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All the Sweet Things

Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean

by (author) Renée Kohlman

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Baking, Cakes, Desserts
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
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Gold Winner, 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing Award for Single-Subject Cookbook
Winner, 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in English Canada
Among the Globe and Mail's Best Cookbooks of 2017

More than 100 recipes for desserts and baked goods from the kitchen of Renée Kohlman, named one of the Canada's top food bloggers by the National Post.

All the Sweet Things is full of delectable desserts and wholesome baked goods with recipes for muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, custards, pastries, truffles, and ice cream. Reinvent last night's dessert for this morning's breakfast, whip up your very first pie, and wow your colleagues, friends, and family during the holidays by gifting them with impressive baked goods. With wit and warmth doled out in equal measure, Renée acknowledges that baking can be intimidating, but assures you that whether you're a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, each recipe is doable and delicious.

Offering a list of pantry essentials and useful tools and equipment, a photograph to accompany every recipe, variations for gluten-free bakers, and essays written in Kohlman's signature style, this gorgeous new cookbook will pull you into the kitchen to bake, then back to the couch to curl up and read.

About the author

Renée Kohlman is the author of the Taste Canada award-winning cookbook All the Sweet Things (Touchwood Editions, 2017). She’s a professional cook and baker, freelance food writer, and columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. She also writes a popular food blog, Sweetsugarbean. In the summer you’ll find her in the garden admiring her sweet peas and coaxing her cats down from trees; in the winter she’s curled up with a book and a mug of hot chocolate. Renée lives in Saskatoon.

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  • Winner, Winner, Taste Canada Food Writing Award for Single-Subject Cookbook

Editorial Reviews

Beyond the collection of over 100 sweet recipes, Renée’s book is about her stories. In fact, it reads a little bit like a storybook and if you are like me, it will find its way to your bedside table where it will be just as at home as it is in the kitchen . . . It’s like your favourite cozy blanket or sweater – you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. blog

Living in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Renée brings a down home Canada voice to her recipes, but her culinary training and pastry chef background is always evident, with the quality and creativity of the recipes . . . The classic and creative collection of recipes is a must-have addition for anyone who enjoys sweets and baking. This is even more true for my Canadian baking friends, who will love this truly Canadian voice that runs through it’s pages.

Seasons and Suppers blog

For pastry chef Renee Kohlman, cooking daily fuels her creativity and feeds her passion. It’s integral to her well-being and baking is interwoven into the fabric of her life. In good times, baking heightened her celebrations. In sad times, the kitchen gave her comfort and a place to reflect and think things through. All of this is captured in her first cookbook, All the Sweet Things, full of recipes she has developed and gathered and deeply personal stories of her life as connected to the recipes.

Western Producer

Not only is it a beautiful book . . .All The Sweet Things stands out for it’s absolutely fabulous stories between chapters, from Renée’s adventures in the North to her stories of Small Town Saturday nights. You won’t lack for entertaining reading material between choosing which recipes you are going to make first.

Karlynn Johnstone, author of Flapper Pie and Blue Prairie Sky

“Renée has an eye for all the sweet things—everything she makes is real and approachable, and is always exactly what I want to eat, whether I know it or not. For those who eat with their eyes—and don’t we all?—her photos are irresistible, the perfect pairing with recipes that make the home cook feel like they’re right beside her in the kitchen.”

Julie Van Rosendaal, bestselling author and founder of

"In her beautiful debut cookbook, Renee writes from the heart, weaving stories and recipes together in a way that convinces us that we too are capable of making magic in the kitchen. A collection of both familiar and inspiring new desserts, this book is sure to become a timeless Canadian classic."

Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, award-winning author of <i>Brown Eggs and Jam Jars</i>

Top-rated food blogger Renée Kohlman's All the Sweet Things is a gorgeous celebration of dessert with traditional tastes and unexpected twists on the familiar.

49th Shelf

All the Sweet Things is 300+ pages of irresistible recipes (gluten-free options, too) and impressive photography . . . a gorgeous book filled with stories and recipes to feed your heart and soul.

