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  • Written by Mollie Katzen and Ann L. Henderson
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781883672065
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Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes

A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up

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In this sequel to her classic Pretend Soup--considered by many to be the gold standard of children’s cookbooks--award-winning author/illustrator Mollie Katzen works her magic with 20 new, child-tested recipes including such delicacies as Counting Soup, Chewy Energy Circles, and Polka Dot Rice. Each illustrated recipe offers the child chef the opportunity to count, measure, mix, assemble, and most important, have fun. Designed as do-together projects--with the child as chef and the adult as assistant--these kitchen adventures will give children confidence in their cooking skills and inspire a life-long healthy relationship with food. With Salad People and a little time in the kitchen, budding chefs will cheer: “I like it because I made it myself!”

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SALAD PEOPLE

The Critics Rave:
We’re gonna make people out of food! --jack
I’m gonna make my sister. --theo
Maybe I should make a carrot zipper. --simone
Strawberry hair! --serafina

To the Grown-ups:
Children will get deeply involved with this concept, which is all about creating a miniature person out of cheese, fruit, vegetables, and perhaps even pasta. In addition to being a cross between an art project and a great snack or lunch, this recipe presents a wonderful opportunity to introduce new foods--or at least new food combinations--to young children.
There is no right or wrong way to make a Salad Person. In fact, if your child doesn’t feel like making something representational, it’s fine to make a food design instead. In either case, let your youngster guide the experience as inspiration occurs.

Cooking Hints and Safety Tips

Children can help with some of the preparations, such as slicing strawberries and bananas, grating carrots, or spreading peanut butter into celery. They also enjoy helping place all the various components in small bowls and setting everything up.

The Salad Person’s face can be made with cottage cheese or yogurt. Children of color might prefer to use coffee or chocolate yogurt so the Salad Person can look like family.

You can firm up any flavor of yogurt by placing it in a paper-lined cone coffee filter over a bowl for a few hours--or even overnight. The whey will drip out of the yogurt, leaving behind a firmer curd, often referred to as “yogurt cheese.” Keep in mind that you’ll end up with only about 60 percent of the original volume.

The amounts are quite flexible, so just estimate the quantities.
Children’s Tools: Cutting boards and child-appropriate knives (if the children are going to help with the cutting); spoons for scooping; a plate and fork for each person

Salad People Recipe
Cored pear halves, peel optional (fresh and ripe, or canned and drained)
Cottage cheese or very firm yogurt
Strips of cheese (cut wide and thin, to be limbs)
Sliced bananas (cut into vertical spears as well as rounds)
Cantaloupe or honeydew
(cut into 4-inch slices)
Celery sticks (plain or stuffed
with nut butter)
Shredded carrots
(in long strands, if possible)
Sliced strawberries

1) Place a pear half in the center of each plate, flat side down.

2) Arrange a round scoop of cottage cheese or very firm yogurt above the narrow top of the pear, so that the cheese or yogurt looks like a head and the pear looks like a torso.

3) Create arms and legs from strips of cheese, banana spears, melon slices, or celery sticks (stuffed or plain).

4) Create hair, facial features, hands, feet, buttons, zippers, hats, and so forth from any combination of the remaining ingredients.

5) Name it and eat!

yield: Flexible! Just put out a lot of food. Store the leftovers for next time, which will likely be soon.
Mollie Katzen

About Mollie Katzen

Mollie Katzen - Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes

While best-selling author, public speaker, and food/nutrition/cultural history scholar MOLLIE KATZEN is best known as the creator of the vegetarian classic, Moosewood Cookbook, her children's cookbooks, Pretend Soup, Honest Pretzels, and Salad People have become standard fare in homes and classrooms across the country. Mollie teaches healthful cooking and eating to all age groups, from preschools in her home-base of Berkeley, California, to Harvard University, where she is a consultant and co-creator of their new, groundbreaking Food Literacy Initiative.

Praise

Praise

Smell it! It’s gonna be delicious! —Kate

Be careful because this might be too yummy for me to eat! —Theo

More please! I really liked it. —Andrew

“Play Points: 5 (out of 5). ­­A delectable starter!” --Nick Jr. Magazine

“This is the best book to date on cooking with preschoolers.” --Scholastic Parent & Child

“A winner!” --School Library Journal

“You can toss a coin whether to give this charming cookbook, for preschoolers and up, to your favorite kid or to a food-loving adult who deals with children.” --San Francisco Chronicle
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