Make one of these 8 adorable mini-gingerbread houses and decorate for the holidays. You'll find step by step instructions to make a traditional house, an adobe style house, a wintery A-frame, fantasy hexagon house, and even a trio of extra mini houses (great to use as place cards on your holiday dinner table). And don't forget the animal friends whose adorable versions of their homes include a chicken coop, birdhouse, and of course, a dog house. The 32 page booklet contains recipes for making the gingerbread walls (including a gluten free recipe) and royal icing, the edible "glue" that holds them together. Also included are tons of decorating ideas and a recipe for fondant which is perfect for creating landscaping essentials like bushes and flower pots. Four reusable food safe templates (for cutting out the gingerbread components) are tucked into a portfolio along with the recipe booklet. Gorgeous photos throughout offer lots of ideas and jumping off points for your own decorations. Whether you want to build one little house or create a whole winter wonderland of mini homes, you'll find all the ideas you need to celebrate the season your way.
Jennifer Carden writes about food and develops recipes for a number of magazines and corporate clients as well as doing all the food styling in her husband's photographs. Matthew Carden is a photographer whose work has appeared NapaStyle catalogue and on corporate packaging. Their previous work for Chronicle Books includes Mini Pretty Baking Kit, the photos in the Chef Olivia Cookie Cutter Kit, The Toddler Cafe, and photography for Wookie Pies and Ice Sabers. Matt and Jen run an art gallery out of an adorable vintage camper just north of San Francisco which is devoted to food related topics and features Matt's large scale photos in addition to other food-inspired artists.