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Sesame Street: B is for Baking - 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together Spiral-bound – September 13, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Discover how muchfun baking can be with help from the Sesame Street gang!
Find 50 simple and fun recipes for everythingfrom pancakes to pizza, from quiche to cakes andcookies . . . and much more!
Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and moreof your favorite friends from Sesame Street introduce the recipes and share food facts, letter and number activities, and other baking fun.
Every recipe includes several "kids!" steps to getchildren involved in the kitchen.
About the Author
SESAME WORKSHOP is the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content - including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagmeent initiatives - that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs.
Since 2004, Sesame Workshop has led a Healthy Habits for Life campaign. Through episodes, products, and public service announcements, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and other Sesame Street friends encourage kids to try healthy foods and exercise.
In March 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a collaboration of Sesame Workshop, Produce Marketing Association (PMA), and the Partnership for a Healtheir America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids.
The Sesame Street social network continues to grow with over 17 million Facebook fans and 832K+ Twitter followers, plus an expanding presence on Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.
Top Customer Reviews
Although we haven't tried too many recipes in this book yet, the ones we have tried were surprisingly good. Last night's dinner for example was Rosita's Beefy Enchilada Pie -- YUM!
Although there are steps that adults have to complete, the steps that are kid appropriate are clearly identified and are fun. For example last night's dinner had my son pushing a crust in the bottom of a pie pan and stirring various times. He also stayed to watch me dicing onions and peppers and shredding cheese. Lots of learning about food was happening. i also appreciate that the recipes are not full of "junky" foods and good ingredients are used. It is a book about BAKING so there are certainly lots of sweets recipes, but there are also main dishes and side dishes in the book as well.
It also features spiral binding to allow the pages to lie flat, a nice feature on any cookbook.
All in all, though, I was disappointed.
The pages are very, very thin, and I don't think they will hold up well to being turned by little, less-coordinated fingers. They certainly won't hold up to any drips or spatters during cooking.
Also, not one, single recipe features pictures of any of the steps of the recipe. Photos are of the final product, and the steps are awfully complex for little ones. For example, step 3 of one recipe reads, "In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, ricotta cheese, yogurt, sugar, and cinnamon, With a wooden spoon, stir in the drained noodles and raisins. Spoon the mixture into the oiled baking dish." That's all one step.
While I imagine that this was done to limit each recipe to a few "easy" steps, that's a lot to process. With preschoolers, draining the noodles is a step. Stirring is a step. Spooning is a step, and so on.
I would have loved to have see the Sesame puppets used to model and teach safety tips and baking techniques that the littlest kids can manage, such as how to use a whisk, how to measure with a measuring cup, or how to spoon cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. Instead, there are only drawings of the characters with speech bubbles saying things like "Count the different noodles you see in your pantry." or "Most eggs have just one yolk inside, but every once in awhile, there are two. And that's no yoke!". Not terrible, but not as strong as it could be.
And, finally, I don't feel like the recipe selection is especially suited to preschool tastes. While I am not one of those people who limits a child's food choices to "kiddy foods" like chicken nuggets, my experience has been that - in the toddler and preschool years - all but the most adventurous eaters prefer simple recipes with limited ingredients.
If I'm making chicken piccata for the family, I know my littlest eater will probably prefer a plate with chicken, sauce on the side for dipping, noodles to the side, simple vegetables and so on, rather than everything mixed together. A plate of "sorted" vegetables is preferred over a tossed salad. If I were writing a baking book for toddlers and preschoolers, I might opt for simple flavors.
This book includes things like a carrot-raisin-pineapple cake with Greek yogurt and lemon rind frosting and a casserole with potatoes, kale, onion, eggs, cottage cheese, and tomatoes.
The recipes have (kind of dumb) kid-friendly names, like "Yummy Tummy Biscuits", but the recipes themselves aren't really written with most little kids in mind. They seem more suited to young chefs in the 7 -12 year range. With many recipes calling for 14 - 16 ingredients, these could be expensive experiments if it turns out your little one isn't buying into beets in the red velvet cupcakes or a baked baby spinach and goat cheese egg dish.
I purchased as a gift, but am returning the book because I just don't see it being very useful for families in the kitchen.
Although it doesn't have the appealing Sesame characters, I very much prefer the Early Sprouts Cookbook for healthy, kid-friendly recipes that children can enjoy preparing and won't balk at eating.
I am positive that who ever buys this book, grandparents, moms, dads, aunts, who ever, will not only have fun baking, but will find that it is a great way to spend time with the children and when the final product is done, share with the family, as the children gloat over what the final product is. easy instructions.
My 4 year old loves to help in the kitchen and loves Sesame Street so why not pair the 2 and learn about healthy foods, measuring, counting, and putting snacks and meals together in a fun and innovative way?!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking forward to trying more, plus few new added ones.