I was super excited to receive this cookbook; I loved Christina's first book. When in New York, I usually stay in a hotel just around the corner from Milk Bar and I occasionally hop in for a sweet snack....cereal milk, crack pie, and more crack pie. I have even enjoyed the messy pleasure of making crack pies (and not wasting time with a knife and plate but going straight to the pie-plate with my fork). So, when I tell you that I was super excited to receive this book, you should believe me.
As I began reading the book, I was somewhat gob-smacked. Why does the book include recipes for cookie-dough cookie, cinnamon toast, store-bought pretzels with blue-cheese scattered on them, 7-layer salad, and something made with spaghettios? I was incredulous as I read a recipe for a ritz cracker cake where the ingredients are grape jelly, cool whip, and ritz crackers. Yuck! I was really disappointed with this book overall as I expected so much more from this talented and whimsical chef (No, I don't consider ritz cracker cake whimsical). There are a few winning recipes in this book; however these recipes have been covered time and time again in many other cookbooks. But I will give these recipes a shot...grandma's oatmeal cookies, rosemary nuts, and banana cookies. I can only have hope for Christina's next book.