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Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

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by Tyler Florence, Craig Frazier

Food Network star Tyler Florence is back with another picture book showing where food comes from and how it’s made.
In Tyler Makes Spaghetti!, Tyler and his dog, Tofu—the heroes of Tyler Makes Pancakes!—want to prepare their favorite meal. The pair go to Chef Lorenzo Mascarpone for information on making spaghetti and


Food Network star Tyler Florence is back with another picture book showing where food comes from and how it’s made.
In Tyler Makes Spaghetti!, Tyler and his dog, Tofu—the heroes of Tyler Makes Pancakes!—want to prepare their favorite meal. The pair go to Chef Lorenzo Mascarpone for information on making spaghetti and meatballs. They imagine a trip around the world to gather all the fresh ingredients for pasta and tomato sauce. Then it’s back to the kitchen where Tyler discovers that cooking his favorite food is as much fun as eating it!
Playful full-color illustrations by Craig Frazier, a Did You Know? section with cool facts, and Chef Tyler Florence’s recipe for spaghetti and meatballs make this a delicious choice for little foodies and picky eaters.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
In this follow up to Tyler Makes Pancakes, Florence walks aspiring chefs through the exciting process of creating the popular evening meal, spaghetti and meatballs. Tyler and his dog, Tofu, join Chef Florence in an imaginary journey around the world to discover the ingredients that make this meal delicious. Readers will discover the process by which olive oil is made and learn how to find the best tomatoes. Back matter provides aspiring chefs with more interesting facts about the various ingredients that make this meal, as well as recipes, so they can create their own delicious spaghetti and meatballs. Frazier’s colorful, yet simple illustrations are the highlight of the book, bringing a touch of whimsy to an otherwise straightforward narrative. A good addition to classroom and school libraries, this book provides a great jumping-off point for talking about nutrition and the ingredients that make up the foods we love. Fans of Florence’s Food Network programs and aspiring young chefs are sure to enjoy following Tyler and Chef Florence as they prepare dinner for the family. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles; Ages 5 up.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Young Tyler and his family eat at an Italian restaurant and are greeted by Chef Lorenzo: "Buon giorno. Welcome back!" He mentions that he could use some help the next day with making spaghetti and meatballs, Tyler's favorite dish. The boy and his dog, Tofu, get a lesson in making pasta from scratch and go with Chef to a farm to pick tomatoes and basil. They pick onions and garlic as well, and even olives from a tree. The cheese is picked off a shelf. Back in the kitchen they prepare meatballs, and the pup manages to get a bowlful for himself. Tyler heads for home with instructions and supplies in hand, and he and his father make dinner. When the family sits down to eat, there's a surprise guest: Chef Lorenzo. The cartoon illustrations are drawn in pen-and-ink and colored digitally. The pictures are simple and have very little background, and Tyler has an oversize head. Back matter includes a recipe and a little more explanation about the ingredients. The celebrity name on the cover will carry this one.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Florence and Frazier are back (Tyler Makes Pancakes!, 2012), this time with dinner as young Tyler learns about spaghetti--how to cook it and where its ingredients come from--in this masterfully illustrated story. When Chef Lorenzo asks Tyler for help making spaghetti and meatballs, the burgeoning cook can't wait to begin. Together they take an imaginary adventure to pick tomatoes from the vine, unearth onions, visit olive groves and witness the pressing process. Even cheese-making, from cow to curds and curing, is seen. But the author conveniently evades any explanation of the origin of the meatballs, which are presented pre-made. Ingredients assembled, the industrious Tyler creates a delicious dinner for his family, with each step of the cooking process described. Sadly, the text is labored, despite the author's best intentions of connecting readers to food, land, and the people that create and care for both. However, Frazier's strong pictorial narrative carries the day. As always, he exhibits exemplary skill at creating deceivingly simple illustrations with his exceptional ability to edit. The characters, often appearing as stick figures, are incredibly expressive, and the silhouettes offer both depth and insights into the text. Florence's purpose is clear: "Good food can save the day!" A worthy message, drawn perfectly by Frazier, whose illustrations could work without the words. (recipe, additional information) (Picture book. 4-8)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tyler Florence is a chef and television star of several Food Network shows, including How to Boil Water, Food 911, Tyler's Ultimate, and The Great Food Truck Race. Before joining the Food Network, he served as executive chef at the award-winning restaurant Cafeteria in New York City. He now owns two restaurants—Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco and El Paseo in Mill Valley—and a retail kitchen shop: Tyler Florence West Coast Kitchen Essentials in Mill Valley. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, three kids, two puppies, four chickens, and a beehive.

Craig Frazier is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including the Stanley series, Hank Finds Inspiration, Lots of Dots, and Bee & Bird. He is also an internationally recognized designer whose work includes six postage stamps for the USPS, including the 2006 Love stamp and the 2010 and 2012 commemorative Scouting stamps. Craig is married, has two children, and lives and works in Mill Valley, California.

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Tyler Makes Spaghetti! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun book to introduce children to ingredients and cooking! My 5 year old son loved this story so much, he insisted we make the recipe at the back of the book. Together, we made spaghetti and meatballs and I was his assistant...he mixed and rolled all of the meatballs! Now, he wants to put basil in everything. We have found a story that both of us enjoy reading time and time again. Tyler Florence has made my son's story time and my love for cooking come together!
ZinnKazzy More than 1 year ago
Our son is already a foodie at 1 year old, so a book about food is perfect for him, especially one about pasta! This was one of the best books we received as a gift. And I didn't even know that Tyler Florence wrote books. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the story is very entertaining and funny. I have no issues with reading this story over and over again at bedtime :)