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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: Alice's Food A - Z

This fun, informative book is the perfect way to encourage children to take an interest in helping in the kitchen. Filled with interesting food-related facts, cooking tips and simple recipes, Alice’s Food A – Z: Edible Adventures is perfectly designed to engage the attention of children and inspire them to get involved in food preparation at home.

The author, Alice Zaslavsky, is a one-time MasterChef contestant and host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whiz. Throughout the book, Alice offers advice on how to tell if various fruits and vegetables are ripe, what flavours work well together, and how to prepare simple meals and snacks. There are also fact boxes with answers to food-related questions such as:

  • Why is milk white?
  • Why do onions make people cry?
  • Why don’t we wash mushrooms?


The book contains more than 40 recipes which range from peanut butter and honey on toast and potato wedges to prawn choi bow and making your own pasta. The design is bright and appealing, with a great mix of photos, illustrations and colour. Information is delivered in such an interesting way that kids won’t realise they are picking up tips on good hygiene in the kitchen, eating fresh nutritious food, and trying new flavours and combinations.

Alice’s Food A – Z is a fantastic for children who want to become more active in the kitchen as well as being a great classroom resource for topics related to food and nutrition.  I really enjoyed simply flicking through the pages of this book and discovering all sorts of random facts as well as picking up some handy cooking tips. This book is on my list for a great birthday or Christmas gift idea for infants and primary school-aged kids.

Title: Alice’s Food A – Z: Edible Adventures
Author: Alice Zaslavsky
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 April 2015
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9781922179388
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction

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