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“Who’s Cooking Tonight?” book review

April 4, 2011

Awesome tasting recipes with Claire Gourley – Finalist : New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2011

Reviewed by librarian Mrs Raewyn Murray.

We see foodie programmes on TV every day and, for most of us, the Master Chef style of cooking is well beyond our abilities.  When I came across Who’s Cooking Tonight  I knew that here was a book I would enjoy.  It is an attractive book, bright and colourful,  with a very friendly “read me” factor.

The author is a lively 17 year old schoolgirl who is passionate about cooking. Besides writing the book she has done cooking programmes on TV and has her own website

The book  has mouth-watering food that will appeal to just about everyone, young and old.  Some recipes are real favourites of mine;  like stir fries, meatloaf and apple crumble. Others I hope to try soon;  like rapid ratatouille and bacon capsicum carbonara. In fact, I think all the recipes are so user –friendly that it will be easy for any young or beginner cook to have a go. 

Claire has personalized her book with great photos of her preparing meals and sharing them with her friends and family. There are clear step-by-step photos and as long as the cook reads the recipe carefully, success is guaranteed. She includes handy tips and things to do to have fun in the kitchen; like “My personal best: I can make a single apple peel 75cm long!  What can you do?”

Yes, you can safely put this book in the hands of  youngsters to wean them off junk food and help them become good cooks too.  Meanwhile, kids, get hold of the library’s copy and start cooking yummy meals.  If the book is no longer on display, check the Junior Non Fiction shelf J 641.512, and if not there, then you can reserve it. 

Videos of her  “How” for young cooks can be viewed on YouTube, so there is no excuse for not learning to cook! 

One Comment
  1. Nice review, Raewyn.


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