The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking. Carolyn Keene. Grosset & Dunlap, c.2005. 160 pages.
Plot: The Nancy Drew Cookbook contains over 100 easy-to-make recipes, as well as 25 tips such as “put onions under water while you peel them so that they don’t irritate your eyes” (Keene, 2005, p.9) in a section titled “to clue you in.” The simple recipes, many of which tie in to the Nancy Drew mystery books, are ideal for tweens without much cooking experience.
Review/personal thoughts: As discussed in a previous post titled “thank you, Nancy Drew,” I loved the Nancy Drew mystery series as a tween. A fan of the series, I found the cookbook a fun way to introduce tweens to cooking, a skill I believe very important in promoting healthy eating habits. The recipes are really simple, ranging from a four-ingredient “Sleuth Soup” to “Haunted Showboat Pralines,” making the book ideal for beginning cooks.
Reading/interest level: ages 9 to 12