With a little bit of cool, a little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit of new, Milk Bar Life introduces readers to Christina Tosi’s no-frills, yet fun style of cooking and eating.
There are so many recipes in Milk Bar Life that are familiar,but with a new twist, that I feel like I’m in my mom’s kitchen of my childhood, waiting for an after-school snack of chocolate chip cookies or a weeknight meal of beef roast with gravy.
I have a junior chef in my house, and when Milk Bar Life arrived, he was immediately intrigued by it and started flipping through to check it out. His comment was, “Mommy, I love how they aren’t worried about making the food pretty, but they make it real and good.” That really sums up my feelings about this book (although I do think the photographs are pretty). This is one of those cookbooks that offers more than just inspiration–the food is real and comforting and doable:
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Chicken Potpie
- Marky’s Butter Burgers
- Smoked Turkey Breast
- Burnt-Honey-Butter Kale With Sesame Seeds
- Stewed Tomatoes
- Zucchini Parm
- Party Nachos
- Lemon Bars
- Cinnamon Buns
Oh, yes, we have a whole slew of new recipes to try, and our meal planning has just gone to a whole new level. Trying new things, branching out, but staying true to the ease and familiarity of comfort classics. Milk Bar Life will be out on the kitchen counter more than it will be on the shelf at my house.
The publisher provided a review copy of Milk Bar Life.