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The written word has always been a joy for me.  I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby.  As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft.  I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit.  Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing.  I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The 85th Anniversary Twinkie Cookbook is a Real Treat!

When I think of Twinkies, I think of zombies.  I can’t help it.  I happen to love the movie “Zombieland,” and throughout the movie one of the main characters is in search of Twinkies following the zombie apocalypse.  It makes me smile. Mostly, because the thought of a simple creme filled sponge cake being such comfort to someone, following an end of humanity, just seems so quaint.
 When Twinkies went out of production in November of 2012, I, like many other consumers, bought a box for posterity’s  sake.  I marked mine “do not open unless zombie apocalypse.”  The box is still in the basement, thankfully it has not been needed as of yet.
 Now, thanks to the fact that production has returned, anyone can have Twinkies once again, and to commend this fact, and also that Twinkies are celebrating 85 years in production, a new treat has emerged; The Twinkies Cookbook: Twinkies 85th Anniversary Edition.  
The Twinkies Cookbook is a banquet of recipes using the famous snack cake as a main ingredient in the concoctions.  Until reading the book, I had no idea that Twinkies were so versatile.  Both sweet and savory recipes are included in the book. After receiving my reviewer’s copy, I went right to the store and purchased a box of the sweet little snack cakes.  The thrill of buying a box of Twinkies never wanes, and this delight was even more satisfying knowing that I could use them to make a fun dessert.  Added to the enjoyment was the discovery that the Twinkie wrappers featured pictures of the minions, Bob, Kevin and Stuart!
I decided to make the Twinkie Cherry Pie.  Not truly a pie at all, it was more of a layered trifle like sweet made in a 9x13-baking pan.  Whatever the dessert is named, I can honestly say that the delicacy was delicious! In addition to the success of the recipe, The Twinkie Cook Book, itself, is a gem.  The pictures are appetizing and encourage the reader to try the recipes.  The way the book is set up with categories, clear to read ingredients, serving amounts, and directions, makes the cookbook a joy to use.

Overall, I was pleasantly pleased with The Twinkie Cookbook: 85th Anniversary Edition. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys the amazing little cakes and equally loves making desserts.  I can’t wait to try other recipes and share the results with friends and family!

FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review