April 08, 2015

Spunky sugar maven and courageously playful leader of the

MLB's recipe index doesn't exactly fall in line with CL's nutrition parameters, but the heart and unadulterated sense of adventure behind this cookie-slinging rock star's cooking is something that most anyone who loves food, loves making it, and loves sharing it can stand by. Tosi makes clear with this second book that yes, she's a busy busy lady with a serious career and an image to maintain. I mean, we're about to see her as a panelist on  Master Chef Junior (arguably the greatest cooking show of all time)... she's basically killing it. But every bit of that aside, she continues to walk into a kitchen each day because she believes that that's how she can deliver joy most profoundly, how she can build community, and how she can make a difference in the sphere around her. The oddball compilation of recipes awaiting behind this cover sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles and potato chips could not exist otherwise. Since I picked up her first cookbook published in 2011, Tosi has enchanted and inspired me with her curious spirit in the kitchen, the love she pours into feeding people, and her fearless attitude about embracing Cap'n Crunch as a legitimate pillar in her professional life.

That being that, here are 12 reasons you, too, should embrace the Milk Bar life and make a pretty new addition to your cookbook shelf today:

Reason #1: You didn't buy it yesterday, come on.

Reason#2: Desperation Nachos will forever change the way you look at seemingly hopeless leftover scraps in your fridge. They matter.

Reason #3: Instead of calling it something like "another power salad," Tosi calls her quinoa, blueberry, almond-studded green salad an XXXL Lady Salad. That's my kind of salad-tude.

Reason #4: There's a challenge involved--a Bo Ssam Challenge! Who doesn't love a Bo Ssam Challenge?

Reason #5: Even if you don't read the anecdotes or make any of the recipes (which would be weird of you), MBL makes a lovely picture book. The photos of food are fun and the photo's of Tosi's life/friends are pretty and will have you aspiring to likewise wear mustard yellow large-knit sweaters and floral head scarves.

Reason #6: You'll find fun ways to use up Ritz Crackers, Cornflakes, Tang, and other random supermarket gems you might have hanging out in your pantry for a few weeks too long.

Reason #7: Everything about this book will make you want to throw a wacky fun dinner party. I'm planning to. And I'm so excited about it. There's no way around it.

Reason #8: Four words for you-- Corn. Bread. Ice. Cream.

Reason #9: Tosi provides a solid, cut-and-dry guide to grilling. And if the idea of cooking outdoors over an open flame confuses or intimidates you, Christina seems like a really nice person to hold your hand through it.

Reason #10: There's a chapter titled Freakin' Weekend. I know you wanna know what that's all about.

Reason #11: This quote--I want to create a world where cookies let people know it's going to be okay and remind them to let their imaginations run free.I feel ya, girl.

Reason #12: Tosi gracefully explains what the term OG (Original Gangster) means. Not sure if this is a common plight, but I can't tell you how many times I've described someone or something as OG and been met with confused expressions begging for explanation. Now, at least there's a reputable text I can refer people to.




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