Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer is one of those baking books that reminds you what was great about being a kid: junk food favorites. Not only does Steinhauer share her most beloved snacks as a kid, she also teaches you how to prepare them.
The introduction gives you the gensis of how the author’s love for snacks and the initial concept for this book. The book, in her words, is not about emulating famous name brand snacks, but how to successfully make them as your own; by developing her own recipes, Steinhauer does just that.
With this book, I was able to walk down memory lane of my favorite childhood snacks, and some of which, to my dismay for quite some time, are no longer in production. I was able to make my own frosted oatmeal cookies which are practically on their last legs on store shelves, as well as my favorite oatmeal pies. For those who lack the heart for sweets, there are plenty of savory recipes included balancing the book out nicely.
If you like a little history about your food, you’ll enjoy the introductions to all the chapters, and the anecdotes above each recipe are a must-read. The recipes are especially made for the home baker: they are easy to read and follow, and the ingredients can be found in any grocery store including Wal-Mart.
My one piece of advice for buying this book is to buy it for both the recipes and nostalgia it brings. I can’t even tell you how long my mom and I reminisced over all our favorite snacks from when we were kids until now, and how our tastebuds remain trapped in our childhoods.