Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Review: Treat Yourself:70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by:Jennifer Steinhauer
About the Book:
If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.
After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.
So go ahead—treat yourself to your own homemade version of these favorites:
• Samoas, Pecan Sandies, Chips Ahoy!, and other classic cookies
• Nutter Butters, Mint Milanos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and other sweet sandwich cookies
• Twinkies, Drake’s Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and other snack cakes
• Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini-Pies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and other fruity, filled treats
• Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Funyuns, and other salty, savory snacks
• Cracker Jacks, Goo Goo Clusters, Candy Dots, and other candy favorites
• Orange Creamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops, Nutty Buddies, and other frozen treats.
About the Author:
Jennifer Steinhauer has been a reporter for the New York Times for twenty years. Her weekly column at Food52.com, “Weeknights with Jenny,” shares her adventures in weeknight cooking. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Washington, D.C.
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this cookbook! I love recreating well loved treats for my family and this is exactly the cookbook to help you do just that. The book is chock full of those yummy recipes along with bright colorful pictures. The author has painstakingly created over 70 recipes of all those treats that everyone loves. So when you get a hankering for home made pop tarts or Oreo's now you can create them at home with ease.
Most of the recipes involve easy to find ingredients but they all are not really simple recipes. There is prep work involved and you may have to dig out the rolling pin but still so worth the effort. The author includes her own little tidbits of each recipe which is always interesting and fun. And what is also great this book not only include sweet treats, but savory and also some "cool" desserts as well.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books Blogger Program.