Treat Yourself Cookbook Review

Treat Yourself Cookbook Review

Title: Treat Yourself!: How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats
Author: Jessica Siskin
Published: August 8, 2017, Workman Publishing
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $14.95 Paperback, $8.49 Kindle

What a fun book! Jessica Siskin, who admits that she isn’t a cook, has taken Crispy Rice Treats to another level in her book, Treat Yourself!: How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats. Not only has she perfected the recipe (which isn’t huge, since most of us make them successfully from time to time, but her recipes turn out perfectly and there is a chart so that they can be made different quantities for projects), but she has used her amazing imagination to create treats in shapes and colors that most of us haven’t even imagined. Who knew that crispy rice treats could be made into amazing works of art!

There are instructions for treats shaped like bagels and lox, a wizard hat, a mouthwatering cheeseburger, apples that are red on the outside and white when they’re sliced just like real apples. There is a darling gingerbread man for Christmas, and a spider web for Halloween. The watermelon is very clever, and can be sliced just like a real one. There is a bicycle, a bikini, a zebra, and a slice of pizza. Siskin has included sushi, a fishbowl, a Christmas Tree and a Statue of Liberty. There are dozens of other ideas, and her ideas will surely motivate you to think of a few projects of your own.

Each Crispy Rice “Project” is photographed, and there are easy-to-follow instructions for amounts, coloring, shaping, and decorating different shapes suitable for dozens of occasions. The Easter Egg was really quite simple, and some, like the breast cancer ribbon, are no-brainers. There are a few that are a little more involved, but definitely doable.

It’s nice to see that even a non-cook can write a good cookbook that will inspire everyone; Siskin’s creative no-bake treats will set off our own creative ideas allowing us to create beautiful, edible treats for every occasion. These crispy rice projects make great centerpieces for holiday parties, and are always a good idea to take to a pot-luck or gathering. This fun book is definitely recommended for everyone who likes to have a little fun in the kitchen, even kids.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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