Sweet Celebrations5stars



If You Love the TLC Series, You Will Love This Book

By Katherine Kallinis Berman & Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne

HarperOne, 24.99, 304 pages

The owners of Georgetown Cupcakes, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, focus their second cookbook on the mantra “celebrate.” Celebrate the little things, and celebrate all things. Celebrations opens with some of the authors’ baking tips and then splits into five parts by celebration type. Part one is “Life Celebrations,” with birthday celebration tips kicking off the chapter, followed by cupcake recipes with step-by-step instructions coupled with corresponding photos of each step. The following sections cover holidays, everyday parties, outdoor get-togethers, and DC Cupcakes’ biggest bashes. No matter what the celebration is, there is a recipe with decorating directions and lots of guidance.

This is much more than a recipe book, with its generous stories and lots of tips and recommendations. In fact, the advice outweighs the number of recipes. The authors’ Greek upbringing is interspersed throughout the book with background information, inspiration and Greek-inspired cake and cookie recipes. Everyday parties deserve treats too, so there is a chapter for sleepovers, tea parties, camp outs, and picnics, just to name a few. Sweet Celebrations reads like a diary, memoir and recipe book because it is covered with lots of personal photos and stories. Family recipes are shared and even modernized with what Berman and LaMontagne have learned from their very successful cupcake shop and TLC show. Readers will pour through the very personal pages time and time again, and almost be able to believe that these sisters are close friends sharing their dog-eared, family recipes sprinkled with love and history.

Reviewed By Seniye Groff

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