Review: Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

I don’t give much credit to fad diets or any diet that involves you completely cutting something out of what you typically eat. First of all, you have to be extremely dedicated to them and second, if you want to bring those foods back into your life again, you tend to gain the pounds right back. At least this is true for a lot of people I know.

I think it is important to watch what we put into our bodies. I’ve made it a mission to slowly get rid of a lot of the processed stuff that my husband and I typically eat. I don’t think switching completely all at once is the best idea. First of all, cheaper foods tend to have more junk in them and it gets expensive to buy healthier options, and second, I want our decisions to stick.

I was excited to have an opportunity to review Treat Yourself for these reasons. The book is filled with tons of recipes for those foods such as Fritos, Twinkies and Girl Scout Cookies. One thing about making things yourself from scratch, is that you can control what you put into it.

Also, don’t forget to look at the bottom of this post for how you can enter for a chance to win a print copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Through the Deep Waters!

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From the inside flap: 

If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.

After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

So go ahead—treat yourself to your own homemade version of these favorites:

• Samoas, Pecan Sandies, Chips Ahoy!, and other classic cookies

• Nutter Butters, Mint Milanos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and other sweet sandwich cookies

• Twinkies, Drake’s Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and other snack cakes

• Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini-Pies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and other fruity, filled treats

• Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Funyuns, and other salty, savory snacks

• Cracker Jacks, Goo Goo Clusters, Candy Dots, and other candy favorites

• Orange Creamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops, Nutty Buddies, and other frozen treats

The pictures in this book are wonderful. I can’t help but flip through and start drooling over all the recipes of things I try to avoid.

The introduction to this book resonates with me in why she set out to write this book. First for a bit of nostalgia, but second, to enjoy the same treats in a (slightly) healthier way. Jennifer Steinhaur’s writing is conversational and you can picture having a talk with her in your kitchen. She also gives a helpful list of kitchen tools to have on hand and why they are beneficial.

The majority of the recipes call for ingredients that I regularly keep in my fridge or pantry. I love cookbooks like that. Usually when I start browsing through them, I want to make something right away and I don’t want to go to the store first!

A number of the recipes don’t look how we picture their store-bought counterparts. The Oreos are without their design on the cookie and the windmill cookies, aren’t well windmills. With the introductions to each recipe, Jennifer tells us how she adjusted something or a bit of history behind the more familiar store-bought food.

This is a fun cookbook. I would imagine that for parents, there are a lot of fun recipes to make for children to take into school. I might just make some for my husband to take into his coworkers. It would be hard for someone to not appreciate this cookbook, in my opinion.

For more on the author or this book, please check out the following links:

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**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win Through Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This is a wonderful book. Click on the book cover for more details.Contest is open until Aug. 20.

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