Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Eight kinds of latkes—nine, if you count the main-course chicken latkes at the open house—and eight kinds of parties make this a fabulous cookbook for young chefs. It is not only about latkes and not only about food. There is a page of party etiquette for guests and hosts as well as a page about the history of Hanukkah. There is even an index. The menus for the parties are carefully thought out, with appetizers, main courses, side dishes, drinks, and desserts. They are all calculated to be simple enough to need very little help from adults or older kids, and tempting enough to appeal to all ages. One of the more engaging aspects of this book is the way it could appeal to kids who do not like to cook, or who have never thought about cooking, or who are too frightened by either sharp utensils or heat. There are pages of crafty ideas—invitations, place-cards, games (beyond dreidels)—that make this a book that families can really enjoy together. And not only families. Think of a troop of brownie scouts or cub scouts working on a project. I do not feel that the audience for this book is limited to Jewish children and their families, either. There is so much emphasis these days on tolerance, so much thought of a "global family," that the activities here can really add to a child's level of sophistication. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
Kirkus Reviews
This child-friendly cookbook features traditional latkes and easy-to-make jelly doughnuts as well as less-traditional, kid-inspired treats. Beyond the classic potato latke, young chefs will learn how to make seven other varieties from cheese, vegetables, apples and even chicken, for eight types of meals ranging from brunch to Shabbat dinner or a pajama party. Many of the recipes reflect American staples: Peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches cut in triangles are placed in a stack to create a Jewish star, for example. Hot dog mini-kebabs are another example, but Groner and Wikler are careful to include some lesser-known culinary customs, such as a meal designed for Sephardic communities that includes "burmuelos" a flour, milk and egg–based fried doughnut sprinkled with cinnamon, and the crescent-shaped "new moon cookie" offered in celebrations of Rosh Chodesh Tevet (the new moon that falls during Hanukkah). Primary colors in simply drawn, black marker–outlined illustrations decorate section headings and recipe titles in large purple and pink lettering. Sprinkled throughout are informative pages on such topics as the holiday itself, commemorative postage stamps and Israeli-style celebrations. Kitchen tips and difficulty scale, including those that require adult supervision, introduce the book, while specifics from candle-lighting blessings to dreidel rules and table-decorating crafts complete the text. Both well-conceived and useful. (index) (Nonfiction. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761351443
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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