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Sunday 11 October 2020

Review: Egg and Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook

What I loved about this book was the discarding of hard and fast rules. Cooking is likened to a wonderful journey of discovery; finding what works for you. What an amazing lesson for children to learn!   

Egg and Spoon is a cookbook with recipes for children as well as adults. There is a special Keeping Safe in the Kitchen page that gives tips on things that are common sense but aren’t commonly remembered.

It opens with the familiar listing of preparation before beginning and all the tools needed to create the following food.

 Cooking on the Stovetop and Cooking in the Oven sections require alternative tools.

These are listed separately.

Seven sections are allocated to the various meal times and ones in-between, and includes recipes for Celebrations and Special Ingredients for Food Allergies.

All the recipes are listed in identical layouts. The ingredients list is posted in a cream strip on the side. Symbols are used for alternatives – gluten-free or non-dairy, and when to use maple syrup instead of honey and non-dairy. Next to this is the amount that can be made, and how to complete the recipe.

Opening with Breakfast, a beautiful image of a peacock welcomes us into the section to be tempted by the Strawberry Chocolate Toasted Muesli, Breakfast Popsicles made with fruit and yogurt, baked beans (not like those in a tin), Strawberry French Toast and other – seven in all. Baking and Puddings follow. Then all the rest in their sections.

Every recipe from Cauliflower Pizza Base to Watermelon and Feta Salad, has their pages filled with coloured illustrations that appear thrown on the page in abandon by illustrator Giselle Clarkson. It’s a wonderful effect. Gorgeous, quality paper is used in all Gecko Press’ books as in this one. A stunning lipstick red cover displays a boiled egg with a gold crown on top, sitting in a white egg cup. Very effective.

Title: Egg and Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook
Author: Alexandra Tylee
Illustrator: Giselle Clarkson
Publisher: Gecko Press, $ 37.99
Publication Date: 7 October 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978177657 2984
For ages: 8+
Type: Cookbook