Buried deep in our childhood, or perhaps in the back of the cupboard, we each have a junk food that we secretly love beyond all reason. Hostess cupcakes or apple pies from McDonalds. Sour Patch Kids at the movies or tater tots still hot from the fryer. Go on. It's ok to admit it. Especially since Casey Barber has just handed us the keys to the snack aisle with her new book Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. Same favorite snacks, fewer unpronounceable ingredients.
• Who wrote it: Casey Barber
• Who published it: Ulysses Press
• Number of recipes: 70
• Recipes for right now: Mallomars, Entenmann's Donuts, Sno-Balls, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Cheese Popcorn, Funyuns, Klondike Bars, Creamsicles, Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups, Sour Patch Kids, Peeps, Cinnamon Pop-Tarts
• Other highlights: These are not just generic versions of our favorite treats — Casey Barber makes a herculean effort in each recipe to mimic the exact flavors and textures that we love so dearly. This often means getting cozy with a pastry bag and turning your Dutch oven into a deep-fryer. All in the pursuit of a good snack, right?!
This said, don't worry. You won't be confronted with any strange molecular gastronomy experiments or hard-to-find ingredients with this collection of recipes. Just good ol' butter, flour, and a baking sheet, for the most part. If you like a good kitchen project, this book is full of them.
• Who would enjoy this book? DIY fans, parents wanting to create homemade alternatives to storebought snacks
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Classic Snacks Made From Scratch by Casey Barber
• Visit the author's website: Casey Barber
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