Whenever I'm trying to lose weight, I always have the most intense cravings for baked goods like bread and sweets. I come by it naturally: I come from a long line of inveterate "sweet-tooth's." I frequently make my mom's recipes for chocolate-chip cookies and zucchini bread. When Jamie was pregnant and wishing for Chocodiles, I was a more-than-willing accomplice (and even after she wasn't pregnant anymore). And, not a sugary treat, but I think one of my dad's favorite snacks when I was a kid was Coke and a box of Cheese Nips (and the rest of us were happy to share).
So, when I saw Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today)
by Jennifer Steinhauer, I couldn't resist. She's experimented to discover the recipes for lots of classic treats that we all loved as kids, and she's tried to make them as close to the originals as possible. You can make your own Oreos, Nilla Wafers, Nutter Butters, or Chips Ahoy cookies; Hostess Twinkies, Cup Cakes, or Sno Balls; even Fig Newtons, Pop Tarts, and Twix. She's even got recipes for a couple of Girl Scout cookies. Some of the recipes are a bit involved, and I wonder if it's worth the effort when I can get an Almond Joy for less than a buck, and store-bought marshmallows are a lot easier, but I guess a lot of people prefer the challenge of making them at home (she says many people say her recipes are even better than the real thing). We've only tried a few recipes so far, and not all of them were as delicious as we expected, so the fun nostalgia-factor is certainly at play here - but still, everything was eaten rather quickly regardless!
Still, this is a nice cookbook for those of us who love goodies (maybe not so good for my diet, however). And I really like the comments she has for each recipe and section - the bits of information she provides are helpful as well as entertaining. And as someone who's not known for his kitchen skills, I also appreciate the section where she talks about equipment that's nice to have even if it's not entirely necessary. It's a beautiful cookbook with lots of great pictures, so if you're like me this might be the most "fun" cookbook you'll want to have. (I received a free copy from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review.)