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Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef Hardcover – November 16, 2011
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Most of the recipes have a pretty long list of ingredients. For instance mac & cheese (page 41) has 13 ingredients including crumbled fresh goat cheese. Jack's perfect meat loaf (page 60) has 18 ingredients including 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 teaspoon Knorr Catdo de Tomate (that's how it's spelled in the book) soup base which I've never heard of or seen in a store. Vegetable and barley soup (page 44) has 15 ingredients including 3 tablespoons minced fresh flat leaf parsley, 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil. Mexican style turkey strips (page 56) has 14 ingredients. Tomato & herb penne pasta (page 47) has 10 ingredients. That recipe also calls for chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fresh thyme, chopped fresh oregano and freshly grated parmesan cheese. The "twist it up" note says "using fresh herbs is always best but if you don't have any on hand you can substitute dried herbs". But there's no mention of the amount of dried herbs to sub for chopped fresh. Many of the recipes call for chopped fresh herbs.
White chicken chili calls for 17 ingredients including a jalepeno chile seeded and minced. Would a child know how to seed and mince a jalapeno?Read more ›
Jack's recipes are healthy, easy, and delicious. From the chocolate cake to pasta carbonara, angel-hair pasta in tomato-basil sauce to Shepherd's pie, ALL dishes have earned the highest rating in our family: "Make this again, Mom!" (Note: my family would eat bread, cheese and cucumbers every day, if they had their way, so the request for more means a lot)
The cookbook is divided into 6 cooking sections (breakfast, lunch, school-night dinners, weekend meals, appetizers & side dishes, and sweets). This makes it easy to decide if I want a quick-n-easy meal, or something that takes a little longer. Additionally, there are helpful hints on every page, including "twist it up" suggestions on how to easily vary the recipe.
There is also a section about Jack and how he got involved with cooking. His story is a heart-touching one, and I wish him continuous good health on his journey.
The layout is colorful yet clear. The recipes are easy to read. The print is a good size for middle-age eyes,and there is enough white space on each page to make it relaxed reading. Additionally, the photographs are great!! Not only are there photos of almost every recipe, BUT there are terrific pix of Jack and his buddies, and gorgeous Redondo Beach.
Do I have a favorite recipe? All are keepers. The Rockin' Chili is amazing, the cupcakes were made for a school bake sale (and promptly sold out), chicken tacos are great. The chicken noodle soup is my child's favorite, my husband like the grilled ham & cheese, and I'm in for the spinach lasagne. As I type this, the chocolate cake is in the oven for a birthday party tomorrow....
Jack--when you grow up, I want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in your restaurant! :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. My son and I love that it was written by a kiddo. My son loves to flip through and find a new recipe to try. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lauren Krudwig
Great recipes that are easy to make with children! Tasty and fun.Published 1 month ago by Liseli Mulala
Way too difficult for the kids just beginning too cook. I was disappointed as it was just a regular cookbook with a child on its cover.Published 2 months ago by ree
Lots of inspiration in this book. Both in jack and his recipes. Food friendly cooking for kids and adults. Loved this cookbook.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Caprise