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Gr 3-8- This lively, colorful companion book to the Gerasole sisters' Web site, where "Kids teach kids through video recipes," contains an enticing array of dishes both sweet and savory, easy and complicated. Each recipe lists ingredients and equipment needed, and there's additional material like a glossary and a section on basic skills, tools, and measurements. Beautifully reproduced color photos show the completed dishes and smaller photos show some of the steps. The seasonal arrangement includes dishes like "Bunny Salad" and "Mashed Potato Ghosts," plus sections on vegetarian entrées and snacks. Initial skepticism about some of the techniques, like the Yumbo Gumbo based on a roux made in the microwave, was overcome when tried. It was delicious! Overall, this book strikes a great balance between fun and practical. Several of the recipes assume a sophisticated palate and/or access to unusual ingredients, so this may not be the best basic cookbook for all kids. But it's got a slick design, an appealing collection of recipes, and a welcome tone of playfulness and encouragement.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, ILCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.