Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook

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We all have a favorite childhood food that immediately conjures up carefree afternoons, endless days, and feelings of melt-in-your-mouth pleasure and comfort. Is yours buttered cinnamon toast? Your mama's potato salad? After-school English muffin pizzas?

Now, Nick Katsoris, author of the acclaimed and award-winning children's book series featuring Loukoumi the fluffy lamb, has gathered the favorite childhood recipes of more than 50 celebrities in his delightfully illustrated new...

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Overview

We all have a favorite childhood food that immediately conjures up carefree afternoons, endless days, and feelings of melt-in-your-mouth pleasure and comfort. Is yours buttered cinnamon toast? Your mama's potato salad? After-school English muffin pizzas?

Now, Nick Katsoris, author of the acclaimed and award-winning children's book series featuring Loukoumi the fluffy lamb, has gathered the favorite childhood recipes of more than 50 celebrities in his delightfully illustrated new cookbook for children and their families, Loukoumi s Celebrity Cookbook (Loukoumi Books; November 2011; $19.95).

A minimum of $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, Loukoumi and her friends Dean the dog, Marika the monkey and Fistiki the cat are playing happily when they become hungry. At Loukoumi's home they discover Fistiki's Aunt Cat Cora, a character based on celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef, and President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, which works to reduce hunger around the world. Aunt Cat offers to help them make her childhood favorite dish Grandma s Special Cream Cheese Cake.
The story continues as Aunt Cat guides the friends in gathering and measuring ingredients and preparing them for the oven, all the while sharing child-friendly safety tips. Beginning with Cat Cora's recipe for Alma's Italian Cream Cake, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook is divided into Weekend Breakfasts, Lunchtime Favorites, After-School Snacks, Family Meals, and Delicious Desserts. With tasty treats for the whole family, the book includes Rachael Ray's French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit, Oprah Winfrey's Corn Fritters, Ellen DeGeneres' Vegan Sliders, Beyonce's Easy Guacamole with Corn Chip Scoops, Betty White s Chicken Wings, Miranda Cosgrove's Spaghetti Tacos, Matt Lauer's Beanie Weenie Stew, Mario Lopez's Chicken Enchiladas, Marlo Thomas' Corn Pudding, and Eli Manning's Lace Cookies plus recipes from Ernie Anastos, Jennifer Aniston, John Aniston, Alexis Christoforous, Katie Couric, Marcia Cross, Paula Deen, Frank Dicopoulos, Celine Dion, Olympia Dukakis, Mike Emanuel, Gloria Gaynor, Neil Patrick Harris, Florence Henderson, David Henrie, Faith Hill, Carrie Ann Inaba, Melina Kanakaredes, Nicole Kidman, Miranda Lambert, Christian Jules Le Blanc, Jay Leno, Susan Lucci, Evan Lysacek, Bailee Madison, Gilles Marini, Constantine Maroulis, Bridgit Mendler, Nancy O'Dell, Amy Poehler, Al Roker, Hillary Scott, The Scotto Family, Doc Shaw, Sherri Shepherd, Brenda Song, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, George Stephanopoulos, Taylor Swift, Tiffany Thornton, Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon and many others.

Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook also invites children ages 4 to 12 to submit their favorite childhood recipe to Loukoumi's Secret Ingredient Recipe Contest from November 1, 2011, through March 1, 2012, to win a chance to cook that recipe with celebrity chef Cat Cora. The children will be asked to complete the statement: (Recipe Name) is my favorite childhood recipe because... (in 10 words or less). For details, please visit Loukoumi.com, where entry forms will be available this fall. Perfect for holiday cooking fun, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook will bring you and yours together over many fun-to-prepare meals.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Communities of all kinds put together favorite recipe compilations, and although this book features a celebrity community, there's a similar quaintness and simplistic tone to it. The book opens with a story about a lamb, Loukoumi, and her friends, a dog, a monkey, and a cat, that are hungry. The cast of flatly illustrated, cartoon animals joins Aunt Cat Cora, who gives tips about making a cake. The recipe follows, with the table of contents finally appearing on page 22, divided into sections: "Weekend Breakfasts," "Lunchtime Favorites," "After School Snacks," "Family Meals," and "Delicious Desserts." Stock-looking photos and a quote from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Olympia Dukakis, Al Roker, Ernie Anastos, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake accompany the recipes without any specific instructions for children in the kitchen. The inclusion of some familiar faces from the Disney Channel may not be enough of an appeal for a young audience to page through the entries from talk-show hosts, soap-opera stars, and actors from movies and network TV shows.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984161010
  • Publisher: NK Publishing/Loukoumi Books
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 813,103
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nick Katsoris

Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully is Nick Katsoris' sixth book in the Loukoumi series. Other titles include the iParenting Media award-winning: Loukoumi, Growing up with Loukoumi, Loukoumi's Good Deeds, Loukoumi's Gift and Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook. The Cookbook features favorite childhood recipes by over 50 celebrities including Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Betty White, several Disney Channel stars, and many others. The Cookbook has received several awards including two World Cookbook Awards, The Mom's Choice Award for Excellence and The Family Choice Award. The Loukoumi books have also been translated into Greek and plans are underway for a Greek-language Cookbook edition this November.

Based on the themes in his books, Katsoris sponsors several programs including the Growing Up With Loukoumi Dream Day contest, which grants kids the opportunity to spend the day in their dream careers. He also sponsors Make a Difference with Loukoumi Day, based on his book Loukoumi's Good Deeds (narrated on CD by Jennifer Aniston and John Aniston), which rallies 20,000 kids each October to do a good deed on national Make a Difference Day. In addition, the winner of the Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook recipe contest, Grace LaFountain, cooked her favorite childhood recipe with celebrity chef Cat Cora at Cat's restaurant, Kouzzina, on the BoardWalk in Walt Disney World during the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Katsoris is a New York attorney and president of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over 850 scholarships totaling over $2 million. Nick is also a board member of Chefs for Humanity, has worked on a Loukoumi literacy awareness program with the National Ladies Philoptochos Society, and is a member of Kiwanis International, where he was the keynote speaker at their 2013 international convention's Faith and Humor breakfast in Vancouver, Canada. Nick is also author of the legal thriller Crimes of Fire. He currently resides in Eastchester, New York, with his wife, Voula, a real estate attorney, and their children, Dean and Julia.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    An excellent way to enjoy family time in the kitchen with your k

    An excellent way to enjoy family time in the kitchen with your kids creating some wonderful recipes. And what a line-up of stars. Something for everyone. We buy this for gifts all the time and cherish the copy we have. Best of all the book benefits a great cause - two actually! You can't lose with this one!

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    A Mom¿s Choice Awards Recipient!

    Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    I bought this for my kids and we had so much fun preparing the r

    I bought this for my kids and we had so much fun preparing the recipes of some of our favorite celebrities - mine like Jen Aniston and Beyonce and theirs like Zach and Cody and Miranda Cosgrove. This book will provide you years of family fun. I like it so much I give it as gifts all the time now. It's a Perfect Present for all ages! And I love how proceeds are donated to St.Jude and Chefs for Humanity! It's the gift that keeps on giving!

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    What a great idea! Favorite Childhood Recipes from Over 50 celebrities!

    What a great idea! This book has favorite childhood recipes from over 50 celebrities. I love Nicole Kidman's Rice Pudding, Reese Witherspoon's Cowboy Cookies, Beyonce's Guacamole and Oprah's Corn Fritters. Other recipes from Jay Leno, Betty White, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Matt Lauer are great too! My kids love the Disney Channel star recipes especially Suite Life Monkey Sandwiches. There is a great storybook introduction too with a new character in the Loukoumi series, Chef Cat Cora teaching kids that the secret ingredient to cooking and in life is to never give up! And best of all proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital and Chefs for Humanity. A win all around!

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Interesting Recipes

    Nice to get recipes from celebrities - some great recipes

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