Street food has made a gastronomic about-face. While hot dog trucks still ply the streets, the landscape now is filled with trucks filled with gourmet foods. The Treats Truck, a silver truck, aptly nicknamed Sugar, was a pioneer in gourmet street fare, offering the best and sweetest of cookies, brownies, and other goodies to New Yorkers. The impatient denizens of one of the world's fastest cities slow down, line up, and actually wait patiently for their turn at the Treat Truck. If you missed the truck, or live far away, in The Treat Truck Baking Book, the irrepressible Kim Ima, baker and author, shares the exceptional recipes that turn New Yorkers from hares into tortoises. Delicious treats lie within these pages, reflecting Ima's motto, "Not too fancy, always delicious."
Ima starts the book with cookies, stating, "Cookies might just be one of the best inventions on earth. A cookie can really brighten up a day or be the best gift ever." We know from that statement that Ima brings zest and joy to her baking. The enthusiasm in The Treats Truck Baking Book is contagious, and the home cook can make delicious, gourmet level cookies such as Chocolate Chippers, Lemony Lemon Dot Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Gingerbread Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies: Old-Fashioned, Plain Jane, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers. If sandwich cookies are your preference, try recipes such as Raspberry Rings, Cinnamon Sandwich Cookies, Chocolate Truckers, or Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.
Get richer and even sweeter with Brownies, Bars and Squares, or with Cakes and the ever-popular Cupcakes, so handy on the go. There are recipes such as Raspberry Brownies, Cream Cheese Brownies, Apricot Squares and Lemon Squares. If you want a celebratory cake, try Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes, Pumpkin Cake, Poppy Seed Cake, Coconut Cake, Apple Passover Cake, or Our Favorite Chocolate Cake.
Ima is a baker for all seasons, missing no aspect of tempting delight. If you want a pie, she offers several pie crusts and recipes for some classics such as Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Banana Cream Pie and Chocolate Pie.
Saying, "I get pretty excited when it's time to frost a cake or put the finishing touches on a cookie. Putting it all together is so satisfying," Ima also offers a chapter on Frostings, Fillings, & Toppings, Sprinkles & Sugar.
Not only does The Treat Trucks Baking Book have foolproof recipes, it is a happy book, one to enhance your baking experience with a zest of its own. The book is as colorful as its creator.