My new cookbook of the month is “Milk Bar Life” by Christina Tosi. This is a very colorful book with lots of illustrations and great recipes that give you a peak into Christina’s life. This book tells a story like no other. There is a lot of emotion that I feel coming from the book, generally feels like a book is written by a female author for female readers. There is this strange je ne sais quoi about this book that gives you this positive girly vibe, and you just want to immerse yourself into Christina’s cookies, heirloom recipes, and wonderful experiments with familiar ingredients.

There is definitely a lot of cooking art that goes into creating masterpieces from regular ingredients like refrigerated pie dough and pretzels, and I mean it in a good way. When I read this book, it makes me want to try the food, try making it myself, and read the book and all the sentiments and emotions that the author put on paper.

So far I have tried one recipe from the book, but there will be more to come! I have made maple pecan cookies! I did not have any corn starch around so I substituted corn starch for tapioca. One thing I forgot to do is soak my tapioca. I just put it as it was, in the form of little hard balls, and, of course, tapioca did not have any way of getting into the right consistency, so now I ended up with a lot of cookies with little tiny teeth-breaking little balls in them. I am able to eat the cookies, but nobody else is eating them so far – and I love them! I have used some great ingredients here in these cookies – maple syrup and almond flour. The cookies turned out very nutty, and quite edible! I think I have been eating 3 times as much as I really should eat here.

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I used my assorted cookie cutters to form these cookies into shapes – it worked out pretty well!

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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