"Notches-Unknown PBJ," "Gone Fishin' Fish Sticks," "Pokey Brownies," "Make-Lots-of-Friends Oven-Baked French Fries." Even the pickiest eaters will perk up their ears at these irresistible dishes from acclaimed chef and TV personality Emeril Lagasse. Packed with 75 fun, tasty, and even healthy recipes, the New Orleans chef's cookbook for kids is sure to inspire feats of culinary greatness in the youngest aspiring epicure. The big, colorful volume features clear, step-by-step instructions with a strong emphasis on safety, preparation, cleanliness, and fun. Sidebars provide the yield, ingredients, and tools needed for each recipe, and small pictures illustrate some of the trickier steps, demonstrating, for example, how to brush the "Cheesy Star Snacks" with egg white before baking. A prominently placed Caution bar at the top of the page uses icons (knife, flame, oven mitt, etc.) to let young cooks know how careful they need to be. The exuberant chef sprinkles his well-known Emerilisms--"kick it up," "oh yeah, baby," "bam!"--throughout the pages, and clever illustrations by Charles Yuen use photos of Emeril's head with cartoonish drawings of his body and the foods he celebrates. Grownup readers who have enjoyed Emeril's other cookbooks (Prime Time Emeril
, etc.) will love sharing their favorite wacky chef--and some kitchen time--with the kids in their lives. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
The host of his own show on the Food Network, chef Emeril Lagasse gets kids into the kitchen with recipes such as "Grill-It-Up-a-Notch Ham and Cheese Sandwich" (a dash of dijon and honey, plus a slice of gruyere, make all the difference), "Baby Bam Burgers" (he beefs up the meat with onions, garlic, etc.) and "Oh-Yeah-Baby Glazed Carrots" included in Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!: Recipes for the Kid in Everyone, illus. by Charles Yuen. The oversize volume contains 75 recipes with clear instructions and illustrations built around Emeril's humorous headshots; easy-to-read icons designate cooking considerations, including difficulty levels (almost all require some adult supervision).
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