The Hostess Twinkies Cookbook

Hostess Brands, LLC. The Hostess Twinkies Cookbook: Twinkies 85th Anniversary Edition: A New Sweet and Savory Recipe Collection from America’s Most Iconic Snack Cake. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2105.

SUMMARY:
TwinkieFilled with a bit of Twinkie history, easy and fun recipes, beautiful photography and tons of childhood memories, The Hostess Twinkies Cookbook features the iconic snack cake in new imaginative ways. From Pigs in a Twinkie, to Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake, to Twinkie Corndog and even Twinkie Sushi, this fun-sized and sweet-themed cookbook is sure to illicit fond recollections from years past to share forward.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Fun!! As a cookbook-fan and a (frozen) Twinkie-lover, I admit to indulging for a brief time with this super-cute book. Though I enjoy my Twinkies pure from the package, I am sure my teenage-son will be more than willing to try some of the included recipes (Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chocolate-Covered Twinkies). Part nostalgic, part yummy, part iconic, part heartwarming, this updated Twinkies Cookbook is like a warm hug from mom packed in a lunchbox all over again! Enjoyed in moderation with sweet, sentimental memories…priceless!!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Hostess Twinkies Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Treat Yourself

Steinhauer, Jennifer. Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks. USA: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
treatsCandy-Dots, Cheez-Its, Honey Buns, Oatmeal Creme Pies…70 of the most loved treats compiled in one fun recipe book! Loaded with extra tips, preparation time, personal memories, iconic treat information and scrumptious pictures, Treat Yourself is a trip down memory lane complete with delectable sweet treats!!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
What a brilliant book! Full of childhood memories which can now be shared with a new generation, Treat Yourself shares the author’s memories of each classic delight as well as a homemade recipe for recreating the delicacy. Though not store-bought nor commercial made, the resulting feast is sure to bring back huge smiles, fond reminders of the “good-old-days”, stories to share, lots of reminiscing and of course, a goodie to devour! Along with the recipes, Jennifer Steinhauer also comments on each item which is an enjoyable addition. Rest assured…the more contemporary homemade treats will be close enough to the original with all the same characteristics (albeit a bit more healthy) but it is the experience which is definitely worth the read and the time spent baking. Perfect as a gift, this cookbook and recipes would also be appreciated at a birthday party, summer picnic, get-together, or family reunion. Loads of pleasure awaits!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Treat Yourself from Blogging For Books and the Publisher for my honest review*