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Pretend Soup: And Other Real Recipes [Hardcover]

Mollie Katzen , Ann Henderson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 April 1994
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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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (1 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883672066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883672065
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 21 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise from the Washington Post & Horn Book
What makes this book so alluring is the art--bright whimsical animals--and the two sets of instructions. One set is for the adults. The other set is for the small chefs...They don't even need to be able to read!--The Washington Post

An unusually accessible, attractive, process-oriented cookbook for preschoolers...with imaginative and appealing recipes.--Horn Book


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the Pre-Schooler's Soul!!! 3 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What a find! Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson have compiled a delicious assortment of fun-to-make recipes for kids. My daughter was THRILLED to be able to make and serve Blueberry Pancakes for Sunday breakfast. The experience was a terrific boost for her. You could virtually see her self-esteem growing as she presented her culinary masterpiece to us. She also made chocolate-banana shakes for dessert last night. The recipes are so well illustrated that she is able (at 4 and a half years old) to verify that she has included all of the ingredients. She is eagerly anticipating her next cooking adventure. I tip my chef's hat to the authors for combining real food with recipes that are truly suited for kids. Does anyone know if the Culinary Institute of America offers scholarships? I think she's ready!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 4yo son LOVES ~his~ cookbook! 28 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I just got this recently, and my 4yo immediately took possession. He loves the picture recipe instructions. He made popovers for the family last weekend, almost on his own! Yummy (especially w/ honey butter)
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for kids 13 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is not a basic cookbook for young children as I had hoped. It isn't "to inspire an early appreciation for creative, wholesome food" or at "child level" as claimed. It is more of your high end Nigella type idealism but very American and unsuitable at least in it's basic form without adaption for young children to learn cooking skills independently, or follow through on healthy eating promotion.

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The majority of recipes require a skillet "it is ideal" in fact...but I actually don't have one of those to hand, and not the required electric version. This is the basis for safe child involvement and hence without it, the reader has to adapt and substitute. Other equipment cited included regularly microwaves juicers & blenders - not child led. Other safety concerns I have is the unclear nature of instruction...often stating in bold "never let a child use an adult knife" but then listing serated dinner knife as required equipment for childs own usage, made safe by taping to identify the handle end. Often the younger childs role appears to be demoted to putting things into bowls or sprinkling sugar. There's nothing on nutrition, food pyramids, healthy eating, food groups, equipment etc

Translations for Zuccini, baby Zukes, squash, popovers, oatmeal please on a postcard. Do you have alfafa sprouts and refried beans, sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar & guava in addition in your store cupboard? that's assuming your child will willingly eat such things! If we say ok, they will learn (the American version) about this new product/food....do you want your children eating canned refried beans or salt and butter in most recipes? Americanisation rears it's head again in the product...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed 29 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The idea of this book sounded great-I am always interested in finding ways to help my daughter eat more food as she goes through stages of being really picky.

The book contains recipes for meals; one version for the adult and a comic strip version for the child to follow.

I had hoped that the recipes would be mainly healthy but most are for cakes and fairly fattening food with a lot of dairy. I don't think most kids need encouragement to cook and eat cakes! I'd have preferred ways of getting them to eat more veggies and pulses. I'm also a bit disappointed in the illustrations, they are really basic and not very inspiring.

I'd recommend this if you have a rainy afternoon and would like an activity, but not if you want to improve your child's nutrition!
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute... recipies are fun and yummy 24 Mar 2003
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My daughter is only 3, but she participates a lot in these recipies. Lots of fun.
The names they give the foods and the pictures also make children more willing to eat the food. If you have a picky eater he/she will surely eat the creations from this book.
I appreciate that they didnt use a lot of fancy ingreadiants or get too rediculous with cutting things into shapes etc. like many kid's recipie books
The hide-and-seek muffins are awsome! they taste like shortcake w/ the strawberry baked right in!
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the Pre-Schooler's Soul!!! 3 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What a find! Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson have compiled a delicious assortment of fun-to-make recipes for kids. My daughter was THRILLED to be able to make and serve Blueberry Pancakes for Sunday breakfast. The experience was a terrific boost for her. You could virtually see her self-esteem growing as she presented her culinary masterpiece to us. She also made chocolate-banana shakes for dessert last night. The recipes are so well illustrated that she is able (at 4 and a half years old) to verify that she has included all of the ingredients. She is eagerly anticipating her next cooking adventure. I tip my chef's hat to the authors for combining real food with recipes that are truly suited for kids. Does anyone know if the Culinary Institute of America offers scholarships? I think she's ready!
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for parents and children! 4 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Pretend Soup" is thoughtfully written, beautifully illustrated, and a great introduction to cooking for small children. Each recipe has detailed instructions for the grown-up helper, followed by a two-page children's recipe -- step-by-step pictures and simple word instructions.
Unlike some other children's cookbooks, the recipes are all "real", healthful foods (Pretend Soup is a real recipe for a fruit salad in a yogurt/orange juice "soup").
This has become one of my standard gifts for the 4-6 year old birthday party circuit.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, SALT!" 14 Jan 2003
By Wayward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was my daughters response when she found the Zucchini moons recipe. She never ate them before, but now she knows tht salt is the secret! This book has a variety of recipes that kids (and adults) will enjoy...from Bagel faces to popovers to chocolate banana shakes...in easy to follow, kid and adult friendly format.
The recipes are vegetarian with an emphasis on health, they are not, however, vegan friendly.
Oh, and a tip on the oatmeal recipe...it's ready to eat sooner if you drop a frozen cube of milk in.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable! 16 Feb 2000
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This bright and engaging cookbook written and illustrated by Mollie Katzen will appeal to children of all ages, from the toddler dying to get his hands in the muffin batter to the 9-year-old just learning his way around the kitchen. Easy to follow illustrations demonstrate the recipes for the youngest "readers", while captivating cartoon characters liven the pages. Fun and delicious taste treats that were served to Mollie's panel of kiddie experts and passed the test! She's got the quotes to prove it. Adorable!
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