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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570617880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570617881
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant! All the childhood treats I'm nostalgic for in one smart volume. Toaster tarts, cereal bars, and ice cream sandwiches made from real ingredients? I'll take one of each, please."
Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Everyday

"Lara's book is a beautifully photographed selection of 'goûters' (snacks) that will make you want to rush into the kitchen and bake for your children, family, and friends. If you feel short of ideas to make healthful snacks (also gluten free and vegan), her book has the answer."
Béa Peltre, La Tartine Gourmande

"Real Snacks is a dream come true. We all know we should eat quinoa, kale, and carrots at every meal, but sometimes we need a treat. If that treat is made with whole grains and alternative sweeteners, all the better. Lara Ferroni's playful yet truly helpful book introduces readers to unfamiliar ingredients such as amaranth flour or coconut palm sugar in the midst of making moon pies, chocolate toffee bars, and crunchy cheese puffs. That so many of the recipes can be made gluten-free is a boon for those of us who have to avoid gluten entirely. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make some nacho cheese tortilla chips." 
Shauna Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl

"This book, like Doughnuts, punches way above its weight in every category—aesthetics, recipes, variety, and nostalgia. All your childhood favorites are here: twinkies, Hostess cupcakes, powdered donettes, caramel corn, fig newtons, goldfish, moon pies, sugar wafers, pop tarts, thin mints, cheez-its…  The mindboggles!! I really can’t believe Lara has put this together!  Gluten-free and vegan options make it accessible for everyone. This book is worth every penny, and would be tremendously appreciated by anyone who loves baking!"
Kristina Gill, Matt Bites

"If you're one of those people who reads the ingredient ilst on the back of a bag of Cheetos but buys them anyway, this one's for you. Lara Ferroni is coming to the rescue. She's managed to recreate, some would say reengineer, some of the world's most beloved snacks like Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Cheezits, without all that bad stuff."
Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Splendid Table

"Every once in a while I get a book from publisher that makes me want to run to my computer and type a review immediately so I can share the great news. This is the case with this book, Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk. This book is all about recreating childhood favorites in a healthier way with wholesome flours like spelt flour , buckwheat flour and whole wheat flour... All the recipes have a vegan and gluten-free version. I want to shout this part at the top of my lungs as this is all around awesome." 
Keren Brown, Frantic Foodie 

"In Real Snacks, Lara Ferroni brilliantly remakes our favorites, from sandwich cookies and ice cream novelties to every salty snack you can think of, including those addictive little fish-shaped crackers. They don't qualify as healthy, but you can pronounce every single ingredient."
Edible Seattle

"The real treat behind Real Snacks is that it's not just about recreating your favorite childhood snacks, it takes favorite childhood food and breaks everything down, even to the seasonings... This is a great book as both a gift and a source for making homemade goodies to give away — because who's going to say no to a batch of homemade Oreo cookies?... I guarantee there is some snack in there that will get your food nostalgia doing a happy dance."
Wasabi Prime

"Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Twinkies and Ding Dongs. One look at them takes us right back to high school -- as in chemistry class. The ingredient lists are a litany of unpronounceable non-foods. To the rescue comes local photographer and cookbook author Lara Ferroni, whose book 'Real Snacks' (Sasquatch, $19.95) replicates our favorite junk foods without, well, the junk. Though these DIY snacks lack the same instant gratification, they're well worth the effort."
MIX, The Oregonian

"Here’s the thing about these cookies compared to the store-bought variety – these aren’t exactly like the commercial versions because they taste so much better. The flavors are real. The texture is light and delicate, not hard and brittle. The quality is superior."
Use Real Butter

"Whether it's animal crackers made with spelt flour and honey or tater tots that don't come from the freezer, you're sure to find something that reminds you of those blissful years before you'd even heard the words high fructose corn syrup."
Eat Beat, Portland Monthly

"it was a real breath of fresh air when I saw Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by Lara Ferroni. From classic graham crackers and cheese fish crackers to toaster tarts and snack cakes made with real ingredients and the goodness of home cooking, there are recipes for things even I'd never thought about cooking myself."
About.com Local Foods
 
"For her latest book, the Portland-based food photographer and cookbook author decided to take on some of the most highly processed (and popular) snack foods out there — snack cakes, nacho cheese tortilla chips, toaster tarts — and find ways to make healthier, homemade versions that are still tasty enough to satisfy your junk food cravings."
Oregon Public Broadcasting

"If you’re upset about the recent news that Hostess Brands is closing (meaning no more Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Donettes, or Hostess Cupcakes, EVER), don’t fear: we’ve got your back. Lara Ferroni’s cookbook, Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All The Junk, has preservative-free recipes of all your favorite junk food, including Twinkies."
Bust.com

"...if you're like me and want to make more of your own snacks from scratch, then Real Snacks could be the cookbook you've been waiting for."
A Well-Seasoned Life

"Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk is all about making those treats that you so fondly remember in ways that use more nutritional ingredients. The end result is much better tasting snacks and a lot less guilt... This book is nothing short of fascinating and incredibly useful for those of us who who are trying to move away from convenience foods."
Luxury Reading

