Posted by : Deborah Takahashi Saturday, April 23, 2011

Plot Summary:
Known as the youngest cook in the UK, Sam Stern brings teens different recipes, from all over the world, that are not only elegant,but tasty and easy to make with little preparation. Stern provides aspiring cooks with a variety of recipes ranging from home made cheeses, soups, appetizers, main courses, desserts, drinks, and other snacks using common ingredients such as meat, potatoes, vegetables, and pasta. Moreover, he includes a section just for vegetarians and those with gluten allergies.

Critical Evaluation:
This particular cookbook is incredibly inspiring. Teens love to eat and to actually see a teen write a book about the food he loves is perfect. Along with the organization, the photos are the best part because everyone who is cooking can see professional products they can make on their own. Moreover, in comparison to traditional cookbooks, this title is more lax and tailored to those who are inexperienced. However, teens who love to experiment have plenty of opportunities to add to Sam's recipes since they are flexible enough. Another great aspect of this cookbook is the variety of the recipes, which will help teens expand their palates and try something different, but delicious. This work is very personal to Stern, which makes it that much more enjoyable. This cookbook is a must for teens who just want to eat tasty, healthy food.

Information about the Author:
Sam Stern was born on August 29, 1990 in Yorkshire, England. As the youngest member of the family, Sam has many fond memories of cooking with his mother and it was her that taught him everything about cooking. According to Stern, when he is not in the kitchen, he is hanging out with friends, listening to music, eating, and finding a way to get to the North Pole (para.1). At the age of fourteen, Sam Stern published his first cookbook, Cooking Up a Storm, because he wanted to give his peers a cookbook filled with dishes that he, and his friends enjoy.

On his website, he has listed ten random facts that readers and cooks will enjoy:
  1. I'm about 6 feet tall.
  2. I would like to go to China.
  3. I am addicted to Chinese food.
  4. I am always up for a challenge.
  5. I like all music.
  6. I like football and going to the gym.
  7. I wanted to be a vet or a fireman when I was a kid.
  8. My favourite foods are chocolate mousse and roast chicken.
  9. Some of my heroes include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Keith Floyd and Gordon Ramsay.
  10. I own a tortoise.

Teen Nonfiction

Reading Level/Interest:
Grades 9 & up

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Awards & Recognition:
What the critics said...

"A Yorkshire schoolboy turned culinary star" Independent

"Full of fun, healthy recipes ... an ideal gift" Home and Family

"A teenager with a passion for cooking" Daily Mail

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