Book Review: “Milk Bar Life” by Christina Tosi

I was super excited to check out Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories because I haven’t ever been to Momofuku Milk Bar, but I have heard countless rave reviews about it plus my son has been BEGGING me to make cookies from scratch with him – apparently even a soon-to-be 5 year old is too good for rolls of store bought cookie dough – so this was the perfect opportunity to give some fancy pants real cookies a shot... or at least I thought it was, even though there was an entire cookie section they were all very basic chocolate chip, snicker doodle, buckeyes, and sugar cookies.  The real cookie standout was the Fruity-Pebbles Meringues with Passion Fruit Curd.

The cover image should have been an indicator to me of what to expect with the recipes - they actually use chips, Ritz crackers, and Velveeta (quite a bit of processed prepackaged foods) in the recipes making most of them sound really gross to me.  An entire one of the recipes is margarine with Tang on toast - yes, I'm talking about the powdered drink mix.  The photos inside were a little disappointing as well, if you are telling someone to put these funky ingredients into a recipe, you really need to have a photo of the finished product or I'm not willing to try it.  There are plenty of cute photos of dinner parties, insides of kitchen drawers, and friends, more photos of the actual food would have been nice.  The back story part of the book is really cute, but it is a cook book after all and the food in it sounds like ideas to prepare for a white trash party.

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