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Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters Hardcover – 11 Oct 2007

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This book presents stories from the earliest days of stories, when hunters told of their exploits around the campfire, to the era of kings listening to the storyteller at the royal feast, to the time of TV dinners, stories and eating have been close companions. So it is not unusual that folk stories are often about food: Jack's milk cow traded for beans, Snow White given a poisoned apple, Hansel and Gretel lured by the gingerbread house. Exquisitely illustrated by Philippe Beha, "Fairy Tale Feasts" is more than a collection of stories and recipes. In it, Caldecott-winning author Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple, imagine readers as co-conspirators, cooks and tellers of tales themselves.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Storybook with Recipes! 30 Jun 2006
By L Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love to browse through different cookbooks. I have quite a collection, and usually go to the library to find new recipes to try before I decide to purchase the entire book. I normally look for 3 things in a cookbook, besides delicious recipes that will work for my family. This includes:

1) Pictures of more than ¾ of the recipes (Color pictures are the best)

2) A spiral binding, or at least on that easily lays flat

3) New & innovative recipes that have ingredients I can easily find at a grocery store

For this book, I was intrigued by the fact that each fairy tale in the book was accompanied by at least one recipe that goes along with it. For example, Little Red Riding Hood is accompanied by recipes for Deviled Eggs, Granny's Potato Salad, and Chicken Salad Pockets (all of the items that may have been included in Riding Hood's basket). The book offers great illustrations to go along with each story...this is a beautiful book! However, there are no actual photographs of the finished recipes, and was not in a binding that laid flat. Even though I normally wouldn't rate a cookbook as a 5 star without these items, the premise of the book was fun and fresh, and the book itself was lovely.

I loved the concept of this book, and highly recommend it as a gift for children that like stories and cooking.

Some of our favorites include: Chicken Salad Pockets, Sweet-Smelling Cinnamon Bread, Jack's Magic Party Beans, and Snow White's Baked Apples. Enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Food Facts are the Most Fun 1 Oct 2007
By Laura Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Overall I really liked this book. Jane Yolen's versions of 20 fairy tales (many having to do with food) were fun and nicely retold. Some are pretty familiar to us all and other are more obscure. I also liked the offbeat illustrations by Phillippe Beha.

I'm not sure who did the research but what I enjoyed most were the history of the tales and the facts about food in the columns next to the recipes. Did you know that grapes are considered berries and that pumpkins are 90% water? Who knew? Those types of things in the book I found to be really fascinating.

I love the concept of this book but unfortunately, the recipes are not very magical. I'm sure the woman who wrote the recipes was trying to keep things simple so that children could easily participate in the cooking. Simple is fine but a little inspiration would have helped a lot. The twenty or so recipes are very ordinary on the whole.

This could have been a book used to introduce children to new foods (you know--some of that green stuff along with some herbs and spices) but that is not what we end up getting so it's a bit of a disappointment to an otherwise delightful book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Whimsical and fun cookbook for kids. 16 Jun 2013
By Lisa Nelms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a creative writing class for second graders. The kids had a great time picking out recipes to make on Fridays. After a while they started coming up with their own recipe ideas. This book opened another outlet for their untapped creativity. I loved it! I just wish I had thought of writing a fairytale cookbook first.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fairy Tale Meals 9 Jan 2007
By John R. Wasse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has the most beautiful illustrations on each page. One gets the feeling that the recipes will be as wonderful as the pictures!

The recipes are also very unusual such as Cinderella's "Pumpkin tarts" from her infamous carriage ride with the prince.

It also has the most unique memorabilia in the index on each page. I learned things I had totally forgotten since my childhood days when the fables were more truth than fiction. It's a book that will be passed onto the children of the children reading it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is fabulous! 16 April 2007
By Feral Sirensong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have always absolutely loved Jane Yolen and having a cookbook written by her is just a dream come true. My son, six years old, is the perfect age for being engaged in the stories AND cooking the resulting recipes. He loves this book.

Ms. Yolen has written many of our family's favorites, including Sacred Places and Child of Fairie, Child of Earth. Anything that has her name on it, I will carefully consider. She's amazing.
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