Reviews for All the Sweet Things


"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

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"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

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

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"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." —Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara blog

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"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

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"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

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Renée joins Tiffany Mayer on the Grub podcast to chat about how baking has always provided her a bit of an escape from sadness, stress, and schedules.

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"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." —Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara blog

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"For pastry chef Renée 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

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"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

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Watch the #AlltheSweetThingsCookbook tag on Instagram for great photos from the author and her readers.

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"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

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Blogger Janice Lawandi shares Kohlman's recipe for Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks, which she says are "the kind of cookies I dream of with a lovely balance of salty and sweet." Head over to Kitchen Heals Soul for the recipe.

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Aimée Wimbush-Bourque looks forward to All the Sweet Things in her cookbook roundup on Simple Bites.

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McNally Robinson's Caroline Walker recommends All the Sweet Things as a great Mother's Day gift on Global News Morning Saskatoon.

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"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

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Renée Kohlman tells the National Post that she credits her single mom, to whom she dedicated her cookbook, for passing on strength, and courage, and how their relationship fostered Kohlman's love for baking.

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"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." —Globe and Mail

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Renée Kohlman recounts the small town Saturday nights of her youth as she reads an excerpt from her debut on video for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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In a beautiful video, Kelly Neil demonstrates how Renée Kohlman's Rhubarb Fool with Cardamom Cream comes together for a perfect sweet summer treat.

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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Renée visits Saskatoon's CTV Morning Live.

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

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Renée shares one of her favourite recipes with Global Morning News Saskatoon.

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Eat North shares a recipe for Kohlman's Chocolate Zucchini Olive Oil Bread.

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"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 writer at Simple Bites and author of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars


“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 Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet


“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 Yummy Supper


“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 DinnerwithJulie.com