Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Children's Cookbook by Marianne Zanzarella (Review)

Publisher: Hearst
Published: February 2006
176 pages
ISBN: 1-58816-424-1
ISBN13: 9781588164247
$12.95 US; $14.95 Canadian
Concealed Spiral-Bound Hard; all in color
8 1/2 X 10 7/8


Fifty delicious, Good Housekeeping-tested recipes will lure budding chefs into the kitchen and start them off on a lifetime of good cooking. The brand-new spiral-bound format is easy to work with too!
Look, mom and dad: we cooked it ourselves! With every technique clearly shown, and a fun, accessible format, children will eagerly pull out the measuring cups, grab the mixing bowls, and begin preparing these temptingly tasty, kid-friendly dishes. And these are real, crowd-pleasing meals, including Scrumptious Scrambled Eggs, Surprise Burgers, Oven Roasted Chicken with Vegetables, and that all-time favorite: chocolate chip cookies.

Of course, Good Housekeeping lays out all the cooking and safety basics up front, from handling the food properly to using appliances correctly. (Parents will be pleased to know it also covers cleaning up!) Many of the recipes are illustrated with a color photograph. Every recipe tells how long the prep and cooking should take, has a difficulty rating, and gives guidelines on the amount of adult supervision needed.

Who better to trust your children with than Good Housekeeping!
My Thoughts:
Here is another cookbook that I was sent to review from Sterling Children's Books, and one that has become a staple in my cookbook for kids collections.  I have always been a fan of Good Housekeeping since I was little and flipped through my mother's magazines.  And, come the holidays, she would take out a couple of her Good Housekeeping cookbooks, so that we could pick from tried and true recipes, and make holiday cookies and appetizers, that were always crowd pleasers.  When I became a mother, my mom gave me her favorite Good Housekeeping cookbook, which we used year after year in the kitchen, so that I could carry on the traditional and share my love of baking with my girls. 

So, when I was sent a review copy of The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Children's Cookbook by Marianne Zanzarella, I couldn't wait to show it to my mother, and then choose a few recipes to make with Savannah.  Recently, when my mother was done visiting for the weekend, I pulled out this cookbook, and the three generations of cooks were in the kitchen baking.  This is one memory I will cherish forever.  When Savannah was not helping out with the mixing and taste testing, she was intrigued by the colorful illustrations of the recipes, which filled this spiral bound hardcover cookbook. One of my favorite things about this book is how it lets you know how much adult supervision is needed for each recipe.  This has helped me gauge which recipes are age appropriate for Savannah, so that she can participate and have fun in the kitchen.

Since receiving this cookbook, I have had a chance to try out half of the recipes, but can't tell you my favorites, as each one was so delicious -- and, easy to make!  I can't wait to get back in the kitchen and try out the remaining recipes with Savannah.  She really does love being Mommy's little taste tester!

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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