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Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites Paperback – September 25, 2012
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“In the centuries-old squabble between sweet and salty, I’ve always sided with the latter and simply love this entire compendium. Cynthia Nims has created the definitive handbook to snackage perfectly tailored to the salty dog I am. Complete with history, definitions, and recipes, Salty Snacks is comprehensive, inventive, and destined for much use in the Batali kitchen.”
—Mario Batali, chef, author, and cohost of The Chew
“As someone who gave up sugar for salt when I went to cooking school, I applaud the slant of this book. And it gets better—not only are these snacks salty, but they’re also crunchy. So now you too can make your own chips, crackers, pretzels, and more. And the assortment of snacks is wildly creative; even vegetables and grains get dressed up in a snack suit. This book would be a perfect housewarming or holiday gift.”
—Sara Moulton, host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals and author of the Sara’s Kitchenapp
About the Author
CYNTHIA NIMS studied cooking at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and has authored or coauthored thirteen cookbooks, including Gourmet Game Night, Memorable Recipes, and Rover’s. She is the former editor of Simply Seafood magazine and food editor for Seattle Magazine, and she contributes to Cooking Light, Coastal Living, and Sunset. She and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and her blog, Mon Appétit, can be found at www.monappetit.com.
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There is a good introduction to salty snacks and their evolution in healthfulness. Tools and techniques are covered, and there are pictures of some of the finished recipes. Not all the snacks - even the chips, are fried, some are baked. Most of the recipes do not start from scratch. The tortilla crisps are made from ready-made tortillas, for example. There are shopping resources and an index.
Some of the recipes that we have tried and enjoyed are; portabella chips, anchovy crisps, cheddar ale bread, olive focaccia with lemon - except I left out the lemon, the best crackers (the last 3 recipes are made from scratch), salami chips with grainy mustard dip, toasted walnuts with tart cherries and rosemary. These give you an idea of some of the different kinds of snacks that are included.
This would be a good book for cookbook collectors and snack lovers.