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Real Food Real Fast

by Sam Stern and Susan Stern

Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2008
128 pages
ISBN: 978-0763635336

Age 12 and older

Podcast featuring this book

British teen Sam Stern has been cooking since he was three years old. Publishing his first cookbook at age fourteen, Sam is back with his second cookbook. Sam Stern’s Real Food Real Fast is a bright, bold cookbook for busy teens. Color-coded tabs divide the book into sections featuring foods that can be prepared in 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. Like his idol, Jamie Oliver, Sam Stern is a celebrity chef. He speaks to young cooks with a fresh attitude and authority. “Cooking’s a bit like filling your iPod. You want a lot of tunes in there. Hip-hop. Soul. Bit of jazz….” Advising his peers on shopping for quality ingredients and the benefits of using leftovers, the author notes that “Fast food doesn’t have to be junk food.” Recipe pages feature crisp photos of ingredients and preparation techniques as well as shots of Sam and his friends (“mates”) dining on his dishes. The busy page spreads feature ingredient lists, cooking directions, suggested variations, and other bits of advice to communicate the joys of cooking. Recipes include variations on toast, spicy hummus, speedy baked trout, brilliant beefburger, and tostadas. Many ethnic dishes are included, as well as some vegetarian and vegan options. Beyond a collection of quick recipes, Sam Stern’s Real Food Real Fast suggests how teens can take responsibility creating the fuel needed for their active lives—and have fun doing it. (TM) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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