Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
The Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook

The Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook

Fall 2002 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Judi Gillies
Author: Jennifer Glossop
Illustrator: Louise Phillips
Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 1550749773
Hardcover Price: $14.95
The "Kids Can" Press knows how to present a child-friendly cookbook. This is a no-frills (no photos, not a lot of art) yet very happy book. The recipes, rated as beginner, intermediate or advanced level, are straightforward and simple to follow.

The book's introduction gives a good overview of general nutrition and kitchen techniques. The nutrition section explains how to have a diet adequate in protein without an overabundance of animal products; good news for kids, who are more prone today to have elevated cholesterol levels and all the problems associated with them.

Recipes are introduced with useful information and serving suggestions to assist in building a meal around the recipe. The book's format makes it easy to shop for ingredients and get the kitchen ready. Chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes, anyone?

Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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