Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies
by Heather Kim
The holidays are upon us. This may mean strained relationships. Stress with a capital S. Maybe it's time to throw out the calorie count and indulge in decadent desserts. Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies has you covered.
This tantalizing cookbook is fun to read. Text is replete with clever turn-of-phrase and precisely the right amount of snark.
It's a visual treat as well. Book design has a slightly edgy feel with bold fonts, quirky graphic elements and eye-popping photographs.
Heather Kim states in her introduction that this volume is first and foremost a cookbook. So let’s talk food: not your standard chocolate chip and snickerdoodle fare. The recipes are inventive, and some are downright dangerous. Consider these: Pretzel-Peanut-Butter Cups, Cannoli Waffles with a candied Pistachio topping, Coconut Mochi Cake with Coconut Sesame-Pecan Icing, Carrot Cake Truffles with Cool Ranch Doritos Sugar. Some venture into truly innovative: Elvis cupcakes (banana cake, peanut buttercream frosting and butterscotch candied bacon) or Flamin' Hot Cheetos Ice Cream Sandwiches.
I tried the S'more Brownies. It's basically a brownie topped with squares of homemade marshmallow and graham cracker streusel. There's a nice hint of cinnamon in the cracker/butter mixture. Now the fun: toast the fudgy little squares with a torch or under the broiler. Watch them lightly brown. Then devour. Taste-tested by a panel of teens and adults, we all agreed that these are yummy!
Heather Kim is an adroit author. She taps into teen social drama and offers concrete suggestions for coping with rejection. Her premise is that when a breakup occurs, get into the kitchen and whip up something new and different. Then she suggests two possible options: Wrap up the goodies and deliver them to your ex, i.e. "kill with kindness." Or go the alternative route and eat your creation. Savor each bite. Because life is too short to waste on self-pity. Either way, the result will be delicious.
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I shared this with a teen who loves to cook, especially complicated desserts, and had recovered from a devastating breakup. He started leafing through the pages and smiled knowingly when he encountered phrases such as: "Like sweet and salty, opposites attract...except when they don't."
This makes the perfect gift for anyone experiencing the pain of a breakup. It's therapy with a mixing spoon. Go bake your heart out!