Book Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock

August 22, 2014

One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock
Genre: Culinary, Cookbook
Synopsis: Quick desserts and even quicker clean up mean more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen. With One Dirty Bowl, whip up show-stopping desserts like Hazelnut Puffs, Peanut Butter Truffle Bars, and White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes, all while dirtying just one bowl. Grab your bowl and get ready to bake!
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First off, I'm very delighted that this is a dessert cookbook. I absolutely adore dessert cookbooks. My heart races every time I see one and I'll need to give myself a pep talk about how much I don't need another dessert cookbook. But reviewing one is a completely different story. Thanks to the author herself for sending me the ebook to review.

One Dirty Bowl is a great cookbook, great photos of mouthwatering sugary goodness, detailed and straight forward recipes, and I am extremely joyed that most of the ingredients in the cookbook are available in my country. *high five*

I tried make a few desserts with the help of the recipes and instructions from One Dirty Bowl, some burned on the first try but on the second try, it turned out pretty well.

Mom's Butterscotch bars. When I made it the first time I thought the top wasn't cooked well so I stuck it back into the oven and waited about 10 more minutes. yeap, idiotic move Nada! The cake burned on top and dried up the entire cake. Everyone in the house ate it all nonetheless. It did taste pretty good despite it burning up.

The second try, I made it as quick as I make a cup of tea. And this one turned out perfect. It's not too sweet nor too dry. It's a perfect tea time snack.

Now these Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were a little bit of a mess. The instructions were pretty clear and straight to the point but since it was my first time to use Crisco shortening and I wasn't sure if I was using it right by just dumping it into the bowl and mixing it all up. After sticking it into the over for about 10 minutes, I wasn't sure it was done yet so I left it in there a little longer with the heat completely off, and it kind of burned on the sides and hardened just a tad bit that it's supposed to. Despite it burning up just a little bit, the cookies did taste marvelous. It reminds me of Christmas with the nutmeg and cinnamon. But I think the nutmeg was a little bit to much...

Rocky Road. I saw this recipe and I just had to try it out. It was relatively easy and quick to make. Though I did have a little bit of trouble with getting the 4 cups of mini marshmallows into the pot of melted chocolate. I probably should've used a larger pot since 4 cups may be a little bit too much, so I reduced it to about 3 1/2 cups for it all fit in there. Mixing it all together was another challenge since marshmallows kept falling out, but it turned out really well in the end.

The loaf pan went missing so I had to use a larger-deeper-square-pan which enabled me to chop these into tiny bars so that there will be enough for everyone because sharing is caring of course. My dad loves it! Him and I have to stop ourselves from munching on these things all afternoon.

When I read a cookbook and decide which recipe to try out for the day, I like to see how it's supposed to turn out, how it's supposed to look like, and One Dirty Bowl doesn't seem to provide it's reader with the aspect of photos for all the recipes. There were a whole bunch of photos in there that show off how the recipe is supposed to turn out but with the ones that sounded appealing to me, I was pretty disappointed that they didn't have a photo of the finished product.

Also, the way the photos were formatted, I got confused in connecting the right photo with its recipe. Which comes first, the recipe or the photo of the finished good?

Other than that, One Dirty Bowl is an simple and fun cookbook. It's descriptions and recipes were very clear, creative and straight to the point. I enjoyed concocting these recipes and I look forward to trying out a whole bunch of them in the very near future.

With all of that done, yes, I did only use one bowl. Well, a pot and a bowl.

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Christina Dymock

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