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Emeril's There's a Chef in My World!: Recipes That Take You Places Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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Grade 4 Up—There's a celebrity chef in this cookbook, and, judging by the frequent use of heavy cream, whole milk, butter, sugar, and cream cheese, he is apparently unaware of the childhood-obesity crisis. Each spread combines simple color illustrations of food with photos of corresponding international locales and Food Network chef Emeril mugging for the camera. The first 27 pages of cooking how-to and safety tips are followed by 75 recipes that include "Moroccan Couscous" and "Orange-Scented Chocolate Gelato." Europe, North America, and Asia are well represented, with little space devoted to Africa or Central or South America. The recipes are complicated, involving techniques like using a pastry bag and handling delicate phyllo dough and much work with sharp knives and pouring hot liquids; adult supervision will be crucial. Small "safety icons" included with each recipe indicate concerns like "handling hot objects" and "use of sharp objects," but the key to identifying the icons is buried in the introductory material. The ingredients are clearly listed, and the numbered directions have sufficient detail; a bit of historical or geographical information is included with each recipe. Many of the dishes call for the use of Emeril's branded seasoning and other food items, and two appendixes list his corporate sponsors' Web sites and the locations of Emeril's Restaurants around the United States. Libraries serving the chef's devotees will find this a useful addition for its browsing appeal, but be sure its shelfmate is Matthew Locricchio's The International Cookbook for Kids (Marshall Cavendish, 2004), a more balanced, truly kid-friendly book.—Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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In this follow-up to Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup (2002), the famous chef introduces dishes from around the world, dividing the recipes into familiar food categories--sweets, snacks, sandwiches, entrees, etc. As in his previous title, sections about safety, equipment, and basic techniques, such as separating eggs, start the book. The recipes, from latkes to egg-drop soup, are good choices for open-minded eaters. The format is crowded, but many children will enjoy the mix of maps, flags, cartoon drawings, and color photos (many featuring the author hamming it up) and the cultural facts woven into each recipe. Gillian Engberg
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Emeril has produced a marvelous book. Many of the recipes he gives are for dishes that have been commonplace favorites in our kitchen for decades. This is real food that real children like to eat. None of it is hard to make, no recipe requires impossible to find ingredients and, most importantly, you won't find a single recipe that utilizes a "mix" of any kind. All real food. (The closest Emeril comes to a "mix" is the recommendation for the use of refrigerated biscuit dough as a time-saver when making empanadas and the use of cream-filled chocolate cookies as part of a pie crust.)
Emeril presents a very well balanced selection of recipes that are heavy on the use of fruits & vegetables and easy on the sugar. The recipes are nicely laid out with detailed instructions that are easy to follow. The larger format makes the book easy to read & use. He is careful to explain terms like "saute" within the text itself and often gives anecdotes or serving tips about the various recipes. The text is engaging and sounds just like Emeril himself. Those who like to watch Emeril on TV (more than a few kids do!) will find this book a very comfortable read.
Some reviewers have commented on the various graphics included in the book. Some don't like Emeril's picture, others don't like the line drawings. These might not be appropriate in a book intended for adults - but this one is for kids. Children like Emeril, they like bright colors, pictures & yes - even line drawings.
That said, this is not a book for a 7 year old cook. This is for the 9 and over crowd, those that have acquired at least a few cooking skills. For that matter, this is a book that is perfectly suitable even for an adult just beginning to explore the food world. This is not a book of "recipes" that no self-respecting adult would touch, nor is it a book that dumbs down material so it is "kid friendly." Real recipes that use real food that real kids (and grownups too) like to eat & cook!