Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

Milk Bar Life

For anyone addicted to crack pie, compost cookies®, and cake truffles, here are their savory counterparts—such as Kimcheezits with Blue Cheese Dip, Burnt Honey–Butter Kale with Sesame Seeds, and Choose Your Own Adventure Chorizo Burgers—along with enough make-at-home sweets to satisfy a cookie-a-day habit. Join Christina and friends as they cook their way through “weaknights,” sleepovers, and late-night snack attacks to make mind-blowi...

Details Milk Bar Life

TitleMilk Bar Life
Release DateApr 7th, 2015
PublisherClarkson Potter
Number of pages256 pages
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction

Reviews Milk Bar Life

  • Sean
    This book really devastated me. Momofuku Milk Bar (MMB) is literally my favorite cookbook. It not only changed the way I bake--it taught me how to bake from scratch. I used to love a Funfetti cake, but now I won't touch a cake mix. So imagine my shock when I see recipes in Christina Tosi's new book that call for boxed cake mix. Processed foods aren't the real shock--Tosi calls for Ritz crackers, for example, in MMB. But the way she uses them in t...
  • Diana
    I copied one recipe out of this book so I gave the book 2 stars instead of 1. I've never been to the author's restaurant and if I based my decision to dine there solely on this cookbook, I wouldn't go. Where to begin? How about with the Spaghettios sandwich? 1 can Spaghettios4 maple-flavored breakfast sausage links2 slices breadUnsalted butterMaple syrup Handful of chipsIs your mouth watering yet? Well, if so continue on and and try the Ritz crac...
  • Jen
    If you love the Momofuku Milk Barbook, Milk Bar Life is not for you.Momofuku Milk Bar changed how I bake, no word of a lie, so I was really excited when I heard Christina Tosi was writing another book. But Momofuku Milk Bar 2 this is not. Which is fine, but not what I was expecting.I guess the target audience for this might be college students or very young professionals just starting out? Or the very very inebriated? I say this because there is ...
  • D
    funny, accessible, tasty, and CRAZY unhealthy.the apple dumplings are AMAZING. and the recipe is very, very forgiving. i'm a super shitty baker, but i still managed to pull these together -- dough crumbling everywhere, more of it on my torso and the floor than in anything resembling a neat little package -- TWICE! and create an exhileratingly good dessert. oh -- and the recipe scaled up without a problem. the dumplings are SUPER sweet, like, skir...
  • Caroline
    I checked this book out from the library by accident when I was looking for the Momofuku cook book, but I remembered hearing good things about Christina's Tosi's first book, Momfuku Milk Bar. Milk Bar Life, however, was terrible. The first recipe, an oatmeal cookie recipe from her grandmother that inspired her to become a baker, sounded interesting, if only for the story. But as I flipped through the book, I found myself getting angrier and angri...
  • Kandice Adams
    This book makes me so happy.Yes, it is junk food, and yes, it is stuff she cooks at home for herself and no, it's not as fancy as Momofuku Milk Bar but you know what, I don't even care. There are lots of classic recipes in here like Apple Dumplings (which I tried in Philly and loved, and have wanted to re-create ever since but I did not trust any of the online recipes I had found), Roast Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Buns with cream cheese i...
  • Alena
    More savory recipes this time, following Tosi's theme in her first book by citing kitschy, "regular"ingredients and turning them into something creative and fun. He tone and style of writing are accessible, charming, and empowering, much like her recipes. Jerk chicken wings and apple dumplings are soon to come out of my kitchen. Tang on Toast? Not so much, but I'll mention it to my kids when they eventually write home from college asking for mone...
  • Kristine
    I had read great things about this author's other cookbook and thought I would give the newest one a try. 2 stars for the Beautiful book, pictures and easy to read recipes. I am just not a fan of using old processed food in an attempt to be creative? They lost me at Fruity Pebble Meringue Cookies, a Spaghetti-O's Sandwich and by using Velveeta Cheese and Ritz Crackers in recipes. Would I ever want to make anything or eat anything from this cookbo...
  • Callie
    I wrote a review of this book, including a recipe, here:
  • elizabeth
    A recipe for Tang toast? This is not my jam.
  • kati
    Ugh, this book is so gross.
  • Sarah
    Some of the recipes (stoner food with velveeta) look revolting, but this one earns love anyway for cookies and baking tips. Strong "voice, " but quite a bit too hipster for me!
  • ItsAboutTheBook
    Review can be read at It's About The Book I waited for this book for months. Months! I had it pre-ordered and would occasionally pull up the page on Amazon to look at it. Then finally, after practice of course because that’s my life, I had it in my hot little hands. I’ve gazed lovingly at every page at least twice so far, and I have all the stuff to make the Mac ‘N Cheese Pancakes and the Ritz Cookies. Yes, you read that right. If you read...
  • thuy
    *I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.I've never been to Milk Bar but have heard wonderful things about the delicious treats that can be found at its NY storefront. As such, I was very excited to receive a copy of Milk Bar Life for review. Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi promises simple, comforting recipes with a nostalgic flair. The book itself is beautiful. The pages are thick and glossy...
  • Megan
    As a book: great!As a cookbook: of all, Tosi really captured my heart saying she liked a chewy, underdone cookie. She and I are clearly cookie soul mates, and she wrote a whole chapter of this book just for me! I tried the Greta cookies first because 1.) they are pictured in the endpapers both front and back of the book, and 2.) she named them after her mother. They have to be great! If any recipe in this book is any good, it should ...
