Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories

Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories

by Christina Tosi


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Go off the clock with Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar as she bakes one-bowl treats, grills with skills, and embraces simple, nostalgic—and often savory—recipes made from supermarket ingredients.
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-blowingly delicious meals with whatever is in the pantry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780770435103
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 121,667
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CHRISTINA TOSI is the chef, owner, and founder of Milk Bar, sister bakery of the Momofuku restaurant group, with locations in New York City, Toronto, and soon Washington, D.C. She is the 2012 recipient of the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award, the 2015 winner of the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Award, and is a judge on Fox’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.

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I’m not your average gal. I never wanted a pony, or to be a pretty princess when I was little. Instead, I dreamed of Cookies, Cookies, Cookies (working name), a bakery of my own that would leave me happily covered in flour and sugar, morning to midnight, and, if I played my cards right, an unconscionable amount of raw cookie dough. Chubby and sporting the finest bowl cut the local cuttery could trim, I would turn cardboard boxes into cash registers and bakery cases, practice making change with Monopoly money (you gotta know how to make the sale!), and concoct gluey batters and sprinkle-ridden doughs to feed to my stuffed animals (they were BIG fans). As I got a little older, my legs grew longer, and my dreams stretched too. I imagined a fun but simple place that brought people happiness and anchored their morning commute or evening stroll, a place where anyone could stop by, say hi, and eat cookies.

And, by some stroke of insane luck, universes aligning, honest-to-goodness hard work, and practical kitchen experience, that’s exactly what happened. I opened Momofuku Milk Bar when I was twenty-seven, nearly six years ago. And in barely enough time to blink (and still not yet enough time to sleep) it has grown from one tiny bakery to a bigger thing than I ever imagined, all anchored by an 11,000-square-foot kitchen that sends cookies around the world and stocks six shops in New York where people stop by, say hi, and eat cookies.

I can never quite put my finger on exactly how or why it all happened. All I remember is a onetime admission into the school of hard knocks, bakery edition. Dave Chang pushing me out of the nest and more or less tricking me into opening the first Milk Bar was also probably a big help too.

Funny thing is, when asked just how I got to where I am, I know the answer is pretty simple: I. Have. No. Clue.

When did it all begin? Shrugging my shoulders, I’ll tell you it’s always existed—I’ve always been working up to this moment. My entire life, all I have ever tried to do was to be me and stay me, Cookies, Cookies, Cookies and all.

The Greta (Sugar Cookie Squares)
Makes about 2 Dozen 2-inch Squares
I was raised on these sugar cookie squares. My fondest memories of them involve receiving disposable 9 × 13-inch pans of them once a week (that’s 3.43 cookies a day) when I was away at college (and I didn’t have a kitchen of my own to bake in). What a mom!
Even after I opened Milk Bar, my mom still sent me these sugar cookie squares, direct to the bakery. They became so legendary we called them “Greta cookies” or “the Greta,” because you can’t call a sugar cookie a sugar cookie in a bakery; it’s just too confusing. Also, the difference between a sugar cookie and a Greta sugar cookie square is huge.
Their flavor is simple, but just as you think you’re about to be underwhelmed, wham! You’re hooked. Thanks, Greta.
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 × 13-inch baking pan.
2. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream on high until homogenous, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
3. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing until just combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the milk until just combined, about 30 seconds.
4. Spread the dough in an even layer in the prepared pan. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the cookie dough.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for a slightly underbaked cookie (which is how I like it), or for another 3 to 5 minutes if you’re a firm cookie fan. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares. For storage instructions, see page 47.
Not a cinnamon sugar fan? Substitute any classic, radioactive, or themed sprinkle in its place to top the cookie slab just before baking.

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Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hadn't bought this because of the terrible review but guys, it's not bad. It's also NOT the Momofuku milk bar book. It's the complete opposite. If you're hoping for intimidating and technical like the milk bar book you'll be disappointed. (No hate though, that cookbook is awesome.) Think church cookbook recipes, or recipes from your childhood that you ask your mom for after you've moved out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the original Milk Bar book- this one is really really bad. I've tried a couple of the cookie recipes- BAD. Everything in cups & teaspoons, no grams. Granola recipe was so wet & smelled absolutely disgusting while baking. Don't know where she went wrong with this one, but it's all around BAD. I'm a cookbook-a-holic, and I'm seriously considering sending this one back. It's that bad.