Part of the "Kids Dish" cookbook series. Each book in this series of large (9"x11") hardcover books includes notes to kids and parents from the author which emphasize that kids should always have a grownup in the kitchen when they cook, a page of special tips about things like cracking eggs, measuring wet ingredients, measuring dry ingredients, a glossary, a conversion chart for metric and temperature (not sure why this is in such an elementary cookbook), and a page of kitchen tools illustrated with drawings. Also a full page about the new food pyramid which appears in miniature on every recipe as well. Recipes are grouped into Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced based on the skills needed, time required, number of ingredients and tools needed. Whenever an action like cutting with a knife or baking in the oven (even a microwave) is mentioned, there is the admonition to have an adult do it. Each full-page recipe includes an ingredients list, a tools list, the number of servings, prep time required, and an illustration of a child eating the finished product. Steps for each recipe are in illustration panels, making the visual cueing excellent. The index includes recipe names and ingredients. Recipes in this book include "Pineapple Popsicles," "Pimiento Cheese Dip," "Quesadilla Bites," "Quick Energy Trail Mix," "Citrusy Soda Pop," "Mini Pepperoni Pizzas," "Spicy Tortilla Chips," "Monkey Milkshakes," "Chili Cheese Popcorn," "Raisiny Applesauce," "Yogurt Fruit Kabobs," "Parmesan Pita Chips," "Gooey Granola Bars," and "Holy Guacamole." Overall, the presentation is for elementary kids. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
New York-based Nick Fauchald is the author of numerous children books. He helped create the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray and has been an editor at Food & Wine and Wine Spectator magazines. Nick attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and has worked with some of the world's best chefs. However, he still thinks kids are the most fun to cook with.
Rick Peterson uses both traditional and digital media to create images for a wide range of publishing, advertising and editorial projects - including a long list of children's titles. His work has received awards from Graphic Design USA and the Association of Educational Publishers. Rick lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two children, a cat, a gerbil, and a lovable but barky dog.