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Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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“I’ve been a bootleg member of the Milk Bar family for a while: Christina and I have gone to Hawaii and made malasadas together, and every time I’m in NYC I like to hang out in Brooklyn bothering everyone in the bakery. Christina is a leader not only in the kitchen but also in the way Milk Bar has shaped our recent culture—and lives. Kogi por Vida, Milk Bar for Life.”
“Milk Bar Life is a charming, playful, and personal view into the prodigiously inventive world of Christina Tosi and her Milk Bar crew. The Ritz Cracker wizardry is genius.”
“Bake or just salivate over the addictive treats in Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Life.”
“There’s some sweet stuff...but the savory stuff is just what you'd expect from Tosi—silly, supermarket driven and delicious.”
“Her new book is a collection of sweet and savory dishes Tosi likes to make and serve off the clock, and it's a reflection of her playful worldview.”
“This everyday cookbook establishes Tosi, chef and co-owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, as an exciting and original voice… Tosi continues to showcase her singular flavor combinations—there's unmistakable wow factor in miso butterscotch sauce and burnt honey butter served alongside kale with sesame seeds.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The book reads like an issue of Lucky Peach if it were under Tosi's direction: Think throwback icebox cake recipes, Milk Bar staff meals, recipes from her childhood, and late night munchies.”
“Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi is filled with simple, satisfying recipes for cooks who want flavor and fun with minimal fuss.”
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Tosi's energy and vibrancy still come across in this book, but sadly, that's all that does. The intriguing and interesting recipes from her first book are nowhere to be found here. Instead, this book is full of recipes from friends and family, which would be nice - except that they don't seem to share Tosi's talent that was so apparent in the first book. Instead of delightful recipes like cinnamon bun pie or corn cookies, this book is mostly dreck. A sad example: blue cheese pretzels. The ingredients: blue cheese and pretzels. (I do not exaggerate). While there are a few redeeming items, they are buried under a mound of unimaginative and uninspired recipes that wouldn't befit Rachael Ray, much less Tosi.
It's hard to tell if this is a case of the author phoning in a cookbook, or writing a food diary that masquerades as one. In any event, this book sadly fails to live up to the high standard set by its predecessor.
Many recipes have unnatainable ingredients for people out of the US, other ingredients are recipes from the other book (in other words, if you don't have the book you can't make them, although she provides substitutions), I love Christina Tosi I think her writing is witty, entertaining and approachable and I'm more disappointed in myself that was hungering for more Milk Bar treats. Also I hated that they didn't have weights and only offered cup portions, having had those in the first book I really think it's lazy not to do it on this one specially in anything and everything involving baking.
Maybe the third one will be the charm as there are many Milkbar cakes not featured in the first book.
There are some promising recipes. The grandma cookies that open the book didn't turn out right for me, but they flavor was good. Tosi's chocolate chip cookies are excellent, proving that there is room to improve on a classic. The cookie chapter is the best in the book, with Sour Cream and Citrus Cookies high on my to-bake list. But there are no statement-piece desserts as there were in her previous outing. There are no layer cakes nor even frosting recipes here. Though there are at least 3 recipes using boxed cake mix (Sour cream coffee cake, lemon bars, gooey butter cake).Read more ›
I used to be a food snob. No cans or packages for me and I only got fresh meat and vegetables from great grocery stores like Whole Foods. I would make all my own stocks and soups from scratch. Now I’m older and realize it isn’t the end of the world to open a can or package and incorporate those ingredients into whatever I’m making. Watching Chopped has softened my snobbishness.
If you are looking for a repeat of Milk, you are going to be disappointed. This book has some very easy recipes using canned ingredients or whatever is in your fridge and also some from scratch items. Some of the recipes challenge my idea of cooking and I can feel my food snobbishness rising when I read them. But I tried very hard to keep an open mind when reviewing the recipes. However, there is one recipe I will never try and don’t think it could be good even if I ate it in my sleep and that is the Spaghettios Sammy. Ewwww, Spaghettios and maple-flavored sausage links? Not in my wildest, thank you!
Then she has some great ones like Thai Tea Cookies and XXXL Lady Salad. She divides the recipes up into different chapers such as Hand-me-downs (all about family and friends); A Cookie a Day (guess) and Freaking’ Weekend (buy the book and find out).
1. Recipes are fairly simple and easy to follow
2. There are wonderful tips and tricks
3. The photos are beautiful
4. Paper stock is slick which makes the text and images easy on the eyes
5. Some very unusual recipes
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun and easy to use cookbook . Cookie dough cookies are AMAZING! Now I freeze a few cookie dough balls every time i make cookies just so i can make a few of those babies... Read morePublished 13 days ago by bethany
My wife loved this book. But unfortunately I've gained about 10 lbs. oh well. Fat and happyPublished 3 months ago by Pooparama
I didn't really expect a great follow up for Milk...I was so right. I received it as a gift, and glad i didnt spend my money. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ranoush
Book arrived damaged. There was a rip in the cover and binding. The worst part was that this was a gift.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had never heard of Milk Bar or Christina Tosi until she appeared on the Master Chef television shows. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Goff
I actually returned this book because it was so terrible. I loved the first Milk Bar cook book and I am a big fan of Christina Tosi, but this cookbook is complete junk and a total... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Reedy