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Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family Paperback – February 1, 2000


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Look no further for entertaining Easter ideas! From tasty recipes for a gourmet dinner to silly and simple crafts with the kids, you'll find the variety in Easter Treats most pleasing. Each recipe includes a lovely color photo of the finished project, as well as an ingredients list and, where appropriate, illustrated steps or traceable stencils. Party-favor ideas range from sturdy paper candy cones to simple jellybean bags, while more kid-friendly ideas include adorable bunny finger puppets and fuzzy pom-pom chicks.

Mouthwatering recipes include Red Potato Strudel, classic Hot Cross Buns, Grilled Asparagus Risotto, and for a hilarious centerpiece, a 3-D Easter Bunny Cake, complete with marshmallow cheeks and floppy fondant ears. Variations on the classic Easter egg are gorgeous--decorative touches include ribbons, origami paper, and intense colors made from paste food colorings--the deep-blue eggs with glittery stars are simply beautiful, and quite different from the traditional springtime palette. While no craft is extremely difficult, beginners should be sure to freely make use of the hints included for how to make projects "child-friendly"--this also translates to "novice-adult friendly." Author Jill O'Connor emphasizes fun over artistic perfection and she makes it easy to enjoy yourself, with thorough instructions, fresh ideas, and an easygoing presentation. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

Jill O'Connor was formerly the pastry chef at the Golden Door Fitness Spa. Many of her original dessert recipes have been featured in Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, and House Beautiful magazines. She is also the author of Sweet Nothings, published by Chronicle Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811823849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811823845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a pastry chef, food writer and author of six cook books including Sweet Nothings, Phyllo, Easter Treats, Simple French Desserts, and my two latest books, Sticky, Chewy, Messy Gooey and Sticky, Chewy Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids (Chronicle Books.) Along with writing cook books, I have developed recipes for Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful magazines. I am a member of IACP, and the San Diego chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. In 2007 I won the prestigious Greenbrier Award for excellence in food writing from the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers. My cook book, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth, was named one of the top 25 cook books of the year by Food & Wine magazine, and was featured in their book "Best of the Best" (Food & Wine's compilation of recipes from their favorite 25 cook books of the year. I currently live in beautiful Coronado, CA with my husband Jim, and two sweet daughters Olivia and Sophia.

Customer Reviews

This one has craft ideas for the whole family to enjoy.
Raenel Wilde
The beautiful color pictures provide inspiration and an example of what the finished project should look like.
Ed
Well, it all started with the Halloween Treats book and now I'm hooked.
Teri

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains ninety-five pages of fun for the entire family. There are projects for all ages. The author notes specific projects for the youngest family members with violet colored illustrations. The projects are divided into three sections: Easter Fun, Easter Feasts, and Easter Sweets and Treats.
Easter Fun focuses on egg decorating from dying hardboiled eggs to decorating hand blown eggs. There is even a project for family members that are "too old" to decorate eggs, Japanese washi eggs. The author includes other fun ideas on ways to decorate baskets, tablecloths, and marzipan playdough.
Easter Feasts features three creative menus using a wide variety of food. The recipes are well written with detailed steps. Traditional Easter recipes such as baked ham with raspberry and Dijon glaze, leg of lamb, and hot cross buns are included along with innovative ideas such as red potato strudel and asparagus risotto.
Easter Sweets and Teats includes fun edible ideas for all ages from Easter basket cupcakes for the younger children to truffles for the older ones. It also contains simple decoration projects for the youngest such as Peter Cottontail finger puppets and fuzzy chicks.
This is the best Easter project book that I have found. It was full of both traditional and innovative projects. It has beautiful photographs that can be used as project guides. Families can anticipate a lifetime of fun Easter projects from this selection. It is a book that will continue to grow with your family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teri on February 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Well, it all started with the Halloween Treats book and now I'm hooked. This certain book has many yummy recipes for dinners, drinks, sweets, and even a cute bunny cake. There are also adorable and easy to do crafts for the kids, such as making a little chick and cute bunny finger puppets and you can't forget the dying of the eggs. The instructions are extremely easy to read and follow and the colorful photos of many of the projects are very helpful. I highly recommend this book, as well as the others 'treats' books. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! AS A BUSY WORKING MOM WITH SMALL CHILDREN I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CRAFTS AND RECIPES I CAN DO WITH THEM. ALL OF THE CRAFTS ARE EASY AND THE KIDS WON'T LOSE INTEREST. THE BUNNY CAKE MADE THEM LAUGH AND WE WILL BE MAKING IT FOR EASTER. I AM ALSO GOING TO MAKE THE POTATO STRUDEL. I AM GOING TO LOOK FOR ALL OF O'CONNORS BOOKS!
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By L. Pedersen on April 23, 2014
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I guess that I am a more advanced crafter than I thought, because this book is sooo lame to me. First of all, between cookbooks and the internet, a person can find plenty of recipes for Easter. Also, as another reviewer pointed out, the Easter bunny cake is so amateurish. My mother made us birthday cakes in the shape of animals my whole life, and she was no professional, but they still looked great. I can't say the same for this cake. You don't have to be a "Wilton" cake-decorating pro to see how lame it is. I felt bad about giving a negative review, but these books "Easter Treats," "Birthday Treats," etc. are a series all with different authors, so I am not so much "knocking" the author as I am the publishers who demand this low-level of crafts. "Birthday Treats" is lame too, so save your money, including the $1 for a used book--seriously, it is still not worth it.
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Easter is a special time of year for families, especially children. Easter Treats provides a large number of recipes and crafts the whole family can create together to prepare for this special holiday.

There are a number of projects using hard-boiled eggs or egg shells. There are directions for creating Easter baskets, candy cones, and Marzipan play dough. The beautiful color pictures provide inspiration and an example of what the finished project should look like.

The recipes include a wide variety of foods for every course throughout an Easter meal. Woven among the recipes are instructions for table decorations as well.

Anyone who enjoys creating Easter crafts or cooking delicious meals will appreciate this easy to follow book filled with numerous projects the whole family can enjoy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raenel Wilde on June 9, 2000
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This is my fourth cookbook by Mrs. O'Connor. This one has craft ideas for the whole family to enjoy. Mrs. O'Connor writes in plain English with easy to understand recipes that help you get your children involved in the kitchen. There is a wide variety of dishes in this book. It's great. I hope she keeps them coming.
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