Near the end of 2011 I received two cookbooks to review via the Amazon Vine Program and today I want to share my evaluation of one of these books. The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!is a fairly small book of only 159 pages from start to finish, you might expect a lot more given the long title, huh?
The Treats Truck can be found in Brooklyn, New York, so not far from where I lived in the mid 1990s while I earned my master's and then continued some other work at Columbia University including getting my first two book published. I never saw the Treats Truck, but then it's been a while, right? From this cookbook it looks like a storefront plus a truck they send out with treats to sell along the street or in parks and other locations. The book has photos of the truck, the lady in charge, Kim Ima, along with customers enjoying their treats. What is lacking are the traditional photos of the recipes' results. Instead of these photos the book has a lot of colorful graphics and drawings; cute but not a big help when you want to check to see if your batter looks like it should or you want inspiration to urge you to put in an extra effort to try and get your pie to match the picture.
Graphics and photos aside, I think the most important aspect of any cookbook is the recipes. Are they clear? Can you follow them? Are techniques described so that someone with less experience can figure things out? On this front The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore! is fairly good but not great. Most of the techniques are described in opening sections though a few hints are included in individual recipes. Each of the recipes I tried missed something or didn't offer a hint that could have been very helpful. I tried three recipes so let's look at those.
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The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!