The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!

Kim Ima runs a food vendor truck in New York City, called The Treats Truck. She also has a bakery and café at The Treats Truck Shop in Brooklyn. In the book The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore! she shares the recipes that have made The Treats Truck famous.

The Treats Truck Book is organized with recipes for Cookies; Sandwich Cookies; Brownies, Bars & Squares; Frostings, Fillings & Toppings, Sprinkles & Sugars; Cakes & Cupcakes; and Pies. With each recipe there is an introduction, a list of ingredients listed on the left side and the instructions are in the middle section. Occasionally there are variations for the recipes listed in a colored box. All of this is very clear and baker friendly. In addition, there are Mix&Match offerings that list frosting and treat combinations throughout the book with the recipe page number included. The book is well-organized and includes an Index.

Ima loves treats and that comes out in her introductions and other hints throughout the book. There are not photographs for each recipe but there are many scattered throughout the book. She has also used color with a different colored border including the words Treats are Good!, her tagline, on each recipe page. Ingredients are in a bolded blue font, which makes them easy to see. The instructions for the recipes are in a blue font that for some people and in some lighting may be harder to read but I had no difficulty.

Having a brother-in-law who is gluten intolerant I was glad to see several recipes that were gluten-free but I think if that was more prominent it would be helpful. I had trouble going back to find a recipe that she had said was gluten-free and if there was a section listed in the Index that would have helped.

I tried a recipe and the cookies were delicious, and if I did not have all kinds of Christmas cookies still around I would have made more. There are a number of recipes I have marked to try once the holidays are over. This book would be a welcome addition to any baker’s cookbook collection and for those who have tasted The Treats Truck selections this book would be a great gift. I look forward to visiting her store or truck the next time I visit New York City.

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