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The Vegetarian Cookbook: More Than 50 Recipes for Young Cooks

DK. Dec. 2019. 128p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781465489654.
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Gr 4-6–The initial pages in this vegetarian cookbook focus on basic kitchen safety and equipment. A brightly colored visual breakdown of the different food groups educates young readers about making good dietary choices to get necessary nutrients. The rest of the text shares various recipes divided by category (“Best Breakfasts,” “Lovely Lunches”). Adventurous and picky eaters will find something to enjoy among the flavorful dishes. The recipes range in complexity, from the simple mango yogurt with toast dippers to the more complex sweet potato lasagna. Each entry features a photo of a finished dish and in-progress shots for each step. The ability to compare and mimic the recipe’s steps is valuable, but cooks will need to read recipes closely. The instructions are either crammed together under a single step or scattered around the page. Adult supervision is a must for most recipes. Younger cooks will likely need assistance with cutting and conducting stove-based tasks. Nutrition information, a glossary, and an index are also included.
VERDICT This vibrant cookbook will satisfy the curiosity of budding vegetarians and appeal to readers looking for meat-free recipes.

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