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Green Princess Cookbook
By Barbara Beery
ISBN: 1423605659
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Publication date: March 1, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound Hardcover
List price: $14.99
Sample recipe:Back-to-Nature Fruit-Filled Meringues
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 glorious
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:Another in Barbara Berry's series of cookbooks for little girls (ages 6 and up), this one sets them on the road to cooking and thinking organically and ecologically. Some of it is not ecological rocket science, but small steps and starting young will surely add up to a lifetime of good green decisions.

The 30 recipes include drinks, ice creams, dips and chips, a soup, frittata, and noodle dish, breads, muffins, fruit dishes, jams and nut butters, cookies, cupcakes, meringues, and cakes.

Our one concern is the recommendation to line baking sheets with Silpat, parchment paper, or a brown paper grocery bag. Our understanding is that most grocery bags these days are recycled and contain glues and other chemicals that could pose a risk to food when exposed to heat. We'd stick with the Silpat or parchment paper.


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