Friday, 27 March 2015

Review - The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook
by Mike Berenstain
Publisher: ZonderKidz
Pub. Date: February 10, 2015
ISBN: 978-0310747208
Pages: 96
Buy Link: Amazon


I'm sure most adults recall reading at least one Berenstain Bear book during their lifetime. While many children's literature characters come and go, The Berenstain Bears has been entertaining young readers since 1962. Sadly, the original authors, Stan & Jan Berenstain, have both passed away, but their son, Mike, has taken over the franchise by writing and illustrating new installments.

Available now in bookstores is The Berenstain Bear' Country Cookbook, which features 40 cub-friendly cooking with an adult. The hardcover book is divided into four sections - Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dishes and Desserts & Snacks. Before each section is a short introduction from The Berenstain Bears.

Breakfast recipes includes: Bear-ry Delicious Scones, Bunny Biscuits, Bear-y God Oatmeal, Crepes with Berries, Tasty Toboggans, Fruit Salad, Monkey Bread, Sausage & Tater Tot Wraps, Scotch Eggs and Toast With Eggs & Cheese.

Lunch recipes includes: Banana & Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Crustless Tuna Sandwiches, Lettuce Wraps, Mini Pizzas, Spinach Salads, Shepherd's Pie, Sub Sandwich, Tomato & Bacon Quiche and Turkey Shaped Sandwiches.

Main Dishes recipes includes: Bear-y Good Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Easy Enchiladas, Green Noodle Lasagna, Grilled Chicken with Carrots, Meat & Potato Kabobs, Chicken Quesadillas, Red Bean, Sausage & Rice, Skilled Fried Potatoes and White Chicken Chilli.

Desserts & Snacks includes: Applesauce, Banana Pops, Blu-beary Pie, Cola Cake, Candied Pretzels, Coconut Nest with Fruit, Honey Hunt Cookies, Mug Brownies, Panda Cupcakes and Race Car Cookies.

Too many parents get their kids' meals at fast-food places, so I think it is great that Mike Berenstain has created this cool cookbook for children as it is a great way to get  both kids and parents to make their own meals. There are cute little illustrations featuring Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister and Honey Bear and photos of each recipe. At the back of the book there is a "Grace Before Meals" page, "Sweet Facts About Honey" page and two pages about Kitchen Measurements. There are several cute recipes throughout the book, but my favorite is the last one, "The Race Car Cookies," which I'm sure it will get the attention of any kid. Overall, The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook is an adorable cookbook that both children and adults will enjoy.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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