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Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters Paperback – July, 2009
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1) Pictures of more than ¾ of the recipes (Color pictures are the best)
2) A spiral binding, or at least on that easily lays flat
3) New & innovative recipes that have ingredients I can easily find at a grocery store
For this book, I was intrigued by the fact that each fairy tale in the book was accompanied by at least one recipe that goes along with it. For example, Little Red Riding Hood is accompanied by recipes for Deviled Eggs, Granny's Potato Salad, and Chicken Salad Pockets (all of the items that may have been included in Riding Hood's basket). The book offers great illustrations to go along with each story...this is a beautiful book! However, there are no actual photographs of the finished recipes, and was not in a binding that laid flat. Even though I normally wouldn't rate a cookbook as a 5 star without these items, the premise of the book was fun and fresh, and the book itself was lovely.
I loved the concept of this book, and highly recommend it as a gift for children that like stories and cooking.
Some of our favorites include: Chicken Salad Pockets, Sweet-Smelling Cinnamon Bread, Jack's Magic Party Beans, and Snow White's Baked Apples. Enjoy!
I'm not sure who did the research but what I enjoyed most were the history of the tales and the facts about food in the columns next to the recipes. Did you know that grapes are considered berries and that pumpkins are 90% water? Who knew? Those types of things in the book I found to be really fascinating.
I love the concept of this book but unfortunately, the recipes are not very magical. I'm sure the woman who wrote the recipes was trying to keep things simple so that children could easily participate in the cooking. Simple is fine but a little inspiration would have helped a lot. The twenty or so recipes are very ordinary on the whole.
This could have been a book used to introduce children to new foods (you know--some of that green stuff along with some herbs and spices) but that is not what we end up getting so it's a bit of a disappointment to an otherwise delightful book.
The recipes are also very unusual such as Cinderella's "Pumpkin tarts" from her infamous carriage ride with the prince.
It also has the most unique memorabilia in the index on each page. I learned things I had totally forgotten since my childhood days when the fables were more truth than fiction. It's a book that will be passed onto the children of the children reading it!
Ms. Yolen has written many of our family's favorites, including Sacred Places and Child of Fairie, Child of Earth. Anything that has her name on it, I will carefully consider. She's amazing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got one for my girls & 2 for gifts... a great fun way to encourage reading.Published 11 months ago by DARCY D.
This book is very engaging and perfect for a young reader and cook/baker. I really liked the book and am giving it to a nine year old reader for Christmas. Read morePublished 14 months ago by IdahoSenior
Love to cook and love to read fairy tales to my students. Also, I an using it to help teach procedural writing.Published on December 2, 2012 by P. A. Martin
This book is the perfect combination of cookbook and fairy tales. Each story is told then a recipe is given which represents the story. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Amybridelmit