Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: Sneak Peek for the Holidays

Casey Barber

by Casey Barber on December 6, 2012

In the spirit of the holiday season, here’s an early gift from me to you (well, I’m doing it in the selfish hope that it inspires you to buy for yourself and others; isn’t that the American way?): a sneak peek at a few images from my forthcoming cookbook, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats. [Side note and grammar lesson of the day—yes, it's spelled "sneak peek" and not "sneak peak," unless you happen to be describing a mountain with a devious attitude that likes to creep around like a ninja.]

homemade animal crackers and goldfish crackers
Aw, look at those plump little goldfish. Look at the jaunty lion stalking the gator cookie. Don’t they inspire you to click over and pre-order a copy from Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or
Indiebound (which connects you to your local independent bookstore)? Those of you who pre-order (from Amazon, at least; I can’t confirm the shipping habits of other outlets) will most certainly get your copy before the official on-sale date of February 12, so you’ll be able to wrap up a book in time for Valentine’s Day. Believe me, nothing says “I love you” more than homemade Hostess cupcakes. Ask my husband.

If the tease of adorable animal crackers or cream-filled homemade Hostess aren’t enough, don’t listen to me. Listen to someone as cool as Momofuku Milk Bar‘s resident genius Christina Tosi, who thinks the book’s got “a sense of humor, nurture, and flavor” and that it “embraces the spirit of any good American palate with a DIY sensibility.” How’s that for a thumbs-up?

And stay tuned to Good. Food. Stories. in January for details on the Classic Snacks book tour, which is coming together as we speak. I’ll be visiting New York (both Manhattan and Brooklyn), Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Austin for signings, snack parties, and demonstrations this spring and summer.

homemade Creamsicles and Fruit Roll-Ups
Finally, as a little whipped cream (or marshmallow topping) on the sundae of news today, if you missed any of my coverage and commentary on the recent announcement that Hostess Brands is liquidating, here’s a link roundup:

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Erika December 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

What about Chicago? Are you visiting Chicago? How about Madison? We like snacks made from scratch!


Casey Barber December 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Erika, I may do events in Chicago later in the summer, but since my travel budget comes out of my own pocket, we’ll see what’s possible! Got anyone who wants to sponsor a trip out there for me?


Aimee @ Simple Bites December 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

This is crazy exciting!! I’m not a Twinkie girl, but I’m pretty excited about becoming a hero with my kids when I make homemade goldfish.

Gorgeous photos. Such fun!


Shaina December 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I want to meet that mountain in a dark alley. I’m so short, I’ll bet I can go undetected, ninja-like stealth or not. Mountains never look down. They loom. I’m excited for those Goldfish, as we can’t consume them with their “new improved flavor.”


Casey Barber December 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

It’s true, mountains totally ignore the little people, so I bet you could get the best of that sneaky peak. I love that you got my little joke!


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