Egg & Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook
This is a book for every family kitchen. Although it has been designed for children, it feels like a swish cookbook that you should leave lying around to show that you are not only a domestic deity, but you are also the kind of caregiver that manages this without compromising on style. But for the children; the pictures are bright and appealing with a wicked sense of humour. My favourite comes at the end of the book next to ‘Keeping Safe in the Kitchen’ and shows a sheep carefully chopping vegetables with an enormous purple monster about to pounce from behind. The instructive pictures are fun too and if you ever are confused about what the skewer should look like when you are testing a cake to see if it is cooked, you won’t be after looking through Egg and Spoon.
The book is unassuming and starts with some basics that children (and some adults who have just left home) need to know. The text is clear with lots of white space making it easy to read and dip in and out of for instruction. The ingredients are in a column of their own with a different background which I found practical and attractive.
I know that this will be a winner in our school library and that the Garden to Table team will want their own copy too. My recommendation is to buy it quickly, for libraries and for presents.
Title: Egg & Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook
Author: Alexandra Tylee
Illustrator: Giselle Clarkson
Publisher: Gecko Press
ISBN: 978 1 776572 98 4
Publication: October 2020
Reviewer: Kirsten Puddick, Librarian, Holy Cross School, Miramar, Wellington
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence: Pipi Café is my restaurant.
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