American Heart Association Kids' Cookbookby American Heart Association Staff, Joan Holub
From the country's most trusted authority on healthy living, a fun-to-use cookbook for kids with the foods they most love to eat.
Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinChances are that youngsters will maintain healthy eating habits if they learn early on to incorporate variety, balance and moderation in a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet-and they'll be less likely to suffer from heart disease as adults. That's the premise upon which The American Heart Association's Kids' Cookbook was designed and the basis for its recipes. Author Mary Winston prefaces her healthy/tasty concoctions with a basic getting-ready-to-cook-and-kitchen-safety checklist. She concludes with information for children and adults about the connection between diet and good health, sensible shopping tips, a glossary of cooking terms, and each recipe's nutritional analysis. Joan Holub's colorful, multicultural illustrations abound.
Ellen MandelTargeted at the taste buds of 8- to-12-year-olds, this exceptional cookbook presents health-conscious recipes for such favorites as pizza, pasta, chips, and cookies. Necessary ingredients and equipment are listed clearly at the beginning of each recipe and are followed by step-by-step instructions. The attractive, well-organized format is enhanced by bright watercolor illustrations that depict some of the procedures. Before getting kids cooking, the inviting book discusses kitchen hygiene and safety, particularly in regard to the use of the microwave oven. Concluding pages educate readers and their parents about "heart-smart eating"--limiting fats, balancing needed nutrients, and getting exercise. Like the most sophisticated gourmet cookbooks, this offers sample menus, and, in addition, it "walks" youngsters through a supermarket, helping them select healthy foods and teaching them to read and understand information on nutrition labels. They also learn how to set a table "and" how to clean up the kitchen. An informative glossary of cooking terms and tools, nutrient analyses of the recipes, and an index that notes each recipe's degree of difficulty are included. Surmounting all these positives is one overwhelming recommendation--the reviewer's 11-year-old son was lured into the kitchen by the book and, using it, has already prepared two delicious family dinners.
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