Book Reviews,  Cookbooks,  Middle Grade

Book Review: Halloween Treats to Make and Bake

Halloween Treats to Make and Bake (Make and Bake Holiday Treats)Halloween Treats to Make and Bake by Ruth Owen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If your child is starting to show an interest in learning how to cook, here’s a fun way to celebrate Halloween while building cooking skills.

At just 32 pages long, and loaded with brightly colored illustrations and photographs Halloween Treats to Make and Bake is a cookbook your novice baker won’t feel intimidated or overwhelmed by.

Even though the book is short, it serves as a good introduction to using a cookbook. There’s a short introduction to the history of Halloween, an infographic of “Top Tips for Cooks”, basic info about the importance of measuring ingredients accurately, and some cooking terminology. Again, this is all kept short, and only include just what’s needed for this collection of recipes.

The recipes are step-by-step, with lots of pictures to show your child what they’re making and how it should look. And they’re FUN! I really loved the Witch’s Finger Cookies, with their creepy almond-slice fingernails. I think I’ll be making those.

The recipe collection has plenty of sweet treats of course, but also includes roasted pumpkin seeds, “Halloween Soup”, and a corn and black bean dip for tortilla chips.

The book ends with a glossary and recipe index. Every budding cook should learn how to use a recipe index, so this is a fine inclusion that adds value to the learning experience. If your child enjoys making Halloween treats for family and friends, and gets some positive feedback on their creations, odds are good that they’ll want to continue learning how to cook and bake, and that is the best takeaway treat of all.

I give this cookbook five moldy witch’s fingers up!

My thanks to author Ruth Owen, Rosen Publishing Group, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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