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Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites Paperback – Sep 25 2012

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607741814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607741817
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In the centuries-old squabble between sweet and salty, I’ve always sided with the latter and simply love this entire compendium. Cynthia Nims has created the definitive handbook to snackage perfectly tailored to the salty dog I am. Complete with history, definitions, and recipes, Salty Snacks is comprehensive, inventive, and destined for much use in the Batali kitchen.”
—Mario Batali, chef, author, and cohost of The Chew
“As someone who gave up sugar for salt when I went to cooking school, I applaud the slant of this book. And it gets better—not only are these snacks salty, but they’re also crunchy. So now you too can make your own chips, crackers, pretzels, and more. And the assortment of snacks is wildly creative; even vegetables and grains get dressed up in a snack suit. This book would be a perfect housewarming or holiday gift.”
—Sara Moulton, host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals and author of the Sara’s Kitchenapp

About the Author

 CYNTHIA NIMS studied cooking at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and has authored or coauthored thirteen cookbooks, including Gourmet Game Night, Memorable Recipes, and Rover’s. She is the former editor of Simply Seafood magazine and food editor for Seattle Magazine, and she contributes to Cooking Light, Coastal Living, and Sunset. She and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and her blog, Mon Appétit, can be found at

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Salty crunch food group Oct. 23 2012
By wogan - Published on
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There are about 75 recipes in this little cookbook. It contains; crisps and chips, breads and pastries, crackers and savory cookies, meat and seafood, nuts and nibbles vegetables and grains, dips and spreads. All of these fall into the snack category, there are no hearty sides or meals; but these are not the run of the mill snacks either.

There is a good introduction to salty snacks and their evolution in healthfulness. Tools and techniques are covered, and there are pictures of some of the finished recipes. Not all the snacks - even the chips, are fried, some are baked. Most of the recipes do not start from scratch. The tortilla crisps are made from ready-made tortillas, for example. There are shopping resources and an index.

Some of the recipes that we have tried and enjoyed are; portabella chips, anchovy crisps, cheddar ale bread, olive focaccia with lemon - except I left out the lemon, the best crackers (the last 3 recipes are made from scratch), salami chips with grainy mustard dip, toasted walnuts with tart cherries and rosemary. These give you an idea of some of the different kinds of snacks that are included.
This would be a good book for cookbook collectors and snack lovers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unusual and delicious recipes April 4 2013
By SusanS - Published on
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I love to cook but am always at a loss when finding a good go-to appetizer to bring to a party. When I saw that Cynthia Nims was the cookbook author for Salty Snacks, I knew the recipes would be delicious and reliable. I wasn't wrong. What I especially enjoy about this book though are the unusual and unexpected recipes. "Cookies" that are savory for example or meringues that have finely diced popcorn in them for a grown up version of kettle corn in a meringue. While these unusual twists are fun, the more tradiional recipes are also a cut above. The pretzels taste delicious with the addition of mustard. I took them to a party and they were devoured quickly. If you're looking for a great appetizer book and/or enjoy Cynthia Nims recipes, you must get a copy of this one!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Must-have Cookbook to Add to Your Collection Dec 29 2012
By Cathy - Published on
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I checked this book out at the library and there were so many must-have recipes that I ordered my own copy. Healthy to decadent, easy to intricate -- there are irresistible options for every snack opportunity.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great purchase! Dec 15 2012
By Paula Sims - Published on
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The recipes are fairly simple with an unexpected twist. Ordinary ingredients have been dressed up very nicely. Buy this book if you're looking for fantastic appetizers.
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Never buying chips again. March 25 2013
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You gotta get this one! I loved the snack recipes as well as the condiments. This book really shows you how easy it is to make some of your favorites snacks at home plus offers some new ideas that quickly became favs of mine. My absolute favorites from the book are the Parmesan- Pink Peppercorn crisps (chipes made from grated parmesan with crushed pink peppercorn that offer and irresistible combo) and Salami chips with grainy Mustard. I can eat the mustard in spoonfuls and the salami chips are super thin and crispy.

Everything is fun and pretty easy to make and a heck of a lot healthier than that crap you buy in the store. Even health food snacks. I'm so happy i purchased this book and its got me wanting to find as many homemade snacks as possible.