"...what if you resolved to give up 'store-bought' snacks and instead only indulged on snacks you made at home? With Lara Ferroni's latest book Real Snacks, you can do just that. Whether it's Twinkies, Goldfish crackers, potato chips, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Tater Tots, or Pop-Tarts, Ferroni has created a recipe you can make at-home."
Seattle Weekly

"Feel good about what snacks you are feeding yourself and your family and check out Real Snacks: make your favorite childhood treats without all the junk."
In the Know Mom

"It seems Lara didn’t forget anything in this book because it also includes a useful appendix of pantry staple recipes like chocolate syrup, marshmallow creme and caramel sauce. Oh, and I can’t forget the handful of naturally vegan recipes like sugar wafers, caramel corn, salty water crackers, potato chips, bean dip and corn nuts. So, next time you have a sudden craving for something sweet or salty, head to the bookstore instead of the grocery store. It’s time, as Lara says, to 'Take back our snacks!'"
A Dash of Compassion

 "I quite literally squealed with glee when I saw this new book by Lara Ferroni. She covers everything from how to make our own Thin Mint Cookies and yogurt-covered raisins to homemade Cheetos and tater tots. (Along with gluten-free and vegan versions of every single recipe. Hello!) The next chance I get, I'm headed straight to the kitchen with this book in hand."
The Kitchn

About the Author

Lara Ferroni is a food writer and photographer who lives in Portland, OR. She is also the author (and photographer) of Doughnuts, Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home. You can find her work on Epicurious.com and Gourmet Live as well as in Imbibe Magazine, Edible Communities, and other Pacific Northwest magazines and numerous cookbooks. Visit her blog, laraferroni.com.

More About the Author

I didn't really mean to become a photographer. But with the first photo that I took of a batch of homemade raspberry scones, I knew I was a goner. My family quickly learned to ask first before digging in with their forks as I became completely snap-happy around any kind of food. Family vacations were hijacked to make special trips to particularly photogenic markets or restaurants.

Luckily for me, and my family, this passion quickly turned into something a bit more useful... beautiful images of food, travel and life for editorial publications and advertising.

And then, I didn't really mean to become a cookbook author. But photos led to recipes led to this crazy notion that the world needed a cookbook dedicated to doughnuts!

I hope you enjoy!

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Good book, very easy to follow.
G. Meskill
I could spend the next year just cooking snacks from this book.
EmmaC
And there is also a gluten free option for every recipe.
Stephanie Lowe

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Q Fagan on November 14, 2012
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These are just great recipes for fun items that I never would have thought I could make.
The best part is that each recipe contains choices of ingredients so you can decide how healthy or decadent you want to make them.

I'm going to be using a lot of these recipes for upcoming holiday parties
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson on January 30, 2013
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What can I say? I really love this book. I have made 4 recipes and they all turned out fabulously delicious. The first thing that caught my eye browsing was the crackers sections so the first thing I tried out was the butter crackers. My search for the best homemade crackers is over, these crackers were crispy buttery goodness; my daughter prefers these to store bought wheat thins. It's great with savory spreads, nutella or peanut butter. The gluten free cinnamon rolls are soooo good! My husband has requested the rolls twice already and I've only had the book for a week.
I especially love that most of the recipes have a gluten free variation. I have a gluten free kitchen and these recipes are just perfect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K.M.T. on March 14, 2013
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I bought this book so I could make crackers to pack in my kids lunches for school. Even though there are 100% natural & organic crackers available at the store, the ingredient lists are very long, and with a lot of things I do not recognize. I started off by making the recipe for goldfish crackers--although mine did not turn out like the picture (nor did I get the quantity of fish the recipe said I would), my kids went crazy for them.
This cookbook is very easy to follow, and there are nice pictures of almost every recipe. She puts an ingredient glossary in the beginning, which I found to be very informative and helpful. Recipes are simple, and directions are clearly written. A+
Although (as the author clearly states) these recipes are NOT low fat or healthy, they are wonderful for special occasions (the homemade twinkies are awesome & easy).
I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tarnishedimages on December 6, 2012
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I have just looked through this book and cannot wait to start baking. This book includes all the snack food I grew up with, but with a healthier twist. I loved comparing the differences between ingredients in the book and what is in the actual store bought snack food. I do not think I will even by another processed snack food again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas on August 3, 2013
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You see them lining the walls at the grocery store: Twinkies, Doritos, Oreos, Pretzels...and you pack your buggy full of the yummy snacks. But how many of us think to look at the back of the package and see what really makes up these snacks we all know and love? You'd be surprised at the amount of ingredients used to make these Frankenstein-esque goodies. But now, thanks to this book, you can make your own homemade versions of these tasty goodies just like the title says...without all the junk! So get this book and go to town, I think you'll be impressed. I know I am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EmmaC on December 4, 2012
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I could spend the next year just cooking snacks from this book. There are so many fun projects, from simple quick snacks to more in depth ones. I can't wait to try the yogurt-covered raisins and the cheese powder for popcorn. Hooray!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Hoffman on March 29, 2013
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The recipes are pretty simple and very tasty! Recipes call for common ingredients that are much better for you than the store bought counterparts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Meskill on February 21, 2013
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Good book, very easy to follow. Tried the (hot pocket) ham and cheese pastry and it turned out very tasty.
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