Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats without All the Junk

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats without All the Junk


By (author) Lara Ferroni

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  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 201mm x 15mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle, WA
  • ISBN 10: 1570617880
  • ISBN 13: 9781570617881
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 156,452

Product description

Imagine Twinkies, Doritos and Cheez-Its without the artificial colours and preservatives, full of wonderful flavours and nutrients from whole grains and natural sugars and easily made in your own kitchen. Lara Ferroni shows you how with this collection of 50 nostalgic childhood treats that satisfy your junk food cravings, but without all the junk. For those with gluten sensitivity or who prefer vegan treats, many recipes offer suggestions as well.

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Author information

Lara Ferroni is a food writer and photographer who lives in Portland, OR. She is also the author (and photographer) of "Doughnuts, Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home." You can find her work on and Gourmet Live as well as in Imbibe Magazine, Edible Communities, and other Pacific Northwest magazines and numerous cookbooks. Visit her blog,

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"Brilliant! All the childhood treats I'm nostalgic for in one smart volume. Toaster tarts, cereal bars, and ice cream sandwiches made from real ingredients? I'll take one of each, please."Heidi Swanson, author of "Super Natural Everyday" "Lara's book is a beautifully photographed selection of 'gouters' (snacks) that will make you want to rush into the kitchen and bake for your children, family, and friends. If you feel short of ideas to make healthful snacks (also gluten free and vegan), her book has the answer."Bea Peltre, " La Tartine Gourmande""Real Snacks is a dream come true. We all know we should eat quinoa, kale, and carrots at every meal, but sometimes we need a treat. If that treat is made with whole grains and alternative sweeteners, all the better. Lara Ferroni's playful yet truly helpful book introduces readers to unfamiliar ingredients such as amaranth flour or coconut palm sugar in the midst of making moon pies, chocolate toffee bars, and crunchy cheese puffs. That so many of the recipes can be made gluten-free is a boon for those of us who have to avoid gluten entirely. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make some nacho cheese tortilla chips." Shauna Ahern, "Gluten-Free Girl" "This book, like "Doughnuts," punches way above its weight in every category--aesthetics, recipes, variety, and nostalgia. All your childhood favorites are here: twinkies, Hostess cupcakes, powdered donettes, caramel corn, fig newtons, goldfish, moon pies, sugar wafers, pop tarts, thin mints, cheez-its... The mindboggles!! I really can't believe Lara has put this together! Gluten-free and vegan options make it accessible for everyone. This book is worth every penny, and would be tremendously appreciated by anyone who loves baking!"Kristina Gill, " Matt Bites" "If you're one of those people who reads the ingredient ilst on the back of a bag of Cheetos but buys them anyway, this one's for you. Lara Ferroni is coming to the rescue. She