunately, I always can find willing tasters to aid me in my quest to make the perfect brownie…

    Congratulations, Anita!

  • ketty #61

    Congratulations on your book, Anita! All the cookies are wonderful!! My friends love them;the first batch was gone in 5 minutes. They’re all a sweet treat!

    My favorite cookie is the gingerbread! It reminds me of the time when my mother and I would together bake gingerbread cookies during Christmas and decorate them with white icing! The smell of the spices are just wonderful, and the cookie itself is delicious!

  • javapot #62

    I’m new to your blog. Firstly congratulations, secondly I look forward to the second book. How amazing!
    Anyway, I hope you will have time to answer my query. I tried your recipe posted by Ari on gingersnaps. I liked it but am wondering whether you could explain why I couldn’t get the random nice cracks on my snaps? Tks, would really appreciate learning where I went wrong.

  • jellieo #63

    Congratulations on launching your first book! How exciting for you and for us. I cannot resist a chance to win your cute cookie book. This was hard, but I have to say that my all time favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie. Boring, I know, but there’s nothing like one that can ease a hard day or can make me smile when biting into a freshly baked, warm, still soft, chocolately cookie.

  • Fuji Mama #64

    My favorite cookies are lebkuchen because my grandmother (who’s a German immigrant) would make a trip to Germany almost every Thanksgiving and bring back a ton of them to share for Christmas. To me they taste like memories. Mmmm…

  • Ana #65

    mazeltov on your book- it’s quite an accomplishment.

    picking a single favorite cookie is really tough. i try to keep at least three different ones in the freezer at all times so i can grab whatever suits my mood that day. but if i could only have one, it would be this delicate, citrusy yuzu wafer cookie that i was addicted to baking for a few years. it goes so well with tea…hmm, might have to break that recipe out again. i haven’t made them in ages.

  • Chris #66

    Thanks for the chance! My favorite are chocolate macaroons with coconut filling

  • Jessica "Su Good Sweets" #67

    I wish I could have gone to your party. My favorite cookie is Alice Medrich’s Beacon Hill cookies. It’s lot so chocolate held together by a smidgen of beaten egg whites.

  • Amber #68

    What a wonderful experience for you. Enjoy it as much as you can, you are deserving of all good that comes to you, for you are a child of God.
    I found you from Helen and she painted a nice image of you. She was quite correct. I wish I had known earlier, I am only about an hour and a half from SF.
    If you get to Napa, go to ABC Alexis Baking Company. Great breakfasts, but, try their lemon iced cookies. Then figure out how to make them. Then invite me over to share. Okay. I will be on the lookout for your book. And I hope it make you filthy stinking rich too.

  • Amber #69

    What a wonderful experience for you. Enjoy it as much as you can, you are deserving of all good that comes to you, for you are a child of God.
    I found you from Helen and she painted a nice image of you. She was quite correct. I wish I had known earlier, I am only about an hour and a half from SF.
    If you get to Napa, go to ABC Alexis Baking Company. Great breakfasts, but, try their lemon iced cookies. Then figure out how to make them. Then invite me over to share. They are my favorite cookie ever.
    Okay. I will be on the lookout for your book. And I hope it makes you filthy stinking rich too.

  • Nirmala #70

    Congrats Anita! And I am already in love with that book. My favorite is the crinkles which I made yesterday and my kids simply loved it!

  • Anu #71

    Hi Anita.. congratulations on your firs book… I am a fairly new reader (about a month old), but I love your bog & I am really excited about the “field guide” :-)
    I love the good ‘ol chocolate chip cookie.. its so good on its own, but still provide a great canvas for experimenting with unusual combinations like paprika, chile or even Chambord for that matter.

  • Ron Merlin #72

    My favorite cookie is one called Cookie in a cookie….

    Here’s the recipe from my blog:

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  • Beth #73

    Looks like an awesome book…I’m putting it on my Christmas list!

    My favorite cookie is a gingerbread cookie.

  • T #74

    Hi Anita,

    Congratulations again on your book…wish I could’ve been at the release party! I really enjoyed the blog tour. All the posts were wonderfully written, and the cookies were showcased beautifully.

    My favorite cookie is chocolate chip with nuts…crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. =)

  • carla #75

    Congratulations for your book release!!
    I don’t remember I came across your blog tour but I find it is a very good idea!!
    I look every day on the tour and on monday I have try to buy your book here in Italy and what the big surprise? I find it!!!But I must to wait until monday 24 November!

