The book is broken down by areas of the city – Chealsea, Union Square, East Village, NoHo, SoHo, Nolita, East Village / Lower East Side, Lower East Side, and Stand Alone Bakeries.
It includes a ton more than the few that I knew of and hope to try or have tried – Baked By Melissa, Crumbs (which I have tried!), Babycakes and Magnolia Bakery. (It is actually a total of 27 bakeries but for someone with a sweet tooth like me that is certainly a TON!) There are probably plenty more up there that have popped up since the book was published and the Sisters note that anyone that was skipped was done so unintentionally!
There are a bunch of photos of each of the establishments and their cupcakes. I love the layout of the book and boy oh boy is it hard to try and narrow down which locations to definitely try (one day I will have hit them all!) because everything just looks so yummy!
In addition to information on the “sweet assortment” and “something special” which talk about the locations themselves, there is also a “and there’s more” section which features other sightseeing that can be done in the neighborhood of the bakery. Definitely a nice touch and helpful if you want to do more than just eat cupcakes all day. (And if you are in NYC I definitely recommend doing more – the more you walk the more cupcakes you can fit in your diet…)
Now I just need to figure out how many trips to the city it is going to take to try them all… (The sisters claim that it is possible to break the book down in to 4 sections and do each section in one day – so I’ll need at least 4 more trips to the city. I think I can handle that – and then some!)
I received a free e-book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Use this unique travel guide to make the most of your trip to New York City and all the cupcakes it offers. No trip would be complete without visiting Chelsea, Union Square, the East Village, NoHo, SoHo, Nolita, and the Lower East Side. This guide highlights bakeries in each of these areas. The tour was developed based on personal wanderings of three rural Missouri sisters in New York City. The sixty-four-page guide is the perfect size to tuck in a bag while traveling throughout the city. This limited-edition book published by the Donning Company Publishers of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a must have.
Nanette McLain is from Queens, New York. She is a social worker for a large non-rofit agency serving NYC and Long Island. Because of her growing knowledge of the city, she is a fabulous tour guide for her sisters and friends who visit. It was one of these explorations that sparked the idea for a cupcake travel guide. Nerissa Pinkston is from a rural community in Missouri. She is an RN for a home health agency. When she finds extra time, she loves to escape to faraway places. New York City has been a favorite stop since her younger sister moved there. Nichelle Walters is from a suburban community near Kansas City, Missouri. Before having children, she taught sixth graders in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. She is now a stay-at-home mom. Traveling with two of her sisters has been a delight. They have enjoyed Barcelona, Paris, London, and cities throughout the US, including New York City.