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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mommy & Me Start Cooking, edited by Margaret Parrish. DK, Tourmaline Editions Inc. 2014. $16.99 ages 4 and up

"Chicken eggs are a
healthy source of food
around the world. They
can be used in a whole
host of dishes, from
savory scrambled eggs
to sweet pancakes.

A chicken can lay up to
259 eggs in one year."

DK does it again! My mouth is watering and I am wondering whose little one I might kidnap for a few days. That way, we could try some of the delicious  recipes in this brand new, beautifully photographed cookbook for children and their parents. It can't be confined to Mommy taking the time to share the joys of doing something special with a young and eager child; dads will be interested, too.

There are the usual recommendations for health and safety: adults need to help, instructions to be carefully read and a balanced diet taken into account. The table of contents shows that we are going to learn something about eggs, flour, pasta, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, chocolate and strawberries. When I was reading this before lunch, I was certainly happy that chocolate and strawberries were left to the end...too much temptation!

As we have come to expect from DK, they consistently offer superlative nonfiction for children and their parents and caregivers. This is no exception. There are carefully captioned photographs at every turn of the page. A multitude of facts are included to help children understand the importance of the foods and recipes that they will find on its pages. Each of the ingredients is clearly shown, and a numbered method for preparation is provided. The clean, clear and colorful photographs of the foods that are being prepared are literally mouth-watering and very appealing for small children.

It's hard to come up with new meals every day. What fun to get the kids involved in recipes that are simple to make, and oh, so yummy, too! Get out your aprons, pick a page and set yourself on a new culinary adventure!

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