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Dish: Turning Up the Heat
By Diane Muldrow
ISBN: 0448428164
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date: May 2002
Format: Paperback
List price: $4.99 (Canada, UK)
Type: Children's storybook/cookbook
Sample recipe: Grandma Ruthie's Texas Sheet Cake
intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler coffee-table comprehensive biblical stature
competition: outclassed also-ran midrange strong challenger leads the pack
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 >300
practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% >80%
# of ingredients: <3 <6 <9 <12 >12
ingredient hunt: 7-11 pantry supermarket online airfare required
recipe complexity: baby steps simple medium intense professional
instructions: inadequate bare bones full figured educational verbose
time conscious: outright lies speed of light fairly quick takes time takes all day
photos/drawings: skimpy decorative generous instructive glorious
recipe results: dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
flavor quotient: disappointing fair good delicious exceptional
layout: ick cluttered clean a pleasure work of art
legibility: microscopic challenging adequate clear brilliant
production quality: cheesy questionable average years of service gift-quality
value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money excellent
Ease of Use
page numbers: invisible hard to find spotty adequate obvious
table of contents: missing pointless frustrating fine helpful
index quality: none tragic adequate good excellent
page flipping: infuriating tedious acceptable rare never
writer: hack committee cook turned writer writer turned cook celebrity/auteur
cooking heritage: unknown self-taught non-restaurant chef celebrity
overall rating: fair good above average excellent Ochef Top 100
Comments: Shawn Jordan, Peichi Cheng, and Molly and Amanda Moore are four 11-year old girls who take cooking classes and love to cook. They cook "relief food" for neighbors, who had a fire in their kitchen and, after seeing how much fun it is, form a cooking club. Their club turns into a business called Dish and takes off all on its own. Suddenly, the girls can hardly keep up with their customers! After school starts and the chef girls become involved in different things, they don't have much time for Dish.

In Turning Up the Heat, the chef girls throw a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Moore, continue their cooking classes, make friends with Natasha and go to a tea party at her house, and turn their cooking club into a business. Then Natasha fails to show up to cook for a big job. Is she a friend or not?

In the back of each book is a pullout recipe card, safety tips, and a few recipes from the chef girls. These books are great for 8- to 12-year-old budding chefs.

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Reviewed by the Ochef Kid's Review Group

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