  • Marilyn Evans #76

    Congratulations!!! My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. Sometimes with oatmeal.

  • Jaimes #77

    Your book is amazing; I’m sure of it. You, and it, look/are adorable. :-)

    Love your blog; I’ll definitely pick up your book here in Vancouver (I hope), and congratulations on your second!

    My favourite cookie is the palmier….mmmmmm! *drool*

  • RecipeGirl #78

    Many congrats- such an amazing time for you. I’m so very excited to get this book, either through your contest or on my own!

    Fave cookie: Snickerdoodles… always has been!

  • Asianmommy #79

    Congrats! How exciting! My favorite is the sugar cookie. BTW, cute dress!

  • Adi #80

    Congratulatuions on your book!
    My favorite is French macarons, hands down!

  • ssommerville #81

    My favourite cookie is Lebkuchen. Love them!
    Congratulations on your book, it looks fantastic!

  • jen #82

    A really well made chocolate chip cookie just can’t be beat.

  • kayenne #83

    Chocolate Espresso Cookies! Which I’ve already made and was a hit with the family! The aroma during baking, the fudgy texture… especially wonderful when I kept half of the dough to bake the next day! Tasted much much better – there was almost a toffee-like flavor around the edges!

    I’m waiting for my order of praline paste and see about adding some or swapping out the espresso on my next batch! YUMM~!

  • Alessia #84

    Wow, Anita, congrats!
    As for me, I’m a shortbread kind of girl :)
    To me shortbread is like a Chanel suit: fine for all occasions, always in style, always classy!

  • Sil BsAs #85

    Congrats!!!!!!!! I’m copying the recipes other bloggers are posting till I can get the book!!!
    oh, my favourites would be chocolate crinkles

  • Chloe #86


    My favourite cookie is the baci di dama, ladies’ kisses, a delicate cookie originating in Piedmont (apparently)! I have no claims to Italianness, but these delicate, hazelnutty, shortbready cookies, sandwiched with dark chocolate, are like a sophisticated way to showcase Nutella’s flavour in one bite…

  • Sonia #87

    Warm, chewy, semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies with walnuts fresh from the oven.

  • Shari #88

    Congratulations! You must be so proud!

  • Brenda #89

    My favorite cookie is Oatmeal Raisin..
    thanks for the chance to win your lovely book..

  • Alison #90

    Congrats! Excellent book!

  • shalum #91

    hi! congratulations to the book, and it’s great that youire sharing to one of us! here goes… my favorite cookies are oatmeal cookies!

  • cookienurse #92

    Congratulations on a huge achievement! Dreams do come true!!
    Thanks for your blog and sharing…
    I love any cookie that has chocolate and peanuts.. I’m sure I’ll find more gems in your book to enjoy!

  • cookienurse #93

    Congratulations on your book…dreams do come true! I love anything with chocolate and peanuts…I’m sure your book has many other gems I would enjoy!

  • Tori #94

    My favourite cookie is the classic chocolate chip cookie. mmmm.

    Congrats by the way!

  • Ash #95

    I love peanut butter cookies.

  • Verena #96

    Congratulations once again, Anita. You definitely deserve a lil’ break to appreciate all you have and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

    Kudos to you! :D

  • Christy #97

    Anita, once again congratulations!! I’ve been following your blog tour, and so far my fave is the indian almond cookies which Helen—so few ingredients and yet they look so amazing!!

    Really great job on the book; I hope I’ll get the chance of getting it at Borders here… And congratulations again on your second book!! You must be living out your dreams!!

  • Mrs Singh #98

    Congratulations……your smile says it all!I am a new reader, came on to your Blog today, saw your date of posting -it was on my 59th Birthday! I love baking anything sweet,so this book would be ideal for baking for my three grandsons! My favourite- anything with Chocolate, so it would be a Chewy Chocolate Chip.
    All the best in your newly founded success. Regards from Malaysia

  • snooky doodle #99

    wow glad you had such a huge success with your book. but its obvious when something its good its popular, :) my favourite cookie are the turtle bars . oh they re out of this world. I m buying your book for christmas as a present from me to me ha :) it will be the best present Hope it will arrive by Christmas though

  • chef sheree #100

    Chocolate covered coconut macaroon. Congratulations on all your hard work.

  • Kelly #101

    Your book looks awesome….it is going on my Christmas list for sure!

