Easy-Peasy Recipes: Snacks and Treats to Make and Eat

Easy-Peasy Recipes: Snacks and Treats to Make and Eat

by Karen Berman, Doreen Mulryan Marts
     
 

Colorful and straightforward, Easy-Peasy Recipes features delicious, nutritious, and fun snack recipes that young kids can make on their own. No stoves, ovens, or sharp knives are involved in the thoroughly followable step-by-step illustrated instructions. Yummy snacks like Dig This Pineapple Parfait and Captain Taco Salad can be easily assembled in just a

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Colorful and straightforward, Easy-Peasy Recipes features delicious, nutritious, and fun snack recipes that young kids can make on their own. No stoves, ovens, or sharp knives are involved in the thoroughly followable step-by-step illustrated instructions. Yummy snacks like Dig This Pineapple Parfait and Captain Taco Salad can be easily assembled in just a few steps. Kids will discover the pleasure of making their own food with healthy, easy-to-find ingredients, plenty of room for experimentation, and absolutely no need for parental supervision!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Tucson Citizen/King Features
"….this collection of kid-friendly recipes with step-by-step instructions …shows kids that they can make delicious snacks and meals on their own and feel like a chef. "

Hayden, age 5, Sacramento Book Review
“This book is lots of fun for kids and great for moms too.”

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—This cookbook is designed to give the youngest chefs independence in the kitchen through 13 assembly (but no cooking required) recipes. Each one is free of stove, oven, and sharp knives, though some require adult prep work such as cooking spaghetti or shredding carrots. Kids as young as preschool age can do the bulk of the work with safety scissors, plastic knives, spoons, and other easy-to-use kitchen tools. "Princess FruitSalad" and "Captain TacoSalad" are among the kid-friendly recipes, all of which have between three and nine ingredients and are heavy on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The concept of creating independent young cooks is fantastic, but the reality is that once children are old enough to read the directions and follow them, they will be ready for more of a culinary challenge. The illustrations are colorful and fun, but are overwhelming as there is a lot going on, creating distractions and sometimes confusion, such as the illustration in the "Easy-Peasy Cheesy Popcorn" recipe that shows unpopped kernels when the recipe calls for popped corn. The layout of the step-by-step instructions varies from recipe to recipe, making it difficult to follow along. For kid-friendly and delicious recipes, stick with Mollie Katzen's Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes (Tricycle Press, 1994).—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Kirkus Reviews
Unlike Berman's Friday Night Bites: Kick off the Weekend with Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family (2009; not reviewed), this effort is geared toward independent child chefs. The 13 snack and treat recipes get most of their appeal from presentation--among others, a taco-salad pirate face, a breakfast buffet shaped like a train with individual cars and a berry-and-yogurt–snowcapped mountain. To assemble these creations, young chefs are directed to use a pair of (washed) safety scissors instead of knives. But inexperienced cooks may end up with way too much food, as the servings vary widely, are easy to overlook and, in many cases, are too large for one child making a solo snack. For example, the "Cold Creepy Crawly Noodles" serves four to six, while the "Tic-Tac-Toe Open-Faced Sandwich" makes only one (but takes two to play?). "Do It Another Way" sections accompanying each recipe give readers ideas for substituting ingredients or trying new ones. For the most part, the directions are easy to follow, although one recipe may well cause problems, as readers are directed to measure out six cups of popcorn from what appears to be a bag of popped corn, but a later step pictures a measuring cup filled with kernels. Other than this glaring exception, Marts' digital artwork both supports the text and adds elements of humor, playing up the different themes of the recipes. Young cooks will likely be more successful serving as sous-chefs under their parents' tutelage than using this to strike out on their own. (Cookbook. 5-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762444434
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Berman is a writer and editor specializes in food and lifestyle topics. Her books include Friday Night Bites: Kick Off the Weekend with Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family. She has contributed to the New York Times and writes for a variety of publications online and in print She lives with her daughter in Connecticut.

Doreen M. Marts is a freelance illustrator and designer who has worked at such places as Marvel Comics and Russ Berrie. She was born in in Long Island, NY and now lives in Lake Hopatacong, NJ with her daughter and Puggle pup, Baxter Blue Cheese. You can visit her online at doreenmarts.com.

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