Books by Clare Crespo

THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD by Clare Crespo
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 1, 2001

In the spirit of Freyman and Elffer's Play with Your Food (1997) and its ilk, Crespo offers 46 recipes for such crowd-pleasers as Chocolate Mice, Chocolate Tarantula Cookies, and Spaghetti with Eyeballs. Each is surrounded by flashy display type in various sizes and colors, and paired to a luscious, elaborately set-up photo. Although scratch recipes for two basic cakes and butter-cream icing bring up the rear, in general the author recommends using prepackaged ingredients and, as the emphasis is definitely on snacks or desserts, goes heavy on sweets. Also, anyone cooking for, or with, younger children will find the free use of pipe cleaners or other nonfood elements troubling, and only a fine-print note at the bottom of a recipe containing birdseed warns that the dish is not for people. This debut makes great browsing, and the recipes are, by and large, easy enough, but health-conscious younger chefs may find the focus on fresh—not to mention edible—ingredients in cookbooks like Rosin's Pizzas and Punk Potatoes (1994) more to their taste. (Nonfiction. 11+)Read full book review >