I Love Tasty – Review

To begin I should explain that I have never seen the Tasty videos on BuzzFeed. I did, however, want to review “I Love Tasty” The Unofficial Cookbook for just that reason. I wanted to see if this book could stand alone and could be enjoyed by someone who is not familiar with the Tasty videos.

Born from incidentally noticing someone taping a screenshot of a food video to the kitchen counter, the author wondered if a cookbook could be created, with a lot of step-by-step photos, in the tasty fashion. This is the result.

Recipes in this cookbook cover several categories including:

  • Good Morning Breakfasts
  • Easy Snacks And Appetisers
  • Soups, Salads, And Sandwiches,
  • Pastas, Greens, And Beans,
  • All Kinds Of Vegetable Dishes
  • Meat, Poultry, And Fish For Dinner
  • Sweets For Dessert – Or Anytime
  • Cool (and Heart) Things To Drink

The recipes do live up to the author’s vision. Beginning with a short description, each is accompanied by a lovely full-colour picture, several step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions. Some also include little tips like what kind of ingredient to use, helpful shortcuts, or variations.

Very Simple Recipes

The recipes in the book seem very easy to make. That they don’t seem to be overly complicated is maybe part of the problem. The book seems to do exactly what it set out to do. Unfortunately, I found with most of the recipes the screenshots are unnecessary. Do we need to see an empty frying pan with a little bit of oil in it to know how to put oil and frying pan? It is unnecessary to see ingredients in a blender to know how to blend ingredients.

Even for a rank beginning cook, I feel most of the step-by-step pictures are unnecessary. Had the pictures perhaps been detailing a more challenging set of recipes, this review would have been quite different. But given the simplicity of most of these recipes, I feel to screenshot every single step of the recipe is overkill.

Overall, the book is good for beginner cooks looking for some go-to recipes. One of my favourite all-time cookies is an oatmeal cookie, soft and chewy. So I am trying these “Not Your Typical Oatmeal Cookies” and including the recipe below.

Not Your Typical Oatmeal Cookies

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These hearty cookies have an unexpected and colourful surprise: bright red dried cranberries and creamy white chocolate chips add a tart-sweet flavour to the toastie, natty oatmeal cookie base.
Makes36 Cookies


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened 1 1/2 sticks 165 g
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar Packed 170 g
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100 g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 188 g
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 288 g
  • 1 cup cranberries dried, 120 g
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips 170 g


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F bracket 180°C, or gas mark four bracket. Mind baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together until creamy.
  • Add the vanilla and beat in the eggs, one at a time until incorporated .
  • Mix in the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon until everything is incorporated.
  • Add the oats, cranberries, and chocolate chips, stirring with a spatula to make sure they are well distributed throughout the batter.
  • Drop the batter by large spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, placing 12 cookies per baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies are set in the tops are turning golden.
  • Let the cookies cool for five minutes on the baking sheets then transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


A Tasty Tip:
Load up these cookies by adding one cup chopped almonds 100 g, hazelnuts 115 g, or pecans 110 g along with the chocolate chips and cranberries.
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