Barbara Beery, The Snow Princess Cookbook, Exisle Publishing, 1 August 2015, 80pp., $24.99 (hbk) ISBN 9781939629753
Barbara Beery is the American author of a number of cookbooks for children. (Her other titles include Pink Princess Cookbook, Fairies Cookbook and The Space Hero Cookbook.) The Snow Princess Cookbook, dovetailing with the success of Disney’s animated movie Frozen, features two dozen recipes for frost-and-snow-themed parties and six ideas for related craft activities.
The recipes, which include ‘Sparkling Ice Snow Cones’, ‘Magic Spell Meringues’ and ‘Snowflake Tortilla Treats’, generally require between four and ten ingredients. Nearly every recipe is illustrated in full colour and the preparation steps are relatively simple, although final presentation will depend on reasonably well-developed piping and decorating skills. The recipes include some gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy free options, and there are tips on substitute ingredients to modify other recipes to meet dietary needs and to cater for food allergies.
The Snow Princess Cookbook is bound in a sturdy external cover, and a ring-binder holds the glossy internal pages, making it easy to lay the book flat in the kitchen. This cookbook, originally released in the US by the family-friendly publisher Familius, uses American spelling (e.g. center and liter) and imperial measurements. A conversion chart to metric and Celsius is included. Australian buyers should be aware that some recipes require products not readily available outside the US; all buyers should be aware that sugar features prominently in most recipes.
Suitable for ages 6+
Reviewed by Tessa Wooldridge