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Eat Fresh Foods: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs    by Rozanne Gold order for
Eat Fresh Foods
by Rozanne Gold
Order:  USA  Can
Bloomsbury, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

One way to get teens to eat healthy and nourishing foods is to have them prepare the snacks and meals themselves. Working with a group of youngsters between the ages of 9 and 19, Rozanne Gold gathered together 80 recipes that should tempt young chefs to try their luck in the kitchen. They'll discover how easy it is to whip together mac 'n' cheese, blueberry muffins, fish tacos or a mouthwatering bowl of fresh veggie soup in just minutes.

More to the point, young people will discover that the recipes they try are not only easy to follow but the end product also tastes good and is nutritionally sound. As Gold explains in the introduction, 'The criteria for inclusion were that 'the team' loved the recipes, had a good time making them, and learned about ingredients. They baked bread from scratch, whipped cream butter, made marmalade from carrots instead of oranges, fashioned summer cherries into bright red ices, roasted vegetables, and cooked proteins in various ways that demonstrated their unique characteristics.'

The recipes are divided into sections that include breads, soups and pasta, sandwiches and pizza, salads, dinner specials, side dishes and desserts. There's also an important chapter on planning an entire menu. Each recipe is explained on a single page and, along with the ingredients and instructions, there is a colored photo of what the prepared dish should look like.

If bow ties with wilted tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese or juicy chicken with roasted spaghetti squash sounds appetizing, this is a cookbook you'll want to look at. For something lighter, overnight vegetable tabbouleh, chickpea with fresh mango salsa, or a bowl of carrot-ginger-tomato soup might be in order. And to top off a meal or satisfy a craving for something sweet you'll want to try the chocolate mousse cake with raspberries, some honeydew-kiwi sorbet, or Danielle's fresh apple crisp.

Teen tested to make sure they are user friendly, the recipes in this inexpensive cookbook will make even the novice cook feel comfortable when he or she walks into the kitchen. Your teen will agree that this book really ROCKS! once he or she discovers the delights hidden away here.

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