Review: Milk Bar: Kids Only: A Cookbook by Christina Tosi

Milk Bar: Kids Only: A Cookbook by Christina Tosi

Milk Bar: Kids Only: A Cookbook
Christina Tosi
Clarkson Potter Publishers
Published October 27, 2020

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About Milk Bar: Kids Only: A Cookbook

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – Over 85 stellar, totally do-able desserts and other fun-fueled treats for kids (or adults!) to make, from Christina Tosi, founder of Milk Bar and MasterChef Junior judge!


Dedicated to the next generation of young bakers, Milk Bar: Kids Only presents more than eighty-five fun and empowering recipes to inspire imagination in the kitchen, from Apple Pie Waffles to PB&J Cereal Treats to Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes to marshmallowy Choco Crunch Cookies. This is a cookbook that teaches kitchen skills–perfect for kids as well as anyone who’s learning to bake–and reminds newbies and veteran bakers alike that a little personality adds a whole lot to the mix. Whether they’re transforming a donut into a milkshake or creating their own flavored butters for smearing onto biscuits, readers will have plenty of opportunities for mixing and matching within recipes to help their creativity run wild.

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My Review

One of the big reasons I bought this cookbook is that I wanted my daughter to be able to browse through the book– no screens required– and plan recipes to make together. The book worked great for that.

The recipes are organized by month they’re intended to be made in, which makes finding seasonal recipes really easy. There’s also a key at the beginning that lists recipes by category (muffins, pancakes, cookies, bars, etc.) to make it easy if you want to browse all the recipes of a single type.

Recipes We Tried

Tropical Mermaid Muffins, page 107. I had a moment where I wasn’t sure they would come out okay. The batter is really thick and kind of spongy after it sits for a few minutes. By the time the muffins were in the oven for a bit, though, they began to rise nicely. They have a nice flavor with the texture from the coconut and pineapple. My daughter doesn’t like the pineapple but wants to try the recipe again with blueberries in it instead, so I’m still gonna call this one a win.

B-Day Cereal Squares, page 227. We actually used red, white, and pink sprinkles and handed these out to my daughter’s class for a Valentine’s Day party. They were easy (though I forgot how sticky cereal bars can be, especially before they set), and delicious.

Banana Crunch Bread, page 57. We have a tried-and-true Banana Bread recipe, so I was curious to see how this one compares. It’s a little different than ours– it has a little sour cream in the bread mix and a crunch topping, too. I really liked it! I don’t think it’ll replace my other recipe, but I’d say it’s equally delicious and a little more decadent. Possibly something I’d serve with a fancier brunch.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes, page 109. The only drawback to these is that because the frosting has fresh strawberries in it, they have to be eaten the day you frost them. Otherwise, they’re delicious. I especially liked the frosting– the strawberries gave it a fresh, summer-y taste.


I am really pleased with this cookbook. It’s been great to have handy to whip up a treat with my daughter. Everything we’ve tried has been delicious, and I predict we’ll get a lot of use from this one.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 8 to 12.

The book contains a few pictures of children (and a couple of adults). The kids represent a racially diverse group.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content

Spiritual Content
Recipes are organized by month of the calendar, so there are some recipes intended for holidays like Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.

Violent Content

Drug Content

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One Response to Review: Milk Bar: Kids Only: A Cookbook by Christina Tosi

  1. Thanks for the heads up on this book. It looks like a good one. I have some grandkids who are good candidates for this.