Thanksgiving (for Americans) was yesterday. You know, that day where you call 25 relatives over to your house and serve a 60 pound turkey, lathered with 5 gallons of gravy, a tub of thick mashed potatoes, along with 20 cans of cranberry sauce, and 6 bushels of corn, plus a bunch of other stuff you didn’t even get to? Well, chances are, you aren’t going to eat it all in one day (geeze – I hope you don’t!) and you are going to have a ton of leftovers.
After a few days of eating Thanksgiving dinner leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it may be time for something new! Well this book has a great idea – just dump it all together!
Written by Angela Petrella & Michaelanne Petrella
Illustrated by Mike Bertino & Erin Althea
48 pages – ages 4+
Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on November 19, 2013
Summary- Kristen told her mom “it was time for me to learn to cook” and comes up with a recipe that she invents. Kristen wants to finally be in charge and tells her mom she can help if she listens to her. On her shopping list for her mom, she lists things like 20 bags of marshmallows, 4 hundred hot dogs, bowl, NEW PUPPY (no the puppy doesn’t go into the recipe, but what a great idea to get one), water squirter, horse meat substitute and other unusual things needed for her unique recipe. Mom, being the good mom, gets the stuff on the list and the girl starts making the recipe. Mom takes over at the parts where Kristen has to use boiling water. Kristen thinks that’s okay. The recipe keeps growing and growing (literally) and they make a hard, mountainous pile of… whatever. Well, at least the racoons will like it.
What I liked about it- This is a cute book. I think all kids want to be “in charge” in the kitchen. The mom in the book lets her daughter be creative (and very messy) and it shows that there is no wrong in cooking – just have fun with it! I like the idea of it – a mother and a daughter having fun and cook a “masterpiece” together! The illustrations are awesome with great details in them (like when the girl is outside with the puppy and Mom is supposed to keep the recipe from burning, but through the window, you can see Mom, back turned to the stove, talking on the phone, while the pot is giving off black smoke). That made it fun. I really like the endpapers also. There is a fun recipe at the back of the book to make your own candy roll-up. I can’t wait to try it!
Now, my friends, grab your most (or least) trusted kid/adult, and get to work on YOUR recipe!