Book Review: “People’s Pops”

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Who doesn’t love a popsicle? Even better, who doesn’t love a whole book full of how to make the wonderful juicy gems at home? Even if you aren’t a huge popsicle fan this book is still fun.

The authors of “People’s Pops”-Nthalie Jordi, David Carrell, and Joel Horowitz- are the owners of the company by the same name in New York City. They seem a bit like hipsters (I could be wrong, but that’s what they seem like) and because of that they have a very casual way of doing and thinking. All of the recipes that they include are simple and easy. And they all look good. I really enjoyed not only the recipes, but also the little stories that they share throughout.

I initially picked up this book because the cover looked good, and lets face it, that’s the most important thing really. I was pleasantly surprised by the easy of reading in the book. The recipes are simple, but they don’t assume that you’re an idiot. The recipes are written  and instructions given, so that you can adjust to your own tastes and to the fruit you have available  For example, I loved the grape pop, but would love to see a pomegranate pop. But I don’t imagine that they have fresh pomegranates in New York, they are pretty much a southern southwest thing. But their instructions, and the suggestions, make it possible for me to think about what I would need to do to make a pomegranate pop. I think I could totally do it too.

Another thing that I really liked about this book and the recipes is that it encourages you to think outside of the box. All of the recipes are sweetened with simple syrup (basically sugar and water) and they encourage the reader to infuse the syrup with all sorts of different herbs and flavorings. As a plus, the syrups also taste good in other applications where you want to sweeten things, like lemonaid.

I can’t wait for summer to try out some of these recipes. Specifically  I want to try their apricot and salted caramel pop. Apricots grow like crazy around here and there are always some to find. I can’t wait!

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