In a world where there are dragons, wyverns, and haunted squash, you’d figure someone would have recipes for them, right?
Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot, Pot, join young adventurers Winnifred, Manny, and Beef on a quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients, find monsters to have for and/or to dinner, and to save the day through cooking. Rutabaga will dare any danger to uncover new tastes, and there’s a whole world full of food to try—from roasted mud leech to spider soup to peanut butter on crackers. His heroic recipes combine real ingredients, fantasy ingredients, and real ingredients that sound fantastical. Rutabaga the Adventure Chef is the perfect adventure for any kid grossed out when something weird shows up on the dinner table.
About the Author
Eric Colossal graduated from the School of Visual Arts. During the day he works at a video game company, with credits including Guitar Hero and Spider-Man 3. At night and on weekends he works on comics, cartoons, and indie games. He lives in Troy, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 7yr son really enjoyed this book. I received an advance copy for review and he devoured it! He didn't want to stop reading to eat dinner, nor when it was time for bed. He even asked for my iPad so he could re-read it while I was working. We thought the recipes were interesting and he want to make some too, I'm not too sure where we'll get some of the ingredients though... The chapters are stand alone episodes which while self-contained flow really well in the action of the book. While it has been mentioned by other reviewers that some of the content may be more geared towards middle schoolers, I didn't observe confusion or emotional instability in my son after reading this book. I ordered him a hardcover copy and he's re-reading it this week. In all honesty- he's reading and that's what matters most right now.As I stated NetGalley provided the digital copy in exchange for my honest review. My words are my own..
My main problem with this book is that it doesn't quite know its audience. Everything is perfectly geared towards elementary children until about the middle of the book when there is a frame of "tongue" kissing then from that point on the story's violence goes up a notch to being more suitable for middle graders. Near the end, there is also a scene elementary children may find too emotional when some Viking-type warriors cut open a creature's stomach and find the skull of their mother inside. For myself, I enjoyed it well enough. The magical recipes throughout are cute but weird and then there is a couple of real recipes at the end of the book, which makes it feel strange for a middle schooler's read. The art is cute but overall this book a bit of a strange animal.