Thursday, October 19, 2017


I just have to say how much I'm enjoying this feature. I've always loved cookbooks, so this is so much fun for me! I hope it is for you too.

Oh. My. Goodness. 
This week's cookbook features one of my favorite bite sized yoummies, that go with anything and everything!  


by Dan Whalen

This quirky single-subject cookbook features more than 50 recipes for making fun, delicious, and over-the-top meals with tater tots, from Chicken Tot Pie to Totchos (tot nachos), Hots 'n’ Tots (jalapeno tot-poppers) to Apple Tot Crisp.

A cookbook all about potato tots? How could I not want to read this book?! 50 different recipes for a freezer staple in my house is just what I need!

TOTS! TOT-ALLY AWESOME RECIPES FROM TACHOS TO SWEET PO-TOT-O PIE opens with a short, to the point introduction from author Dan Whalen, about his research into the world of tots.

There are just five chapters in this book of potato tot goodness, but they are packed with information and recipes covering from the basics – a sort of Tots 101, to dessert tots. Yes, you read that correctly. Dessert tots!

TOTS! has a simple, easy to follow design. The recipes pages are straightforward with no illustrations. There aren’t photos for each recipe, but the ones included are full color, beautifully done, and made me hungry.

There are 160 pages of information, including a fun tot timeline, from when they started to what they are today, and recipes like Homemade Tots, Rosemary Truffle Tots, Tots Poutine, Spinach-Tot Dip, Cheeseburger Tot Sliders, Deviled Tots, Tots Benedict, Chicken and Tot-Waffles, Mac ‘N’ Tot ‘N’ Cheese, Totsgiving Stuffing, Apple Tot Crunch, Salted Caramel Tot Cookies, and many more!

Overall, I enjoyed TOTS!, and have found many dishes that will be instant hits in my home. Will you read the word ‘tots’ a lot? You sure will! But go with it, and enjoy the funny, punny names of these creative recipes.

You have tot, ummm I mean, got to check out TOTS!  TOT-ALLY AWESOME RECIPES FROM TACHOS TO SWEET PO-TOT-O PIE!

Dan Whalen is the founder and creator of the popular recipe blog The Food in my Beard. In the past 4 years since the website's inception, he has published over 700 recipes that have been viewed over 6 million times. He has been featured in many prestigious publications such as Saveur, Bon Appetit, Serious Eats, Fine Cooking,, MSNBC, and Huffington Post.

He currently lives in Boston, where he is writing for the General Mills blog, He also does restaurant menu consulting, the most recent of which is a recently opened burrito and coffee shop called Cafe Burrito in Belmont, MA.

When not working, Dan can usually be found looking for inspiration at indie rock shows, watching scripted TV series, eating out with his friends, or playing Super Mario.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Who would have thought tots could have their own cookbook? :) Happy Thursday, to you.