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From Firefly Books comes this wonderful kitchen guide for young folks

Clueless in the Kitchen

A Cookbook for Teens

Evelyn Raab; Illustrations by George A. Walker

216 pages, 7″ x 10″ x 9/16″

black and white illustrations, index


This thorough and witty culinary guide demystifies the kitchen and its contents for young adults and anyone who’s found themselves in front of a full fridge exclaiming, “There’s nothing to eat here!” With 200 easy-to-follow recipes, Evelyn Raab shows the culinary neophyte how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion.

Revised for a new generation of students, this amusing cookbook focuses on creating whole, healthy foods using fresh ingredients. Recipes are coded with easy-to-understand icons and symbols that sort each dish into categories, such as vegetarian meals, cheap eats, couch potato, mom and family food, and cooking to impress.

My review:

Be sure to add Clueless in the Kitchen to your December gift list! Written for youngsters, teenagers, and young adults, this guide book/cookbook is superb. It’s a cookbook that also includes pages of helpful suggestions for those who are new to the territory. The recipes are appealing, easily explained, and garnished by a lighthearted, humorous style. Honest- to- goodness true cooking here. This is not a cookbook with box and can style recipes.

There are no pictures but I didn’t miss them since the steps and explanations were thorough and descriptive. Additionally, recipes included icons to identify various types which are: cheap eats, mom food, vegetarian, cooking to impress, and dinner for the family, as well as gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. 

What a wonderful book to inspire and empower kids in the kitchen!! 

My thanks to Firefly Books for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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This a great book that’s available from Firefly Books

Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds: More Than 1,000 Photographs

Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds
More Than 1,000 Photographs

224 pages, 9″ X 11″ X 11/8″

more than 1000 step-by-step color photos, index, entertaining diary

wiro-bound concealed hardcover

Published by Robert Rose Books

A gorgeous table begins with beautiful napkin folds.Knowing how to execute a perfect napkin fold is not a skill everyone has, but it’s one you can easily and quickly teach yourself. Napkin folds bring a touch of elegance, whimsy or retro style to your table. And napkin folds take your table setting to the next level with no added expense — you’re just learning dozens of clever new ways to present something you already have.The 100 folds are divided into easy, intermediate and advanced sections, so you’ll know which ones to start with and how to work your way up. Simpler is often better and often the most formal folds, in fact, tend to be relatively easy. And when you’re using napkins with an elaborate pattern or design, a simple fold may show it off the best.The hundreds of step-by-step photographs, detailed instructions and wide array of ideas will make every event memorable — whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a sophisticated dinner party for grownups. And the concealed wirobound hardcover format with its user-friendly approach makes following instructions a breeze.Like a handwritten thank-you note, napkins folds might be less common than they once were, but they’re always noticed, always appreciated and always in style.
Denise Vivaldo is a seasoned food professional who has catered more than 10,000 parties. She’s the founder of Food Fanatics, a recipe-development, food-styling and catering firm. She’s catered everything from the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball to Hollywood wrap parties. She is the author of Entertaining Encyclopedia.

My review:

November welcomes the holiday entertaining season and Napkin Folds is just the book you’ll need to add some pizzazz to your table.

The book starts with easy folds and continues with intermediate and advance folds. The advanced are really not that tricky. Each fold is numbered and presented in color on both pages. A short paragraph intro tells about the fold, napkin material, and color to use;  written directions and photos follow. The photo steps are shown “to the observer”. This was backward to me and I turned the book upside down while I worked on a fold. My suggestion is that the photo steps be presented from the view “of the person folding”. The book’s spiral binding keeps the book open flat.

 Using a perfectly square napkin is recommended but sadly none of the ones I owned were perfect. I’ll be considering that when I purchase more. The intro is where I learned how the napkin ring originated. “The original intent of monogrammed silver napkin rings was to identify the napkin of each household member so his or her napkin could be reused, avoiding the labor-intensive task of daily laundering.” And the last page of the book contains a reproducible entertaining dairy. I love this book with the many creative folds for a specially prepared table. I would recommend it for use with any home economics curriculum. 

My thanks to Firefly Books for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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