The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook {a book review}

 
Title:  The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook:  Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult
Author:  Mike Berenstain
ISBN:  9780310747208
Price:  $12.99 (USD)
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date:  Feb 10, 2015
Ages: 4-8
 
This is a "cubs" cookbook, to be done alongside an adult.  The book is sorted into 5 sections:
  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch
  3. Main Dishes
  4. Dessert and Snacks
  5. Extras - Grace, Honey Facts and Kitchen Measurements
Each section has a short story of the Bear family, followed by the recipes.  The pages each have an illustration and each recipe has a photo example. The ingredients and directions are each laid out in a clean and easy to read fashion.
 
This book isn't intended to be a kid's healthy, allergy free, cookbook but rather, a fun introduction to preparing meals.  It's done up in theme to the Berenstain Bears, so many recipes have honey, nuts, dairy and wheat.  There is a mixture of healthy vs. very processed recipes in this book and all are relatively quick to make.
 
The "Grace Before Meals" page offers an example for kids to follow in saying grace before a meal.  The illustration is a cute little garden scene made from food art.  I do like the page and did read it with my own kids, but it seems it would be better placed at the beginning of the book, not the end.
 
Overall, I do like this little cookbook.  It is a great way for kids to work (mostly) independently, to gain confidence in preparing a meal or a treat.  My kids enjoying looking through the book and choosing a couple things to make, or to plan on making after a shopping trip.
 
We made "Crustless Tuna Sandwiches" for lunch one day, and the kids were so proud of themselves in their accomplishments.  We also made the "Mug Brownie".  There are no nutrient values given in the book, but I would guess this was very high in saturated fats.  Even so, all things in moderation.  The kids very much enjoyed their special treat.
 
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

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