Vegetarian Kids' Cookbook: Fresh, fun food show in 350 step-by-step photographs Hardcover – Nov 16 2010
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About the Author
Roz Denny is an accomplished food writer who has written on many culinary subjects, including rice, fish and shellfish, Chinese and Italian food and microwave cooking, as well as her specialty, vegetarian food, and cooking for children. She is the freelance editor for Weight Watchers magazine and a regular contributor to House and Garden magazine. Her culinary expertise also extends from food styling for photography, demonstrations, television, video and radio broadcasts to advising companies on new food trends and new product development ideas. Published works which Roz has either written or edited include Vegetarian: 200 Classic Recipes Shown Step by Step (Lorenz Books), Cheese: A Visual Guide to 400 Cheeses with 150 Recipes (Southwater), A Chef For All Seasons and Gordon Ramsay's Just Desserts (both Quadrille), Cooking For Beginners (Usborne), The Green Diet (Orion), and A Passion For Seafood (Conran Octopus).
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My big complaint is that the book is NOT intended for children, contrary to the what the title suggests. The text inside the book is very clear on the fact that the book is intended for PARENTS cooking for vegetarian children. The recipes are not presented in a style that would be easy for children to follow, despite the illustrations. For example, weights and measures are generally presented in triplicate: metric weight, English weight, and English volume (or Celsius, Fahrenheit, and gas setting in the case of oven heat); and ingredient names are often given in both British and American English, so that a typical ingredient reads: "175g/6oz/1 1/2 cups plain wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour". This is not easy for a young cook to read. Nor can a novice easily interpret directions like "cook gently until the vegetables are just tender".
So the book is not for kids. But I don't feel it's very useful for parents cooking for kids, either. The selection of foods does not seem especially kid-friendly. I mean, I'd be thrilled if my kids would eat cheese onion and mushroom flan, or herb omelettes, or pumpkin pistachio risotto, or anything involving smoked tofu, but come on. I can easily find more suitable and abundant recipes in Joy of Cooking. The step-by-step illustrations take up a lot of room and contribute very little. I can understand instructions like "put the ingredients into a bowl" without a helpful picture of the ingredients sitting in a bowl.
The book is heavy on outdated typical vegetarian meals. Lots of pasta (and bread products) dairy and eggs. Yes they are made in animal shapes with smilely faces, but my kid doesn't need bells and whistles to eat. Nachos, pizza. Blueberry muffins, fruit salad, veg soups, and roasted potatoes are what a random flip just produced.
This book was going to be my first Amazon return, but they kindly refunded me my money and let me keep it. It will be gifted off or donated away