Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fairy Tale Feasts

Booklist (November 1, 2006 (Vol. 103, No. 5))
From prehistoric times, stories and food have been "close companions,"say Yolen and her daughter, who contributed the recipes in this creative book, which folds fairy tales into a cookbook of kid-friendly recipes. The stories, with the exception of one original story by Yolen, represent mostly European folktales, and Yolen retells them with her usual verve and ease. The tales are divided into four sections (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert), and each story is paired with at least one recipe that connects with the story's themes or references. For example, "Cinderella"inspires a recipe for pumpkin tarts, and "The Runaway Pancake"is matched with instructions for, naturally, "Runaway Pancakes."Stemple's recipes require adult supervision, but the resulting dishes, as well as Beha's spare, whimsical spot illustrations, will capture children's fancy. Detailed marginalia greatly enhance both the folktales and the food sections of this charming offering, which the whole family will appreciate. For more about cooking with kids, suggest Molly Katzen'sSalad People and More Real Recipes (2005) and the titles featured in the Read-alikes "Kids in the Kitchen,"in Booklist's October 15, 2005, issue.

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