Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites Paperback – Sep 25 2012
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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 www.monappetit.com.
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There are not many cookbooks that feature these kinds of snack recipes. It was a pleasure to browse through this collection and to also read the many tips and suggestions that author has given, for successfully making these original and well-explained snack time recipes.
I'm taking off one star as I would have appreciated more vegetarian options. There is quite an emphasis on meat in this book and that was a bit of a turn-off for me, being a long time vegetarian.
On the plus side, there is a good variety of recipes overall and I definitely found quite a few that ARE vegetarian-friendly and that I do plan to try in the future.
Geraldine Helen Hartman, award winning cookbook author
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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.
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.