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This Little Bunny Can Bake
By Janet Stein
ISBN: 0375843132
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication date: March 2009
Format: Hardcover
List price: $15.99 
Type: Children, ages 4 to 8
Sample recipe: Chef George's Berry Petit Cream Cheese Tarts
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive charming
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: Oh dear! What if you went to the cooking school of a very famous chef to learn how to bake, but none of the other students – the kitty, the mouse, the poodle, the spoonbill, etc. – followed the rules? The poodle weighs herself instead of the ingredients; the tiger uses karate to open the eggs; the dog is making Shoofly Pie with real shoes – only the pink bunny is working hard and learning. In the end, every student creates a dish, but only the bunny really learned how to bake, and her cake is a masterpiece!

The story is sweet and clever. The drawings are charming, with plenty of depth to keep little ones finding new details. There are 8 recipes inside the front and back covers, all of which would be suitable for dessert.

(We totally do not understand why the kitty and the mouse both make cheese dishes, but probably that's for the best....)  


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