A Cookbook and Cookie Cutter Set.
Debora Pearson. Illustrated by Jane Kurisu.
Toronto, Somerville House Publishing, 1995. 32pp, spiral-bound paper,
English language-Alphabet-Juvenile literature.
Preschool - grade 6 / Ages 3 - 11.
Review by Kenneth Field.
The other night my six-year-old daughter and I embarked on a culinary
adventure with Alphabake. Our goal was to bake cookies,
using a recipe from the cookbook, in the shape of the letters of the
first initials of all of her classmates and her teacher. She would then
take the cookies to school for show-and-tell and share the fruits of her
labours with her classmates. I can't think of a more critical audience,
but this very discerning group received the cookies with acclaim.
This package, which includes the cookbook, twenty-six cookie cutters
for all the letters of the alphabet, and a cookie sheet, is marvellous.
The cookbook is well designed, with ring binding, which means it stays
open easily while one is cooking, and heavy, coated paper that will
withstand the rigors of children baking cookies. The recipes are well
laid out, with the ingredients in a box labelled "WHAT YOU NEED," and the
instructions under "WHAT YOU DO." The methods are illustrated so there
can be no confusion about what the instructions mean, and every step is
described in detail.
At the beginning of the book there is a "Safety Reminder" that
details the dos and don'ts of safe cooking. This is important since
children will be directly involved in the preparation and cooking. There
is also an illustrated guide of all the equipment necessary to prepare
the items in the book.
The recipes in Alphabake run the gamut from plain
sugar cookies to savory biscuits that can be eaten with spreads or
floated in soup. There are Silly Snake Spice Cookies, Cocoa Cookie
Kisses, Rolled-oat Riddle cookies, Play-b-c dough, and Hey Diddle
Diddle Dough from which one can make inedible words and ornaments. The
book also includes activities that use either the cookies baked or the
cookie cutters. For instance, one can make question-and-answer cookies
using the "Q" and the "A." The author has included three riddles that
children can have fun with.
Overall, this package is wonderful. It provides much scope for both
having fun in the kitchen and enjoying the results.
Kenneth Field is a librarian for Traill College at Trent University in
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