On A Stick!

I was so excited to open the mail and find Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites new cookbook, On a Stick, waiting for me!

When I did my Real Food Styling & Photography Workshop with Matt and his husband, Adam, a few months back I saw the advance copy of it in their studio.

I even saw some of the dishes in their studio that appear in various shots in the book.


Everything in the book is On a Stick.  Hence the title.

Some more “common” foods are featured on a stick like tofu on a stick, caprese salad on a stick, and popcorn balls on a stick.

Caramel popcorn balls?  Yes please! And I should try one of my tofu recipes on a stick.

The book also suggests foods you may never have thought to put on a stick like Fish Balls.

Or Pizza Skewers

How creative and fun!

And then there are recipes and ingredients that are new-to-me such as Dak Sanjuk.

And then there are some more interesting combos like Spam & Pineapple Skewers.

I’ve never had Spam other than the computer kindBut I’ve got that all fixed now.  Whew.

I can’t wait to make something from this awesome book.   Like maybe Cake Pops!

The photography is, of course, stellar and top shelf and makes me not only want to make food on a stick, but take more beautiful food pictures, too.

Matt is an amazing human being.  I said this in my recap of the food styling and photography workshop post, but he is just phenomenal.  He is kind, funny, gracious, patient, always smiling, easy going, and has a great sense of humor.

And obviously is a brilliant photographer, cook, and now author.

The day I spent with him and Adam changed the course of my life.  Not being melodramatic, but it really did.

I came away with Career Fantasties & Inspiration and know that photography will be a part of my future.  As will food and writing.  Not sure how things will fall into place with these career goals and dreams, but they will and I owe Matt and Adam for opening my eyes and getting my wheels turning.  And now I owe Matt for this awesome new book of his, On a Stick!

From my last post, Snack Boxes, I’m glad you enjoyed my snack food reviews and it was fun to hear what you’ve been snacking on lately, especially now that it’s summertime!


1. What’s your favorite food to eat on a stick?

I admit, it’s been years since I’ve eaten much of anything on a stick except for Tootsie Pop suckers or Blow-Pop suckers.   I love to suck on some yummy HFCS and Red Dye #40, clearly.

But as a kid I used to eat Orange-Sherbet Popsicle-brand “Push-Ups” on a stick

Cotton candy at fairs and festivals on a stick

I was never much of a corndog eater

But I was a Girl Scout and roasting marshmallows on a stick and making smores are fun memories.

Did I mention my love of marshmallows?  I think all those campfires and marshmallows on a stick helped shape my love of marshmallow desserts!

Like Rice Krispie Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting (Vegan, GF)


GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Please excuse the photography. The recipes still work taste great even if the pictures need massive help.

2. Any favorite cookbooks in your arsenal or any you’d like to have?  Or any great book finds lately or books you’d like to have?

I recently reviewed Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks new book in this post.  

Amazing recipes and photography in that book!

And I’d like to get my hands on Helene Dujardin of Tartlette’s new book, From Plate to Pixel

I have a compilation post of 25+ cookbook reviews if you’re interested in my thoughts and take-away message on various cookbooks, that’s the post for you.  I’m adding this cookbook to the review post, too.

Have a great day!

56 comments on “On A Stick!”

  1. what a totally unique concept! definitely a great book to add to a cookbook library. and i love that you have a personal connection to matt, too.
    i’d have to say i like ice cream bars on a stick the best – vanilla ice cream with the hard choco outside.
    i know you don’t watch movies, but this post reminds me of the cher movie “mermaids” where she uses cookie cutters on everything: sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres etc…another example of theme *cooking!*

    • from your last few comments…backing up your machine, good!

      from my greek fest post this weekend and when you told me that you’ve been reading a year and all my linkbacks to my old posts from around a year ago, my show, the move, etc…wow…time flies, huh!

  2. Everything tastes better on a stick- HELLO!!

    I would love to see how he puts a salad on a stick!

  3. Cake pops are so gorgeous. I need to make some stat! And I love photography so much. Maybe someday I can take my love of food and become a food photographer on the side!

  4. What a cute cookbook! The pizza skewers are so fun and creative. I’d love to be eating that at a party.
    My favorite food to eat on a stick, or rather used to always eat on a stick, is hagen daz chocolate dipped ice cream bars. Those things are heaven.

  5. I have always wanted to make cake pops. I think I may give them a try next week :)

  6. Looks like a great book, wonderful pics. Would be all over popcorn on a stick too!

    1. Probably mango on a stick, my favorite fair food now.
    2. Still all the Ani books I have, I find I use those the most too.

  7. What a cute cookbook! One of my clients recently made the cake pops like the ones Starbucks sells :)

  8. i personally believe any food on a stick makes it ultimately better haha. i’m a fan of meat on a stick in the summer ala kebabs x

  9. Nothing beats grabbing a small branch and toasting marshmallows in a fire… “on a stick” the outdoors way!

  10. Favorite food on a stick? Hmm, probably the same as my favorite warm weather food: Edy’s pineapple fruit popsicles!

  11. Is the book mostly photography then versus a cookbook?

    Love the watermelon shot.

  12. What a fantastic, creative idea! Food on sticks > Food on a plate
    I think I’m going to have to side with you. Marshmellows on stick over a fire = a staple in every San Diegans diet :-)

  13. What a cute idea! Food on a stick, I love it! It makes me want to eat a fruit kebab.

  14. Seriously such an amazing book! And what a great IDEA!!!
    I am so glad you got that opportunity with them. Experiences like that shape our future and our lives forever!

  15. i want those books!! so many great food photographers out there, love it

  16. i recently had a corn dog. i am still thinking about it!

  17. Food on sticks is always a hit; I look forward to using this book for all my summer entertaining.

  18. This looks like a great book! Everything is much more fun to eat on a stick! The photography looks gorgeous and they really do have some interesting combinations. It’s nice to see that it’s more than just corndogs and kabobs. The cake pops especially look deliciously pretty!

  19. I can’t wait to see what you make from the book! :)

  20. i love all those cookbooks!

  21. I was totally a tootsie roll and “push-up” girl, too! Lovely chemicals for this girl. Roasting marshmallows for s’mores was the best. Now, I can’t think of anything I eat that’s on a stick.

    Finding a cookbook I like is tough. I need vegetarian, gluten-free, and quick and easy recipes. That also don’t contain mushrooms, almonds or xanthan gum. I’m much too picky for cookbooks!

  22. My favourite foods to eat on a stick are corn dogs (LOL), and cake pops. I made cake pops for my sister’s shower and am so excited for all her friends and future in-laws to try them – they are ridiculously good!

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