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The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore! Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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“Kim Ima is bringing her homey desserts straight to your kitchen…. The cheerful Treats Truck owner’s new cookbook gives home bakers all the tips and tools they’ll need to perfect sandwich cookies, ice cream cone cupcakes and more.” (New York Daily News)
From the Back Cover
Hi! My name is Kim (or the Treats Truck lady), and I love treats.
I love them.
And I’m very excited to share with you my favorite recipes for cookies, brownies, bars, cakes, pies, and specials from the truck.
Mix and Match with your own touches as you wish!
Bake for your friends and family! Neighbors! Coworkers! Classmates! Secret crush! Beloved great-aunt!
(Or just for your own delight!)
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First and foremost, the recipes are spot-on. I'm not an accomplished baker, so I appreciate the tips sprinkled throughout the book. She clearly states which ingredients she uses, like unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, whole milk and large eggs. This is helpful as I don't know, for example, the difference between light brown sugar and dark brown sugar, and I find these distinctions are not always specified in other cookbooks. To date, I've made my three favorite treats: oatmeal jammies (with apricot jam), coconut macaroons, and cran-almond crispies. Prep was quick and uncomplicated, the recipe lists straightforward, and most importantly, all three turned out perfectly. I like the approach to baking as something that should be fun, simple and delicious. I also see a lot of mix-and-match options riffing off the basic recipes, which I think gives a lot of bang for your buck.
Second, the design is just terrific. Echoing a previous reviewer, props to Harper Collins for publishing a cookbook that clearly breaks through a sea of sameness in an over-saturated cookbook market. It is Kim's and the Treats Truck's philosophy to the core; anything less colorful, less quirky or less fun would have been an injustice to the Treats Truck brand. It's well laid out and the print is easy-to-read and follow. The illustrations are particularly charming; clearly the designer put a lot of love into this book and it shows.
I had a lot of expectations for this cookbook and they've all been surpassed. I plan to give out copies of this book, accompanied by a batch of oatmeal jammies, as holiday hostess gifts.
The first day I got the book I ended up baking vanilla cupcakes with my friend's 2 year old daughter and she loved them! My teenage kids went crazy and bookmarked all the recipes they wanted me to try immediately. So far the oatmeal cookies were the only ones which were not positively reviewed. The chocolate chippers and trucker cookie sandwiches however were a big hit. I personally find the buttercream frosting too sweet (and I love sugar and things sweet!) but my kids loved it. At first I thought it was strange that there were no eggs in the chocolate chocolate cookies, but they were dense and tasty, and the recipe came out perfect.
I haven't had time to make more recipes but the book is sitting on my kitchen counter waiting for me to try more!
This is the perfect book for a beginner baker as it has all the baked goods people like with every day ingredients you would have in your pantry.