MY THOUGHTS: The book was a disappointment. Who has these ingredients just sitting in their cabinets already? Yet that is what it is designed for, or at least advertised for. I know I don't have things like raspberries or Andes mints in my cabinet on a regular basis. I don't know of anybody that does. So the whole basis of the book is flawed.
Then there is the name. I know the word HACK is used on the internet all the time, and I hate it. In fact, I almost didn't get this book for that reason. The word means to cut with heavy blows, use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system, and in urban dictionary it means a professional who does a crappy job. Nowhere does a formal definition of HACK say to make things easier, so I don't know how or why it began to be used in this way. In fact, whenever I see it come across my facebook newsfeed I block it. The things in this book are things people can access easily on their social media or the internet. Nobody needs to pay this high price for this information when you can get it free. The person who put this book together did indeed HACK information into a book format and put it out there for sale.
The only redeeming quality is that it is a board book. I wish all cookbooks could be in this format. It keeps the pages clean in the kitchen. But I think it is also what made it so expensive.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.