Reviews for Teen Cuisine : New Vegetarian


Booklist Reviews 2010 September #1
"With its clearly outlined, sophisticated recipes and sumptuous color photos worthy of a coffee-table title, this substantial, well-designed cookbook takes its young audience seriously as it invites them to develop culinary skills. In contrast to some youth cookbooks, there are no condescending attempts to cutesify food on these pages. Locricchio has collected an excellent repertoire of basic dishes that will appeal to a broad teen palette while also reflecting young people's growing awareness of and comfort with international flavors and healthy choices. A section of breakfast dishes, for example, includes two salsa recipes, an eggless tofu scramble, and "Slow Cakes" made with buckwheat, which, like several other lesser-known ingredients throughout the book, is defined in a succinct, informative sidebar. Also included are comfort-food favorites such as mac and cheese and chicken pot pie; a whole chapter on pizzas; and mouthwatering desserts, including chocolate fondue and ice-cream sandwiches. Safety cautions, equipment suggestions, conversion charts, boxed tips, and a glossary round out this inspiring, contemporary guide, which should be a first suggestion to any aspiring young chef." Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
With this useful resource, delectable dishes made with fresh ingredients are within teens' reach. Everything from breakfasts to soups, salads, entrees, and desserts are featured. Few packaged or canned shortcuts are recommended, so these recipes may involve a little extra time and care; the rewards are evident, as shown in appetizing photographs. Ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 October

Gr 8 Up--With an emphasis on fresh, healthy, and made-from-scratch dishes, this title offers up a wide array of recipes from breakfast to dessert and everything in between, illustrated with fantastic photography. The recipes are all formatted in steps titled "On your mark…Get set…Cook!" The chapter headings are all show-business related--"Star-studded Salads and Dressings," "Red Carpet Desserts"--but it isn't clear why. Also, several recipes call for other recipes to be made first: the hummus calls for "sesame sauce" that is featured on another page and the mashed potatoes call for roasted garlic butter, which also appears on another page. Most teens don't want a three-page recipe for burgers. Better choices include Rozanne Gold's Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs (Bloomsbury, 2009) and Megan, Jill & Judi Carle's Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat (Ten Speed, 2004).--Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA

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VOYA Reviews 2010 October
On your mark, get ready, cook! From breakfast to dessert, the more than fifty recipes in this well-organized and visually attractive cookbook should appeal to beginning chefs of all ages. Featured food groups include snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, and entrees. "Pizza Coast to Coast" may prove to be the intended audience's favorite chapter. The author emphasizes fresh ingredients, good nutrition, and enjoyable and prudent food preparation. Food safety tips are included at the beginning of the book and throughout in the beneficial "Chef's Tips" sidebars. Some of the recipes may prove challenging but should be well worth the effort. By following these step-by-step instructions teens will gain confidence in the kitchen, learn culinary skills, and eat healthier. Note: This reviewer tried out the Not-an-Ordinary Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe and can highly recommend it. Each recipe includes a conversational introduction, a list of ingredients, clear directions, and eye-popping photographs of the fully prepared dish. (While the recipes are made with fresh and healthy foods, it should be noted that nutritional value and calorie count information is not included.) The appendix consists of an annotated list of uncommon ingredients, a metric conversion chart, and an illustrated list of kitchen equipment and utensils. The index is concise and helpful. This contemporary collection of recipes will appeal to teen cooks and would make a great gift or an excellent addition to a library's cookbook collection.--Lynne Farrell Stover Index. Illus. Photos. Appendix. 5Q 3P M J S Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.

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