School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-4 A large, full-color illustration precedes each of 12 recipes in this slight cookbook. Utensils and ingredients are listed next. Numbered directions accompanied by small pictures staggered on the pages are outlined with a fine colored line, giving a cluttered appearance. Several illustrations show a fist grasping the knife awkwardly and unsafely. A miniscule black arrow before directions indicates the need for adult supervision. The boiled potato recipe, when tested, cooked in the prescribed time, but two-thirds of the water remained in the pot, while directions state: ``Leave to cook until there is no water left,'' the same advice given for string beans. Bananas are rolled in lemon juice to prevent browning, then sliced, while avocado in another recipe is not. Since precise directions for cooking rice and frozen vegetables are usually found on packaging, these two recipes are superfluous. Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls (Golden, 1984) contains more creative recipes. Four interesting vegetable dips and a well-organized index cannot redeem bland recipes with confusing directions and illustrations. Roslyn F. Garin, Strathmore Elementary School, Aberdeen, N.J.
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