[pinit] Gluten-Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes For the Brand-Name Treats You Love. Coming to a bookstore near you in early 2015 (no official publication date yet!). Click on the Nicole Hunn Amazon Author Page & sign up for “new release emails” on amazon.com and you’ll be the first to know when it’s available for preorder! For now, these outtakes will have to be proof enough that this is going to be the very best gluten free cookbook YET. Expect all the very best gluten free copycat recipes for snack cakes, cookies, crackers, candy and everything in between. Like these Gluten Free Ring Ding-Style Snack Cakes. And our lovely food stylist Erin wasn’t really about to eat them. She’s, like, way classier than that.
Classic Snacks doesn’t even have an ISBN yet. Certainly not a cover! So how do I know that it’s going to be the best gluten free cookbook yet? Here’s how: Yesterday at 2:00 in the afternoon, photographer extraordinaire Jennifer May took the final shot of my fourth gluten free cookbook. It was beautifully styled by food stylist Erin Jeanne McDowell (be sure to check out more of her work on her blog The Shutter Oven). And Jen May was even gracious enough to shoot (all the best of these) behind-the-scenes shots. What a jackpot! Oh, those are Little Debbie-Style Oatmeal Creme Pies. It’s like that.
How about a Hostess-Style Fruit (Apple) Pie? Fried and glazed. Perfect.
What’s that? You’ve been missing Kit Kats? Yeah, we’ve got that. And the crispy tort wafers, made gluten free? They’re in there. Trust me!
Here’s what Erin and I, and my kitchen, looked like for 6 days. Give or take.
The Tasty Kake-Style Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes? My Philly-born husband says, “these are totally legit.”
Copycat Vitatops, Weight Watchers-Style Lemon Creme Cakes, more Kit Kats, 100 Grand Bars and more!
Daisy the Ragdoll cat wasn’t around a ton, but when she was, she knew some good Twinkie-Style snack cakes when she saw them.
My husband played dog wrangler.
And my kids competed for the job of hand model. They are currently between agents, if anyone in the biz is interested.
Ritz Bits-Style peanut butter sandwich crackers and iced oatmeal cookies.
We didn’t iron the snack cakes, but Jen May did iron some of the linens. I tried to get her to do my dry cleaning, but she just chuckled. I took it as a “no.”
I took a few behind-the-scenes shots, but all the best ones are Jen’s of course!
Erin bringing cookies to the “set,” a.k.a. my dining room…
Erin brought her expertise to every corner of the shoot, including experience doing actual snack cake ads! So basically, this is quite literally as close as we are ever going to get to seeing what an actual Hostess cupcake would look like … if it were made gluten free right from the source.
Hostess-Style Gluten Free “Sno Balls” anyone?
Little Debbie-Style Star Crunch, complete with proper cookie center (they’re more than just chocolate crispy rice treats, you know!).
With Erin shaping the pies and Jen behind the camera, it just doesn’t get any better than this.
Erin even taught my kids to “twizzle,” and explained to my son that she is a “professional twizzler.” It’s a thing.
Each day when it was time to knock off for the day, no one was allowed to leave without a to-go box …
… although the day’s particular offerings did vary. We all love to eat and make food look and taste wonderful. And it will all be yours early next year. I just. can’t. wait.
And …. that’s a wrap!
P.S. UPDATE: Classic Snacks is now available for preorder (no cover yet, though, but soon)! And visit Jennifer May Photography to check out Jen’s breathtaking shots and Erin Jeanne McDowell on her blog The Shutter Oven!