  • bethany #102

    I can’t WAIT to get this book! Congrats, how exciting for you!

    My favorite cookie…hmmm…it’s a toss-up between Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal Butterscotch. Yum.

  • AnneStrawberry #103

    Congrats on the book! It looks like a wonderful party and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book.

    My favorite cookies are Molasses Crinkles (or Chocolate chip… just can’t get enough of those!) :)

  • Meryl #104

    Many many congratulations!

  • Jessica #105

    Congratulations! I am sure you really deserve it!

    I would love for you to be apart of the Truant Magazine blog if you were interested. We are looking for guest contributors starting at the beginning of the year..let me know

  • Gaye Marie #106

    Your beautiful book is the perfect Christmas gift for my lovely daughter in law! We love to bake together at every opportunity – and this will send her to the moon with joy! My favorite – difficult choice – but today, I will say, the Madeleine! Thanks!

  • Marisa #107

    I’ve never commented on your blog but i’ve been a reader for quite some time. Congratulations on everything that’s been going on! I walked into Strand, a book store in NYC the other day and say your book sitting there, I got so excited!

    As for my favorite cookie, I’d have to say i’m simple and I go for oatmeal raisins!

  • jan sanderson #108

    chocolate chip…. no doubt about it.

  • Beth Saboe #109

    If I could pick only one cookie as a “favorite” it would have to be my mother-in-law’s apricot cookies. There’s TWO tablespoons of vanilla in those; I can’t say whether or not that’s the reason they are so addictive – perhaps. At a family gathering,they moved a plate of those cookies away — I had been eating more than my share apparently. ;) Beth

  • Maya #110

    oatmeal chocolate chip!

  • sonia #111

    Congratulations!!! I love your blog. My favorite cookies are macaroons of all sorts.

  • Liat #112

    Congrats on the release of your new book! I’ve been following the blog tour daily – what a brilliant idea!

    As for my favorite cookie, it’s gotta be maamoul – a middle eastern cookie filled with nuts or dates and sprinkled with icing sugar. I’ve been known to inhale these by the dozens :)

  • Maryann S #113

    Congratulations on your new book! I love your recipes and ideas.

  • Carolyn Jung #114

    Sorry to have missed the party, and well, noshing on all those spectacular cookies, as well. It looks like your book was unveiled with unbridled sweet wishes. I hope to see it on the NY Times Best-Seller list soon. Congrats!

  • Mary Ellen #115

    One of my favorites is the pizzelle. I love making and sharing them. Congrats on the book!

  • Jackie #116

    Congrats……. on your book. Your book look wonderful.
    My loves chocolate chips cookies. Congrats again.

  • Jenn #117

    the book looks lovely!

  • Dragana #118

    I love your Pistachio and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – so pretty and delicious too! I would love to have the entire repertoire of your cookies!

  • JBL #119

    You are cruel; but I’d have to say that among my favorites are Linzer Cookies!

    Congratulations on your publication!

  • Lynn #120

    Congratulations! Your book looks like a winner. It’s going on my Christmas list!

  • Dawn Nikol #121

    Congratulations! How exciting for you!!

    My fav is the Snickerdoodle. Just something about it… =)

  • Jo #122

    Congrats on your new book! I look forward to picking one up very soon and trying some of your wonderful recipes! I love your blog and your recipes!

  • Angie #123

    Congrats with the new book! My favorite cookie is white chocolate chip macademia nut. Yum!

  • Elra #124

    Congratulation on your first book. My favorite cookies would be tuiles aux amandes! Cheers,

  • Jen Yu #125

    Awesome, sweetie!! I am so very happy and proud of you :) Sending lots and lots of hugs. xxoo

  • Jerzeetomato #126

    cucidati the flavors are just perfect.
    Congrats I cannot wait to see your book.

  • marce #127

    Congratulations Anita! The concept of this book is perfect! Your book will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas stockings of each of my children who love to bake and a staple, I’m confidant, on their cookbook shelves for years to come. My favourite cookie is a deep, dark Chocolate Crinkle. Yum! If I win a cookbook, I won’t have to wait until after Christmas to stock my own shelf.

  • Aimei #128

    Congrats on your book release! I’ve been a silent reader of your blog…you have inspired me to bake and bake and bake at home.

    I love macarons!

