Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Gross RecipesGross Recipes, by Kelsi Tjernagel, 32 pages.
@SPL:  J 641.5 Tje

Have appetites in your house been flagging lately? A hearty helping of “Bitter Barf” or “Bogus Blood” may be exactly what’s needed!

According to Kelsi Tjernagel’s written-for-kids cookbook, Gross Recipes, there’s a time and place for “gross” in every kitchen. Kids are sure to find their appetites reviving dramatically with such delights as Green Slime Smoothies, Crispy Crunchy Cockroaches and Eye-Popping Pupils.

Why be satisfied with a regular sandwich when you can feast on a Worm Sandwich … with Kitty Litter Cake for dessert?

The gross factor knows no limits in this cookbook, with offerings like Snot Surprise, Cow Pies and Delicious Dog Doo.

Parents need not despair. Despite the revolting recipe names, the creations are actually quite delicious and easily prepared. (For example, Snot Surprise consists of tapioca pudding and lime gelatin, and “Kitty Litter Cake” is a pudding-cake topped with small Tootsie Roll candies.)

Kitchen safety tips are provided at the beginning of the book and the recipes can be prepared by kids either with adult help or with an adult nearby.

Internet sources for further nauseating, odious recipes are also provided.

Gross Recipes is one title in a series that also includes Gross Brain Teasers and Gross Science Projects.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 11 years.

HijackedHijacked: How Your Brain is Fooled by Food, by David A. Kessler, 185 pages.
@SPL:  J 613.2 Kes

Why does our body seem to crave fast food?  Why do we so often want to eat more and more of it, even when we’re not hungry?

As this book explains, the answer is that the fast food industry in North America has learned to use large amounts of fat, sugar and salt to “hook” consumers. Foods loaded with these ingredients actually change the chemistry of our brain so that after we eat them, we are stimulated to want more instead of feeling satisfied.

If this is beginning to sound familiar, it may be because Hijacked: How Your Brain is Fooled by Food is a simplified version for younger readers of David Kessler’s best-selling The End of Overeating, published in 2009.

Today in North America young people are raised in a culture of fast and processed foods – a culture in which we are the targets, or the “pawns”, of the food industry. In clear, easily-understood text, Hijacked exposes the “underbelly” of the food industry, describing how foods are purposely prepared with large amounts of fat, salt and sugar.

This informative, eye-catching book will provide a “wake-up call” to teens and tweens. Their favourite fast foods may be much less appealing after reading David Kessler’s persuasive, well-explained theories.
The author of this book, a pediatrician, is the former dean of the medical schools at both Yale University and the University of California.

** Recommended for ages 11 years and up.   

Published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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