- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: Willivee & Dellrose; 1st edition (December 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986258407
- ISBN-13: 978-0986258404
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fun Foodie Friends: A Cookbook Where Fun Is the First Ingredient Paperback – December 12, 2014
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About the Author
Elaine Callahan is a graphic designer and an artist with a passion for painting food and a quirky sense of humor. She's combined her love of food and art, and mixed in her experience as a graphic designer, to create fun food friends that come alive with personality, as well as recipes that are easy to make and enjoy.She took art lessons as a teen and credits that experience with introducing her to the world of painting. Elaine switched from oils to watercolors when she grew tired of waiting for the oil paint to dry. She is an award-winning artist and a signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Southern Watercolor Society. One of her paintings in the cookbook, America the Fruitiful, was selected as part of the American Watercolor Society's 146th Annual International Exhibition.Being diagnosed with celiac in 2007 and the need to change to a gluten-free diet transformed Elaine and her relationship with food. She discovered a new passion, cooking with fruits and vegetables, which are naturally gluten free. Elaine truly understands the saying you are what you eat and appreciates that food is not only beautiful, but that the right food is like a friend that has an amazing power to heal as well as connect us all.It seems like Elaine has always played with her food. Two of her favorite toys growing up were Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. For a college project she created an animated short-film featuring characters made out of food. Today, Elaine is still working on becoming friends with peas.Joyce Kesler loves food and food loves her, which is why she has learned to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into her cooking. Food has been central to her life, and one of her earliest food memories is about eating something she didn't like. A no thank you helping always had to be eaten, even if she had to stay at the table after everyone else had left. Joyce could not say, no. She had to eat it. In hindsight Joyce has realized that trying all those different foods has led her to some pretty amazing discoveries, food can be friendly and fun.Her childhood memories are filled with family and food. Her father was known for his pancakes. A special lamb shank dinner was THE meal when this is THE one was formally introduced to the family. Her parents were known for their dinner parties as owners of a fishing lodge in northern Minnesota, sometimes hosting as many as 240 guests.Joyce's career in retailing introduced her to an array of designers, manufactures, and creative personalities that made her career interesting and diverse. When she became a Merchandise Manager for a major retail organization, the Epicure division was one of her areas of responsibility. While there she helped to create markets for several new epicurean vendors that gained nationwide marketability, and her food passion was revitalized.Fortunately Joyce is married to someone equally passionate about food. Her husband has lived and traveled the world, enjoying the new food experiences each place has to offer. At home he likes to recreate the various tastes and dishes he has experienced.When both her parents and three siblings developed type 2 diabetes, she realized that a dietary change was in order. She began experimenting with new recipes and, re-mixing family favorites by incorporating more fruits and vegetables, and reducing fats and sugar. Joyce has learned that she can love food, and it can love her back, in a good way. The exception might be eggplant.
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Got a hankering for salsa? Well then, try Señor Sammy’s Salsa, and perhaps pair it with Señor Guac’s Guacamole. Fun Foodie Friends gives you all you need: a list of ingredients, step-by-step instructions for safe, supervised preparation, substitutions for dietary restrictions, and fun little foodie facts about things like garlic, pear wood, and blueberries, to name a few. Innovative, and uniquely designed, Fun Foodie Friends features narrators Food Head Fred, and Food Head Friuta, who provide healthful hints throughout a book chock full of alliteration which always works deliciously with kids. Creative illustrations accompany each recipe with names like Prince Peacock and QT Caterpillar. Every page provides a list of ingredients, directions on how to create the recipe, and the tools needed to do so. Best of all, the big helping hands symbols let parents know just how much supervision is needed for each dish. One big helping hand means there may be some cutting or stove-top cooking involved while two means there are multiple steps that require adults. No hands, like in Leo Lion Celery Sliders means it’s a totally kid-driven creation.
Fun Foodie Friends showcases 21 recipes and step-by-step instructions for creating them all as well as good information on recipe review, kitchen safety, kitchen prep, cooking, and clean up. Sure there are other kids’ cookbooks out there, but they aren’t half as fun or informative. With Fun Foodie Friends, the time spent cooking with your kids flies.
Remember when you were little, how much fun it was to make things in the kitchen with your mom or dad? With Fun Foodie Friends, you get to do it all over again, but this time, the kids are in charge!
But there's more to the book than the artwork. This is just a fun book. I purchased Fun Foodie Friends for a friend's daughter but liked it so much decided to get a copy for my wife and I to enjoy. But the real magic of this book is for parents to use it with their kids. Yes, the artwork is inviting, but the recipes and fun facts are what make it a book that one won't look at once and put up on a shelf....this is a book to USE. Simple but tasty recipes designed for children to understand without being too complex so it holds their attention. In fact I suggest buying two copies; one to have in the kitchen, where it will inevitably get some cooking stains, and one to keep clean to enjoy all the great watercolor artwork.
Our local schools teach the kids a lot about nutrition and the value of eating fresh, home-made foods. Those lessons are meaningless unless we reinforce them at home with recipes and activities like these. The best part of this book for me as a mom: quality time engaged with my kids doing something that both educates them and empowers them in the kitchen.
Besides all of that, the ART is absolutely frame-able and I will be contacting the illustrator to see if it is available apart from the book.
Since enjoying my own copy I have purchased 5 more and look forward to giving this as a gift to children and adults alike (especially grandparents!).
When shopping, I bought lots of fruits and veggies, displayed the book and made a beautiful assortment for the girls to choose from, as they came in from school. It made a creative way for them to unwind from their school day and snack. We made a cooking video of our fun time using this book. The girls would pick out the picture that they wanted to recreate, then the carving and chopping would begin; this was a teachable moment with kitchen tools which the book assists with. Bella made the cute ladybug apple and Sophia made the apple recipe. The sweet potato elephant picture baked into wedges so delicious,we made them twice that week. How proud I was of the girl's artwork as they created characters from the book, transforming it into our meal for the entire family. The book was perfect for empowering the girls to choose a healthier lifestyle.
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Really nice presentation.
The first time my 5 year old son opened the cookbook he was entranced by the beautiful painting of the Fun Foodie...Read more