  • Christine Emming #129

    Congratulations on your beautiful new book! I’d love to have a copy for my very own, so please enter me into your drawing. My favorite cookie is a toss-up between Toasted Coconut Shortbread and my standby PBs with maple syrup. But pretty much any cookie will do, especially on a crappy day. ;)

  • Kim #130

    Congratulations! I usually read your blog, but I’m excited you have a book, too!

    I’d have to say my favorite cookie is plain ‘ol chocolate chip. :) Extra chewy, served fresh with milk!

  • Maddy Bray #131

    how can I choose? Hmmm…well, I’ve always had a thing for snickerdoodles.
    Congratulations on the book!

  • Cindy Crawshaw #132

    chocolate chip has to be my all time favorite !

  • betty q. #133

    I can’t get enough of those crisp, buttery, thin cookies I remember growing up…called Lengua de Gato….if I can’t get those, Dark ChocOlate Crinkles will do!

    Congratulations on the release of your much awaited cookbook and may you have many more to come!!!

  • Aimee #134

    Hurray! A chance to get your amazing cookbook! For as long as I can remember my favorite cookie has been a chewy gingersnap.I now make a version of them with fresh ginger, Tonka beans and mace–my Spice Snaps. Perfect for the holidays!

  • Marietjie #135

    Congratulations with your beautiful book Anita! It sounds like a bestseller to me

    I love your blog

    Cookies (we call them biscuits) are my favorite. Nothing beats munching on them.

    I do not have one favorite. Gingerbreadmen are usually a big hit with me and anything with chocolate in. Oooh and shortbread! Tollhouse cookies (pecan nuts and chocolate chips) are divine

  • MISS LOLA #136

    the book looks great..congratulations

  • HungryKat #137

    Congrats! I love double chocolate espresso cookies… light and chewy at the same time.

  • Jacelyn #138

    Congrats Anita! I believe it is like a dream come true for a pastry girl at heart, attending pastry school..publishing your own recipe book. =)

    Though the chances seems slim, I still want to share my favourite cookie. Gingersnaps! Not the chewy, sugar crusted type… but the traditional Swedish gingersnaps – that is thin, crunchy and so full of flavor! Not to mentioned it taste healthier than the usual chocolate chip cookies.

    Hope there will be a second book in the future. Cheers~

  • Joanne #139

    Congratulations with your book launch! I love cookies, and I’ve always admired cookbook writers! (That’s my secret ambition too.)

    Hmmm, my favourite cookie, that’s a difficult one. I think I’ll go with my favourite Chinese New Year cookies – suji/sugee cookies made with semolina flour! Yummm :)

    Good luck with your book! I’m actually intending to send a couple of cookies to my boyfriend staying overseas over the holidays. I was wondering if you have any good cookie recommendations that will survive a week-long journey?

  • sweetflutterbys3 #140

    Congratulations! You are doing something most people only dream of :)

    I’d have to say my favorite cookie is Chocolate chip. Boring, I know, but it’s a classic for a reason, especially when eaten right out of the oven….

    I can’t wait to see book #2!

  • Laura #141

    My favorite cookie would have to be the chocolate chip cookie.

  • Pam Taylor #142

    Congrats on your FIRST cookbook … I love to bake…especially cookies! Delicious little treats that are so much fun to make. My favorite cookie is from a cookbook I bought years ago at Cafe Beaujolais. It is a caramel bar cookie. Over the years, I have enhanced it – I make my own caramel sauce and have added chocolate and various types of nuts. Every year during the holidays this is a cookie I bake and share with friends and family. I would love a copy of your cookie book! Best wishes as you continue to experience the joy of sharing your book.

  • Ashley #143

    Congratulations! I was following the blog tour and loved reading all the posts. I don’t know if I can pick a favourite cookie! I think either chocolate chip or shortbread. Pretty boring but if I had to pick I have to go with something I know I’ll never get sick of! =)

  • Martina #144

    It looks like a great book, I hope that it will be released in Australia?

    My favourite cookie is the good old chocolate chip. YUM

  • Sihan #145

    congratulations on the book! It looks fabulous and i’m sure the cookie recipes inside are nothing short of fancy.

    My favourite cookies are snickerdoodles. Easy because i’m such a big fan of cinnamon!

  • annette #146

    My favourite cookie is a cookie with chocolate chips and cacao nibs

  • anamika: the sugarcrafter #147

    May i join the rest of the persons in wishing you wonderful days ahead and congratulations for the book release ! Love your blog.

