Today's guest: Cristina Suarez Krumsick Why we love her: She shows us how to make delicious desserts without turning on the oven--doesn't get much better than that!
The scoop on it: What's the easiest way to make delicious and adorable desserts? Without an oven!
That's NO BAKE MAKERY-all of the fun, but none of the fuss. These creative, two-bite treats of all kinds are impossible for anyone to resist-on any occasion. In addition to tips for perfecting your technique, ideas for decorating, and sidebar recipes, Cristina Suarez Krumsick serves up simple step-by-step instructions for her favorite no-bakems, from Cinnamon & Spice Bark, Bite o' Joe Truffles, and Key Lime Pie to Mintamelon Pops, Applesauce Cake, Fluffy Cracker Cookies, and beyond!
They're all cute. They're all bursting with flavor. And you don't need an oven to make any of them.
Our thoughts: Two words: De. Licious. Or maybe that's just one. :)
Fun fact: She launched the No Bake Makery from her apartment in Brooklyn.
Giveaway: TWO copies! Just leave a comment to be entered. We'll select the winners on Sunday, June 9th after 12 pm PST.
CHICK LIT IS NOT DEAD PRESENTS...7 QUESTIONS FOR CRISTINA SUAREZ KRUMSICK
CSK: I really wanted to cover to have a retro feel because the book has a lot of recipes that are twists on throwback goodies. On the other hand, I wanted it to have a cute edge too because all the treats are just that (I think so anyway!). I think the black and white and pops of color, chocolate hearts and props really do the trick. In terms of selecting the treats for the cover shot, we did a bunch of brainstorming on what would best represent the book. We wanted people to say “Those are so cute and look yummy! Wait, I can no-bake that?”
L&L: Out of all of your no bake yummy treats, do you have a favorite?
CSK: Mmmm hard question! I really love the icebox cakes. They are so easy make your own and practically impossible to mess up! I also love the no-bake brownies. These are basically fudge with cookie crumbs. They set into this fudge brownie consistency. I have literally had to make them in front of people to prove that they aren’t baked! It’s awesome.
L&L: You say you choose not to bake because it's more fun and gives more flexibility, but do you ever, gulp, bake? Or would that be like cheating on your no bake treats?
CSK: I use the oven for savory food all time. I love slow cooking pork, roasting chicken, veggies, you name it. The oven is great for savory food because you don’t need to be so precise. Baking on the other hand…totally opposite scenario. So, I really barely bake sweets.
And when I do it’s usually out of a box and I kinda do feel like it’s cheating! I am pretty transparent about it though! On instagram I usually hashtag #yesbake.
L&L: What's it like to be a publicist for a major publishing house and to now be on the other side of the publicity with your cook book?
CSK: It’s awesome and challenging at the same time! You would think after sitting in so many greenrooms and talking to so many editors and producers about book coverage for my authors, I would be totally collected about my own publicity. But nope, I get super nervous about all of it! Being behind the scenes is fun and challenging. Being in front is scary and exciting!
I think walking both lines has made my work stronger and better for sure.
L&L: What no bake treats are you recommending for summer?
I have a whole chapter on cold treats that are just perfect for hot weather. I have this recipe for banana ice cream that is SO yummy, refreshing and easy. It’s one of my faves.
L&L: When you're not wearing your publicity hat or no baking, what do you like to do?
CSK: Reading! I am big fiction reader and I am so lucky to work with some of the best. I also love yoga, running, and just hanging with people I love.
L&L: What books will be in your beach bag this summer?
CSK: So many! To start…Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin, Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Well rounded, huh?
Photo credit: Jeremy Krumsick