Post Script: Unicorn Food – Sandra Mahut

Unicorn Food

Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows

Sandra Mahut

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781760634414

 

Description:

No unicorns were harmed in the making of this food! But unicorns have magically inspired all the recipes in this book adding technicolor sparkle to your sushi and fairy tale magic to your mocktails. Why eat boring when you can enjoy a rainbow-coloured noodle bowl for dinner? And it’s all deliciously natural – no nasty e-numbers or preservatives, just beautiful food colourings made from berry juices and vegetables. From the show-stopping Unicorn Cake and Cosmic Donuts to Rainbow Veggie Sandwiches and Celestial Swirl Soup, these brightly coloured edibles can be naughty and nice. Create the most unbelievably Instagrammable dishes ever seen. Cook, post and enjoy and the likes will multiple. Move over mug cakes. This is internet explosion unites the zeitgeist for all things magical, pastel, and unicorn-esque. Brightly coloured, and not too serious, Unicorn Food is shared experience – how could you not want to share such amazing and magical delights created in your own kitchen – and all natural and vegetarian.

 

My View:

This must be the most colourful and spectacularly designed recipe book I have come across – the photography is amazing, (the writer is also a photographer and food stylist – that is evident on each and every page). You will find yourself racing to the kitchen to prepare some of these wonderful, healthy  treats–“no artificial food colourings are used in this book; they are all plant based.” P4

The colourful, joyous creations will put a smile on anyone’s face. If your best friend needs to be cheered up – a plate of Unicorn macarons will do the trick, need a unique gift for that arty friend? Unicorn white chocolate bars look divine and are easy to create in the home kitchen. (p.50)  And there are so many choices for party/birthday treats you want know where to begin. But don’t stop there – there are recipes to add sparkle and glitz to breakfasts (Mermaid toast, Rainbow smoothies, Blue latte, Starlight smoothie bowl ), lunch (Unicorn dips, Rainbow veggie sandwiches…) and dinner – Unicorn rice paper rolls, maki rolls, veggie noodle bowls….YUM I want to eat it all !

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Where’s My Jumper? Nicola Slater

Where's My Jumper

Where’s My Jumper

Nicola Slater

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471146213

 

Description:

Rudy is looking for his jumper. He’s searched everywhere – indoors, outdoors, upstairs and down. In the kitchen, in the bathroom—round and round and round. Wherever can it be?

A super-cute, super-fun book with flaps, die-cut pages, and a counting element too.

 

Ages  2+

 

My View:

Bright, bold colours, peek-a – boo cut outs/flaps, cute animal illustrations and a theme that most young children can relate to – a favourite piece of clothing, this book makes for enjoyable reading.  Add to this the opportunity to practice counting – “…TWO queuing crocs… TWO passing foxes…SEVEN ski –dogs” etc and you have a perfect gift that will give hours of enjoyment to the toddler in your life.

 

 

 

 

In The Mail 20th February 2017

The wonderful people at  Five Mile Press and Bonnier Publishing sent me this delightful assortment of children’s books this week and I cant wait to share my reviews with you.  These books are gorgeous –  the illustrations are award winning, in some the irony and humour will even have some adults smiling as they read to their little ones and the narratives are charming and educational. Look out for these books when thinking of gifts for the 3 + children in your lives.

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Post Script: Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures – Mulga

Mulga's Magical Musical Creatures

Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures

Mulga

Hachette Australia

Lothian Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780734416704

 

Description:

Guitar-playing fishes? Gorillas on drums? Fluting kangaroos? Join Mulga in his dreamy jungle jam session, where magical animals play sweet tunes from night till day.

 

MULGA’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CREATURES is a rhyming picture book for children that answers the question where does music come from? It tells the story of a musician who finds musical inspiration in his dreams. While he’s sleeping he dreams of banjo-playing owls, jazz-fluting kangaroos, trumpeting elephants and whistling toucans, and when he wakes up he’s inspired to write a song.

 

With a style that is entirely and unmistakably Mulga, this fun and colourful story will delight readers of all ages with its fantastically quirky creatures.

 

Biographical Notes

 

Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga clothing label. He draws beards, animals, zombies and wacky characters and has a unique style combining crazy colours overlaid by intricate line work. Mulga runs weekly market stalls across Sydney is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals. His first book, MULGA’S MAGICAL COLOURING BOOK, was an instant bestseller.

 

My View:

Fun!

Colourful!

Silly rhyming prose!

 

You will adore the art, the detailed drawings and your child will love the bright candy coloured images and hearing you read out loud this happy and fun rhyming story.

