Cookbook Reviews – from my kitchen to yours

Hi there,

Today I am starting a new feature for my blog. I’ve named it Cooking Confidential. I hope to make this a monthly feature to share with you information and a recipe from a cookbook that I have recently read. I am starting off with

Viv’s Family Recipes

by V. M. Sang

This is an interesting cookbook. The author writes that the impetus to write this book was inheriting a cookbook from her Grandmother. The cookbook is collaboration of cooks from various backgrounds and life experiences. Some of the recipes come from Ms. Sang’s Grandmother and reflect cooking during times of food shortage due to wars, and other recipes are from her mother, extended family, and friends of the family.

The following was supplied by Viv’s Aunt Millie. Viv’s Aunt Millie also gave Viv a copy of her personal cookbook. This recipe intrigued me because it was a different take on a rice crispy treat.



  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g carmels
  • 125 gram marshmallows
  • 1 small packet of Rice Krispies (I used about 10 ounces)


Put the butter, caramels, and marshmallows into a pan and heat gently until melted.

Add the Rice Krispies and stir well to coat.

Press into a greased Swiss roll tin and put in the fridge to cool.

Slice into bars or squares when set.

These are best kept in the fridge, as they tend to go very soft and break up if they get warm.

This is a comprehensive cookbook filled with many interesting recipes. If you are a lover of food history, it definitely deserves a place on your shelf.

Viv’s Cookbook, Viv’s Family Recipes, can be found on Amazon.

29 responses to “Cookbook Reviews – from my kitchen to yours”

  1. Thank you for featuring my recipe book, Bernadette. Your picture of the Rice Krispie cake looks good. it tastes delicious, too. It was a favourite of my children when they were growing up.

  2. I love the idea of a cookbook review! And seriously, if you happen to run out of cookbooks, just come over to my house because I have a ton of them! And of course I have added one to my collection recently, as I purchased the Princess Pamela cookbook you wrote about during Black History Month.
    Caramel Rice Krispie treats is a fun idea, and one I’ve considered as well. I’m happy to know that they are expert-approved! 🥰 That girl knows what’s good.

  3. Yum! I haven’t had Rice Kirsipies in a long time, and this recipe really showcases their fun flavor. Nice. Sounds like a great cookbook, too. Thanks!

  4. I love your idea of reviewing a cookbook and sharing a recipe. This seems like a classic and it’s good to have the recipe. Who doesn’t love Rice Krispie treats!

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