Nicole Harding, Culinary Cool blog

Your new go-to cookbook for 'All the Sweet Things' . . . an essential addition to our list of must-have cookbooks.

Canadian Living

This cookbook-cum-memoir will have you curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and blanket, bookmarking all the sweet things you’ll want to make.

Savvy Mom blog

All the Sweet Things . . . is the kind of cookbook that reads like a good novel that you can’t put down.

Food Bloggers of Canada

Happy colours and pretty pictures don’t make a cookbook. For me, good writing that tells a story (and, of course, conveys information and directions clearly) is a requirement. I also appreciate writing that makes me feel like I know the author. And that’s exactly what All the Sweet Things delivers. I read this book, cover to cover like a novel, in a couple of days. Renée writes not just skillfully, but with such heart and openness, about food yes, but also about her life, her mother, her friends … I feel now that I know her very well indeed . . . a beautiful book with a great collection of recipes and, writing and storytelling that takes the book to the next level.

Urban Cottage Life blog

Renée visits Global Morning News to share a recipe from her new book, All the Sweet Things.

Global Morning News Saskatoon

The Saskatoon native knows what she’s doing . . . Kohlman’s first cookbook, All The Sweet Things, has more than 100 recipes for cookies, cakes, tarts, pies, pastries and more, and everything I made from it was spectacular.

The Globe and Mail

"All the Sweet Things will delight your family’s resident pastry chef—you know, the one who is always creating new confections for every occasion and sending you home with tins full of homemade cookies." —Read Local BC

Read Local BC

"This collection of both familiar and new desserts is as much of a good read as it is a baking book, and the vibrant photographs will kickstart your sweet tooth cravings." —Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, Simple Bites

Simple Bites blog

My favourite thing about the book are the recipe headnotes . . . As you read each one it really feels like she’s right there in the kitchen with you, guiding you through her recipes with practical pep talks and a private tête-à-tête . . . All the Sweet Things should be on your own personal present wish list."

Family Bites blog

"Saskatoon baker-blogger Renée Kohlman has gathered the sweetest collection of things into her first cookbook, with relatable personal stories behind the soda breads and pies, and her own photos, all taken on her iPhone. It's a beautifully designed, nostalgic collection of unintimidating baked goods, with Prairie classics like Saskatoon berry and flapper pies, sugar-coated cake doughnuts and Aunt Helen's big-batch buttermilk bran muffins." —Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail

More than a collection of recipes, it’s the story of how this Saskatoon chef became a baker. It will bring a tear to your eye in parts, make your tummy grumble in others, and wow you throughout.

Eating Niagara blog

"All the Sweet Things . . . will delight your family’s resident pastry chef—you know, the one who is always creating new confections for every occasion and sending you home with tins full of homemade cookies." —Read Local BC blog

Read Local BC

Renée Kohlman shares one of her favourite recipes from All the Sweet Things with the readers of her column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“Every page of All The Sweet Things, the stunning new cookbook by Saskatchewan native Renée Kohlman, is packed with deliciousness. From nostalgic Jam Jams from Kohlman’s prairie upbringing to innovative delights like Parsnip and Cardamom Muffins with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing, All The Sweet Things has irresistible recipes for cooks of all kinds. Not only is Renée a fantastic baker, she is a soulful writer and gifted photographer; when you’re not cooking from her book, you might just find yourself tucked into bed drooling over her photographs and savoring her heartfelt stories.”

Erin Scott, bestselling author of <i>Yummy Supper</i>

All the Sweet Things is more than a collection of recipes. It’s also about Kohlman’s life, and there are many stories connected to the food . . . The book is a testament to following your heart, and I, for one, can’t get enough of that story.

Edmonton Journal

“Renée shares all the sweet things of her life with wit, style and humour, on the page, on the plate, online, and in person. From re-worked classics to unexpected savoury ingredients—parsnips, tahini, turmeric —she’ll surprise you but will never let you down. Oh, mama! Try her gloriously messy Eton Mess, Soft-serve Mascarpone Ice Cream, or Heirloom Jam Jams. You’re gonna love this sweet book and the generous woman who wrote it.”

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, award-winning author of <I>Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet</i>

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