  • Sunshinemom #148

    God bless you, Anita. Ur colleague was right about not taking things for granted, but this is your moment and you should enjoy it to the hilt – these are times when I always think that the Universe almost conspires so that everything sort of gels in and you give your best!! I hope you have many many books to your credit in the future, and do make sure that these books come to India too:) My vote for the best cookie goes to “Chocolate Crinkles”! I already going for the vegan version:)

  • Linda #149

    congrats! I love those melt in your mouth and buttery cookies..vennoise cookies are the best!

    thanks to your encouragement 2 years ago that till now, I still re-read those emails we exchanged and keep the passion burning baking in the kitchen..may yr passion keep inspiring more lives!

  • Alyssa #150

    Congratulations on your book release! With no doubt you’re only going to go forward from here with amazing footsteps probably in the shape of many baked goods :)

    As for cookies, I’d have to say my favorite are Madeleine cookies. But since they’re so cakey I don’t know if they’re considered cookies! Well, I think they can be. I love their buttery taste and spongy texture.

  • DD #151

    Congratulations! You must feel great. My favorite cookie is a hot, chewy chocolate chip cookie with iced milk on the side!

  • Angela #152

    Ohhh how exciting, I love cookies =) I’ve haunted your site, but never left a comment…

    as a poor college student, I don’t get much time to make cookies; but when I do, I really enjoy meringue cookies! Especially since my roomie is allergic to wheat gluten!

  • tiptup #153

    congratulations on your book! my fav cookie would be shortbread cookie. crumbly and buttery. yumyum

  • Micki #154

    that’s so exciting! my favorite are reverse chocolate chip cookies-chocolate base with white chocolate chips

  • peabody #155

    How fun and exciting for you Anita. So glad things are working out for you! It’s a fun little cookbook and I am happy to have participated on the tour!

  • Deborah #156

    You deserve everything! What a wonderful time. I’m already getting a copy of your book, so I’m disqualifying myself from the contest, but I just wanted to offer my congratulations!

  • Jenny #157

    Yeah! It looks like the release was a huge success!

    Favorite cookie… that would be either the giant ginger cookies I usually make at Christmas, or the brown sugar vanilla variation I made early this fall. Or a really good, soft, oatmeal raisin. :-)

    I’ll be keeping my eye out for you book in the bookstore!

  • fulya #158

    Rugelach, of course !

  • Patricia Scarpin #159

    How I wish I had been there, dear Anita! I wish you so much success and many good things. You are talented and generous!


  • Joanna #160

    I love a warm, gooey double chocolate cookie with melty chocolate chunks.

  • anna #161

    I’m so happy for you! I’ve been a fan of your blog for more than a year now, and I can see how talented you are with your craft. I love cookies and I hope for an international release for your book so I can get a copy here in Manila! :) More blessings on your way!

  • Margaret #162

    WOW!! How wonderful for you. Congrats on the book. If I don’t win, I will definately look for it at Amazon, etc.

    My favorite cookie – Peanut Butter of course.

  • kellypea #163

    Warm congrats to you, Anita. It has been so much fun to see your book mentioned and featured and talked about as I visit other sites — you have so much to be proud of. What an accomplishment!

  • Stephanie #164

    Congratulations! What a lovely book party. My favorite would have to be the dark chocolate crinkles, but it’s so hard to choose.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Shannalee #165

    OK. I have now read about your book on three sites, all by accident, and I am desperately in need of a copy for myself. Fingers crossed for me (if I’m not too late)! :)

  • Jasmine Chung #166

    omg Anita! I’ve been behind on reading blogs but congratulations! So cute! I’ll look out for your book in stores when I head back up to the bay for winter break! =)

  • Daniel Chow #167



    your book is on my christmas wish list.


  • Susan from Food Blogga #168

    What a whirlwind you have been on, Anita! I’m so happy for you. And all the best with the second book! Woo-hoo! :)

  • sally loves to bake #169

    I’ve just stumbled on your site and love it. I’m a mom of 5 kids and spend a lot of time in the kitchen and not as much in front of the computer! Cookies make the best best lunch box stuffers and my kids’ favourite are of course, chewy, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I know I’ll be back for more really soon. Congratulations and lots of success.

  • Jeremy #170

    Hi Anita,
    Been admiring your site for a long while, sorry I haven’t commented on your book, sounds and looks great, wish I could get my lazy self to write one, but about what?

    Anyway cheers and happy baking!

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