With recipes like those for Baby Moses Salad (which uses a lettuce leaf for the basket, a fresh or canned peach half for the body and a large marshmallow for the head) and Chicken Soup for Beginners (aspiring cooks dissolve chicken bouillon cubes in boiling water and add carrots, celery stalks and dried dill), the "stay-flat" paperback Matzah Meals: A Passover Cookbook for Kids by Judy Tabs and Barbara Steinberg, illus. by Bill Hauser, won't give Martha Stewart any new headaches. Kids might like the tips for decorating the seder table, especially the crafts for bringing the 10 plagues to life ("Hail: Styrofoam packing pellets work great"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
What to do with all that matzah during the week-long Passover? With Matzah Meals, kids will soon be concocting such delectables as matzah pizza and tostados. Through their cookbook, Judy Tabs and Barbara Steinberg welcome youngsters to the kitchen. Imagine a child's pride in following these easy recipes to turn out gefilte fish kabobs, peach kugel and other dishes for the seder table. Also included is a child-friendly Passover guide, with a re-telling of the Passover story, description of seder symbols and ideas for decorative crafts such as a kiddush cup and matzah cover. Kids can even dramatize the ten plagues with homemade props. White rice transforms into lice with the addition of black-dot eyes. Styrofoam packing pellets make a good hail. Bill Hauser's funny black-and-white pictures will bring out the smiles along with the spatulas. 2004, Kar-Ben/Lerner, Ages 5 to 12.
Barbara Steinberg (Matzah Meals) is a retired preschool teacher. She taught at B’Nai Israel School in Millburn, New Jersey, for twenty years. She has four grown children, and lives in Millburn, New Jersey, with her husband. Now she tries out recipes with her grandchildren, and they enjoy cooking with Grandma.