Tiana’s Cookbook

Disney. Sept. 2022. 144p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781368074964.
Gr 1-5–Fans of The Princess and the Frog can follow in Tiana’s culinary footsteps with the 50 movie-inspired recipes in this cookbook. The recipes are graded on a level of difficulty from one (assembly-based recipes like Transforming Fruit Salad) to five (multistep dishes like Diner-Style Chicken and Biscuits), so there’s something for chefs of any skill level. Each recipe includes a full-page photo of the finished product, a blurb about the dish, and an illustration from the movie, in addition to the serving size, ingredients, and directions. Many also include a helpful tip for the recipe, such as an ingredient swap or potential time-saver. The recipes include New Orleans classics (Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Muffaletta Sandwich) as well as cheeky nods to the film and its characters (Princess Flatbread Pizza, Naveen-Style Green Beans). Introductory sections cover preparation, safety, and cleaning up, and the book concludes with a glossary of ingredients, equipment, and instructions that may be unfamiliar to readers.
VERDICT The Princess and the Frog’s food focus makes it a logical basis for a cookbook; the concept is well-executed and recommended for purchase where juvenile cookbooks, especially with a movie tie-in, are popular.

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