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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Eat it Up! Recipes by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. Owl Kids, Raincoast, 2009. $22.95 ages 5 and up (with help)

"To celebrate chickaDEE Magazine's 30th birthday, we've updated our one-of-a-kind cookbook. It's full of even more healthy and DEElicious recipes, specially designed to make cooking fun and creative."

This book has what kids who want to be cooks need: a robust cover, spiral binding that will keep the pages open and flat when they are following the delicious recipes included, safety advice, a description of cooking equipment and oft-used terms, a table of contents so they can find their favorites quickly, and an index. I haven't even mentioned the more than fifty yummy recipes that they might like to try. With some help and the clear, easy to follow instructions, enticing aromas will soon waft from the kitchen. We begin with the meal that no one should skip...breakfast. After an early morning wake-me-up, we move on to snacks, meals, party foods, desserts and finally, gifts from the kitchen. An allergy legend is shown and used, to keep young noshers healthy while well fed.

Full meals are described as well as theme parties, both having all the recipes needing to be prepared. Tip boxes add needed information for changing a recipe and there are how-tos to encourage chopstick use, time management, and tricks of the trade.

There are many tasty and tantalizing recipes here that are simple to make, delicious to eat and healthy...a winning combination.

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