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wasn't for the children we know
on 7 December 2012
This is an interesting book for children, however, I looked at it and think "I'm a grown up get me out of here!"
Recipes include: Giant Baked Beans, Lamb's Testicles, Eggheads, Fly Eggs, DIY Butter, Camel Hump, Bee Vomit, Porcupine Stew, Roasted Grasshopper, Silk Worm Pupae, Deep fried Scorpion, Snot and Foot Soup (aka pea and pig trotter), Jellyfish, Duck's Tongues, and so on.
Yes there are some "nicer" recipes, like "a meal in a loaf", but the "I'm a celebrity" ones are enough to give me pause.
Though I understand that this is trying to get children involved in cooking I can honestly say if I had been given this as a child it would have put me off cooking.
I also worry about the unexpected outburst in front of older relatives of "Lamb's Testicles" or "Bee Vomit", the shock and the necessary apologies followed by comments about "the way some people raise their children" and the "lack of manners" of children these days, which I can well do without.
But it is not my opinion which rules here, it is that of the children it is aimed at. I showed the book to one boy aged 10 who thought the gooey bits were "cool" but when asked if there was anything he fancied making out of the book he said "no" and spent the rest of the day running around shouting "testicles" at the top of his voice.
The 11 year old girl I showed it to had the opposite reaction to the boy and repeatedly exclaimed "gross". When asked if she would like to try any of the recipes she said "why?" When asked if she would like to cook anything she said "cottage pie".
A book like this is definitely in the "horses for courses" realm. You know your child, and if something like this might interest them then go for it, otherwise I wouldn't bother. This book was lost on the children which I tried it on.