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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cook It Together, written by Annabel Karmel. DK, Tourmaline Editions, 2009. $14.99 ages 4 and up

"Take 10 top ingredients: tomatoes, corn, potatoes, rice, bananas, strawberries, apples, honey, chocolate, yogurt. Find out how they are grown or made, then turn them into fantastic meals!"

Herbs and spices are the perfect way to add even more flavor to the delicious recipes described here. Try cinnamon, vanilla, paprika, black pepper, ground ginger, root ginger, thyme, mint, dill, lemon grass, basil, chives, cilantro and parsley. MMM! Good!

I have tried several of these recipes. Yes, they are simple enough to be done with your children or grandchildren; but, they are wonderful fare for adults and their guests as well. There are ten sections to match the top ten ingredients, and at least two recipes for each. An opening top-of-the-page introduction gives information about the food, with clear and captioned photos to help with the understanding. The recipes follow and are well documented with numbered steps and more photos to give visuals of the whole process.

A table of contents, sidebars that include tips, and an index help readers to return to favorites. I am sure you will find many. Fun and nutritious recipes for pleasing meals, and creating them is such a great way to spend time with the kids in your life.

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