le 20 septembre 2009
This book is a prime idea if there ever was one! Well remembered are the days when my Mom brought me into the kitchen intent upon my learning the basics of food preparation. Regrettably, little of it took - perhaps because I was assigned to peeling, paring, chopping detail.
With this bright, fun cookbook young ones take an active part in the total preparation of 30 kid-friendly, tempting recipes. They'll prepare cookies, pies, tarts, fruit desserts, quick bread, cakes, and yeast breads. Now, these aren't just ordinary cookies or cakes. But some cookies are so colorful and shapely you almost hesitate to bite into them. Budding artists may decorate them with sprinkles, sugar pearls, large crystal sugar, dragees plus candies if they wish. Cakes and cupcakes are presented with equal flair - decked out in swirls of frosting, even with cherries on top!
Especially helpful is an opening "Notes To Adults" - my favorite reminder here is "It's food, not world peace. Memories are made and lessons are learned even when disaster strikes." Kids will enjoy and connect with the comments from Cindy Mushet's 11-year-old daughter, Bella, such as "My favorite part about making cookies is eating them warm." or "I like decorating cakes because I can swipe a taste of frosting when no one is looking."
Both practical and palate-pleasing Baking Kids Love is spiral bound for easy reading when cooking, recipes are step-by-step numbered, and the book is printed on sturdy paper that sponged off easily when I mislaid a few drops!
- Gail Cooke