By Janette Hanagarne, Gingerbread House Queen
If you want to make the best gingerbread houses in the neighborhood, I highly recommend Teresa Layman’s Gingerbread for All Seasons. I was in a Barnes and Noble about 8 years ago and saw a stack of them on the bargain table. I was a fan of gingerbread houses at the time and picked up two copies. I gave one away and kept the other. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
This book has several things going for it.
* 8 FULL SIZE gingerbread house patterns. They include a Nantucket Cottage, Lighthouse, Schoolhouse, Farmhouse, Victorian Christmas Cottage, Bakery, and Toy Shoppe. If you have ever looked for patterns, most books give you one pattern or they give you more patterns that have to be enlarged on a copier. These patterns are full size, unique, and easy to assemble.
- Beautiful Photography. Randy O’Rourke took the photos and they are spectacular. I’ve looked through books that have fuzzy pictures that make it difficult to see the details. These pictures are just right.
- Lots of ideas. The gingerbread houses are not all meant for Christmas. I admit, I haven’t made a Spring garden house or any of the other seasonal houses, but I have made every pattern into a Christmas gingerbread house. I started with the simplest pattern and worked my way up.
- Challenging and easy patterns. This book is for the beginner as well as the experienced decorator. Wherever you are, this book has ideas that will help.
If you haven’t picked up this book to add to your gingerbread house collection, it’s time. I watch for all the new gingerbread house books, and I own several of the more recent publications. But nothing beats this book. It’s the bible of gingerbread house books.
Teresa Layman also has another book, Gingerbread Things to Make and Bake. It is another edition of the same excellent quality. Buy them both as soon as you can.