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Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Favorite Recipes, written by Annabel Karmel. DK, Tourmaline Editions. 2011. $16.99 ages 4 and up

"I've chosen a selection
of my very favorite
recipes for you to try
at home. There are
savory and sweet dishes,
so whatever you like to eat,
there is something here for you."

I love the star-shaped rice cakes!

And I love these special chips:

"Roasted parsnip chips

2 parsnips
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350. Peel the parsnips and cut off their ends. Then cut the parsnips into thin slices - try and make them all about the same size.
Lay the parsnips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes, turning every ten minutes, until golden."

Here are Annabel's favorite recipes, with directions easy enough for some of our youngest readers to make with help from an interested adult. The ring-bound, flip over cooking cards are perfect. They stand on their own, on a sturdy A frame and take up little space on the kitchen counter. Flip through, find something that appeals and let the fun begin!

Children and parents will find the directions easy to follow and accompanied by useful, full color photographs. Each recipe has an ingredient list, a numbered method , a preparation timeline, cooking time and how many can share in the fruits of the labor. Simple descriptions of the end result and numerous tips from Annabel add to the book's allure. There are Light Bites, Main Meals, Fruity Treats and Cakes and Cookies...all to delight the appetite and give young children variety in the meals they eat. Who doesn't  want that?

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