  • Tania
    As everyone that is a fan of Dave Chang and his gang would know, Tosi's second book was anxiously expected by a lot of people. However, what a disappointment for the pastry fans... I get it, as a chef we have awful diets - mostly we want something caloric, quick and hassle-free after a long day on our feet just "tasting, tasting, tasting". How great it is to sit down for a meal! Ordinary folks will never appreciate this. Anyway... Why bother to c...
  • Rachel
    I've seen Christina Tosi on a few TV shows and always wanted to know a little bit more. Her fun personality shines through this fun book. I tried a few recipes from the book over the course of a couple of weeks and this is what I found: Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies, p 14 - great!Chicken Puffs, p. 23 - quirky and fun. Sauce, with Penne, p. 26 - not good. wouldn't recommendXXXL Lady Salad, p. 114 - delicious. This is the one recipe I'll save from the ...
  • Erin
    This was simply an amazing cookbook. I have said time and time again that cookbooks need to be more recipes than back story and biographies. This one takes you on a small back story of about 60 some pages, then it goes straight into the recipes. Each recipe has a little story behind it and the author tells you about it before she gets into the recipes. This is what I like, because we all know that our recipes, whether they are family hand-me-down...
  • Lindsey
    Milk Bar is more about it's humble beginnings and the recipes that were created for the shop and the still successful. Milk Bar Life is more Christina Tosi's personal, home-style favorites, filled with little personal blurbs about each recipe. Interesting stories, but not a fan of most of the food.The writing is still the fun, easy read style I enjoy from Milk Bar, but it contains many recipes I would never try. I love experimenting with food and...
  • Amy Corder
    I enjoyed this cookbook thoroughly, and especially loved her stories about her family. Having been to East Village Milkbar in NYC, I was excited to read it. I mean, her "Crack Pie" is fantastic, and I was hoping to see what other amazing recipes she had up her sleeve.The baked goods in this cookbook all look amazing, and I managed to get around to baking her chocolate chip cookies, which were legit. Basically the entire cookie section was amazing...
  • Jessica
    I'm a big fan of Christina Tosi, so naturally I had to have this cookbook. It's a really fun book with great stories and explanations supporting each recipe; plus nice photography. One note--these recipes are NOT the recipes she uses in her bakery, but rather the recipes she cooks at home to feed herself and loved ones. A few of the recipes seem a little bizarre in my opinion, but there are plenty that are delicious and easy to make. Her grandmot...
  • Nikki
    This seems to have gotten a lot of flack for not being 'highbrow foodie' enough. Granted, it includes a recipe for a spaghetti-o sandwich, but the point of the book is regular recipes that Christina Tosi actually uses, and the category was when you don't actually have time or energy to cook. The chocolate chip and the Gretas are really good, I've made both of them a couple times. I like how it's set up, too.
  • Beth
    Let's start with the recipes I found intriguing: Molasses-Rye CookiesKimCheez-its with blue cheese dipSmoked Cantaloupe JamRosemary JellyCornbread Ice CreamOut of the 256 pages, that was it. A recipe for blue cheese pretzels that involved only pretzels and blue cheese didn't really seem like a recipe. Can I bring up Tang Toast? Or how about Desperation Nachos? Not really the caliber of cooking I was expecting from something associated with the na...
  • Joanne
    I am a big fan of Christine Tosi and am in awe of her baking skills. I liked the Momofuku Milk Bar book quite a bit more than this one, although there are some really wonderful ideas in here. Some of the concoctions in this book were a bit much for our family's taste, you can't go wrong with the sweet recipes though. Would love to hang out with these people for a bit, they look like they have great fun even when they're working.
  • Diana P
    Nothing is measured accurately. So if you are outside the US have fun deciphering what exactly they mean by a 'cup' (apparentally its 240ml in the US and 250ml in Australia). Tried to make the chocolate chip recipe using the US definition. It did not turn out well. Came out waay too soft as though I used too much butter and not enough flour. What a surprise. I hate this book. NEXT TIME PUBLISH ALL MEASUREMENTS IN GRAMS PLEASE and none of this cup...
  • Ange
    I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it after I finished a night class and though I have obviously not made any of the recipes tonight, they seem very approachable (unlike some of the recipes in the previous book which had many, many steps). I liked that there were lots of savory options and the family meal recipes look incredible. This was a great read for the stories alone but I'm sure I will enjoy the recipes too.
  • Aileen
    There are some hit out of the ballpark recipes like the Indian Chili with raita and chocolate chip cookies, but then there's the rest. I wouldn't say this cookbook was an utter disappointment, but it made for less dogeared pages than most others. I would just recommend the actual Milk Bar cookbook instead of this one. It's just trying too hard.
  • Melinda Lewis
    There is all about perfect ratios - text to photography, ingredients to recipe. And Tosi is just charming and fun - it's rare that I read a cookbook where it seems like the author actually likes to eat - and she does. I can't wait to plow through these recipes (and especially jazzed they don't seem super overwhelming).