 

Post Script: Nest – Jorey Hurley

Nest

Nest

Jorey Hurley

Simon and Schuster Kids

Little Simon

ISBN: 9781481452106

 

Description:

Simple text and beautiful illustrations follow a baby bird through the seasons in this sweet tale now available as Classic Board Book.

 

From birth, to first flight, to a new friend, the first year of a bird’s life is full of activity and wonder. Artist Jorey Hurley pairs vivid, crisp artwork with simple, minimal text—often just one word per spread—to create a breathtaking, peaceful chronicle of nature and life’s milestones.

 

This book is now available as a Classic Board Book, perfect for young readers.

 

 

My View:

Simplistic in design but very effective use of a single word and illustration per page to convey a story – there are endless possibilities for the conversations/stories this book will allow you to conjure up when reading to your baby/toddler.

 

Colours, seasons, families, movement, emotions…a simple word says so much.

 

PS

Love a cardboard/hard board children’s book! So practical.

 

Post Script: The Going To Bed Book – Sandra Boynton

The Going To Bed Book

The Going to Bed Book

Sandra Boynton

Simon & Schuster

Little Simon

ISBN: 9780689870286

 

Description:

It’s BIG fun from Sandra Boynton in this big, big size of this favorite title. Great for laps and sharing, this oversized edition on thick, sturdy board material is perfect for oversized fun for children of all ages. This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush, brush brush their teeth and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

 

My View:

We (grandson and I) love this book!

 

√ Durable cardboard pages – perfect for little hands and grandmammas’ alike.

√Colourful

√Rhyming silly prose – every child will adore reading/being read to about things in they can identify with- going to bed, brushing teeth, bath time…

√The perfect read that instils bedtime routines… bath, pyjamas, book and bed.

 

5 stars from me!

Post Script: Good Life Great Food – Judy Phillips

Cover Good Life Great Food

Good Life Great Food

Judy Phillips

Judy Phillips

ISBN: 9780646936956

Description:

Good Life Great Food – what more could you ask for? In her debut cookbook Judy Phillips creates simple, healthy and delicious recipes designed to share with loved ones. Inspired by her family, her love of entertaining and favourites from her cooking classes Judy shares dishes handed down from her beloved Hungarian grandmother, her family’s favourites, and delicious, seasonal recipes adapted for today’s health conscious lifestyle.

Judy’s influences range from her Eastern European Jewish background as well as flavours from the Middle East, Japan and the Mediterranean to create recipes that are easy to prepare whether cooking for a few or for many. ‘Good Life Great Food’ features easy to follow recipes, simple ingredients and stunning photography designed to inspire anyone in the kitchen.

 

My View:

 

About Judy:

Judy Phillips is a home cook, mother of five and fitness fanatic. In 2012, at the urging of family and friends, Judy started cooking classes from her kitchen in Sydney to impart the tips and tricks she’d learnt from years of creating easy to prepare, abundant, seasonal, healthy and delicious meals. Her debut cookbook, Good Life Great Food: Recipes for Loving and Sharing, is the result of a lifetime of interest in eating well, enjoying the food nature has to offer, and remaining healthy. Judy has degrees in commerce and law and is a certified personal trainer. Her kitchen is the hub of her busy household.

 

WOW! Judy Philipps has packed a lot into her life and it seems that a love of cooking has always been part of that life. This is Judy’s first book and hopefully not her last. I love the mix of family and culture and lifestyle that have influenced Judy’s cooking. The recipes she shares here are full of colour and passion, are vibrant, nourishing and comforting too! (and may I add are beautifully presented – the photography here is amazing – just look at the images for North African Hot Fish Stew or Walnut Cake – they cry out to be made. (I wish my food images were this good!)

 

Speaking of food images – I made the Flourless Chocolate Cake the other morning when we had visitors for morning tea – the coffee and rum ( I use a spiced rum) gave this such a wonderful aroma when cooking and added an extra depth to the flavour (I will share this recipe with you later). Unfortunately the cake was so successful that it was devoured before I had a chance to take a photo to share with you, you will have to take my word that this is a simply delicious!

 

Back to the book – a beautifully presented collection of interesting (particularly interesting to me as I have never made Hungarian influenced foods before) yet simple and easy to make recipes that are guaranteed to find a permanent place in your repertoire of favourite dishes to cook and share.

 

And all profits from the sale of this book are donated to The Black Dog Institute – the perfect reason to treat yourself to a copy of this book (or maybe buy as a Christmas gift for the cook in your life).

 

Why The Black Dog Institute?

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Like many of us, Judy has witnessed the grief depression can inflict on people’s lives. This inspired Judy to donate the profits from Good Life Great Food to help The Black Dog Institute continue their good work in this area.