Ending a meal with a special dessert is always a treat. But, top a dessert with sprinkles and you've got a party on your plate. If you think sprinkles are just those little rod shaped chocolate or multi-colored bits of candy topping off your cupcake or ice cream cone, then it's time to broaden your confection selection.
On October 15, 2013 Quirk Books released, “Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts” by Jackie Alpers. Ms. Alpers is an award-winning photographer who writes, cooks, and develops recipes in her sunny studio in Tucson, Arizona. Her book is filled with a range of recipes alongside colorful, eye popping, sweet tooth activating photography of sprinkles on cakes, cookies, pies, snacks, party fare and even cocktails. The recipes and easy to follow instructions are a fun way to introduce kids to cooking. This book proves, there is no meal that sprinkles don't make just a little bit better.
For the baker who isn't aware that there are more than two types of sprinkles in the world, Alpers provides a dictionary of the wide-variety of sprinkles available and different methods for using them. Do you know what a Hagelslag is or a Liebesperien? Did you know there is edible glitter? Not only does the author explain each type of sprinkle in detail and with photos, but, for the more advanced baker or candy maker, she includes recipes and instructions to make your own sprinkles.
“Sprinkles!” is filled with great recipe and gift ideas for any holiday or occasion. In fact, this book would make a great hostess or bridal shower present. Wrap it up with a variety of sprinkles and baking tools and it's a party in a box. Wondering where you can find all the funky sprinkles Alpers mentions in her book? She provides a handy resource list of online retailers in the back of her book. If that isn't enough, you can also log onto QuirkBooks.com/Sprinkles for some sweet behind-the-sprinkles action.
Now your Bristol Books Examiner has a big decision to make. Should I whip up the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, or some Brazilian Chocolate Truffles? Maybe I'll just kick back with a Birthday Cake Martini and drool over Alpers photos in “Sprinkles!” just a little bit longer.