From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–This British import is organized into eight chapters, each featuring a different main ingredient chosen by teenage Sam's mates. Potatoes, pasta, vegetables, and chocolate are some of the items represented. There is a commendable emphasis on local food and fresh ingredients, although nutrition information is not included. Each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the dish, and throughout the book there are also many photos of the teens cooking, eating, or just hanging out. Some of the recipes will have wide appeal; others are more exotic, like Cool Cauli Curry. Unfortunately, some of the recipes are vague. For example, the main ingredient for Steak Jalapeño Pockets is listed as 4 rump or sirloin steaks, with no weight given. Does Stern really mean lemon rind instead of lemon zest in the Carrot Pasta recipe? Eggplant Roll-ups in Tomato Sauce advises readers to break eggs into a dish but doesn't tell them to stir them before dipping the eggplant slices. Experienced cooks can probably read between the lines in cases like these, but that shouldn't be necessary. Those looking for a cookbook by teens, for teens, might want to try Megan, Jill, and Judi Carle's Teens Cook: How to Make What You Want to Eat
(Ten Speed, 2004).–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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