"Blue Moon Soup: A Family Cookbook,"
Recipes by Gary Goss, illustrated by Jane Dyer; Sky Pony Press, $16.95,
72 pages, ages 6-10.
Blue Moon Soup Illustrations ©1999, 2013 by Jane Dyer All Rights Reserved.
Cooking together is a wonderful way for parents to interact with youngsters, and Blue Moon Soup presents thirty delicious recipes, grouped by season, plus recipes for bread, salad and snacks for the whole family to enjoy.
The book is written to engage sous-chefs of all ages. Small children
will happily collect the "Stuff" (ingredients) for each recipe, while
older children can advance to tasks such as sorting, whisking and
peeling. Everyone in the kitchen will relish the quirky and charming
names of each dish: "Mary had a Little Lamb Stew," "Sob Soup" (an
onion-based preparation), there's even "Bisque in the Sun."
Blue Moon Soup is more than just a cookbook;
it's a primer on proper cooking techniques. There's a kitchen tools
checklist, soup kitchen rules, even a diagram for properly setting the
table. Before cooking anything, be sure to read aloud Lewis Carroll's slurpy homage to potage "Turtle Soup" on the first page.
can rest assured that these recipes have been thoroughly tested before
publication: Chef Gary Goss is an expert soup maker. In 1997 he founded the successful Soup Kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts. The proof of his dedication is in the pudding: Since it's original publication in 1999, Blue Moon Soup has won
numerous accolades, including the Smithsonian Notable Books for
Children Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, and Parents'