Review by Booklist Review
Gr. 6-9. Unlike some cookbooks for young people, this has no cute premise; clear nutritional information is its hallmark. The 150 recipes are preceded by information about diet and health, different types of diets, and designing a diet of one's own. A fast-food guide gives calories for everything from a Burger King apple pie to a Taco Bell burrito. An introductory chapter explains the basics of measurement and cooking techniques and provides safety tips. The recipes themselves are simply explained, and complete nutritional information is boxed. Beverages, snacks, main dishes, pasta, rice, and desserts are among the many food choices discussed. A spiral-bound format makes for easy use. --Ilene Cooper
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Review by School Library Journal Review
Here is a junior cookbook that teaches about nutrition and healthy eating habits before offering recipes that put those facts to use. The emphasis is on balancing meals and choosing a lifetime healthy food plan. Ingredients, equipment, nutritional information, skill level required, and the number of servings are clearly stated for each recipe. Advanced recipes include soup and stew; intermediate includes salsa, muffins, and tart shells; beginner recipes involve no cooking or baking, only mixing. The one drawback may be that serving sizes are not given. The book includes a section on kitchen safety and how-tos, plus a very nice section on the nutritional value of some of the popular fast foods served by national chains. Although no menus are given, it would be easy to create a meal or weekly plan. Eminently suited to beginning cooks. --Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elem. Sch., Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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