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ChopChop Magazine

ChopChop Magazine

Spring 2015 Magazines
Ages: 2 - 12 yrs.
Publisher: ChopChop Kids
Newsstand Price: $3.99
Subscription Price: $14.95 / 4 Issues

ChopChop fills a much-needed void in magazine publishing: the kid-centered cooking magazine for kids who really enjoy good food. All too often, "family" recipes are overly cutesy or simplistic; but with the popularity of food television, cooking blogs, celebrity chefs, and an overall more mindful way to approach food, there are a lot of children out there with more developed palates and adventurous spirits. ChopChop excels at raising the bar for kids' cooking. It gives us articles about soups of the world, with recipes for ribollita, Vietnamese pho, and makhloula (a Middle Eastern lentil dish). A feature on chickpeas tells readers how to roast them, as well as how to grow their own. Smoothies are flavorful, with fresh ginger to spice up the fruit. The recipes are easy to follow and well illustrated, and each issue contains a small glossary of helpful terms. A recent issue taught basic knife skills. Although the publisher suggests an age range of two to twelve, this outstanding publication is best suited for those over age seven.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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