Synopses & Reviews
Its summer and the kids are home...for three whole months! What better time to relax together, whipping up delicious treats in the kitchen or dabbling in fun crafts indoors and out. Parents will find plenty of ideas and inspiration for magical summer days in Summertime Treats, the handbook to keeping families cool and creative during the best months of the year. From an afternoon with the kids making Shake-Rattle-and-Roll Ice Cream and Big Bug Bungalows to a fabulous Fourth of July Star-Spangled Celebration and a Memorial Day Tailgate Picnic, author Sara Perry suggests wonderful ways to please every member of the familyincluding parents and other grown-ups. Fully illustrated with photographs throughout and chock-full of tempting snacks, summer drinks, fun projects, and clever ideas, this antidote to the allure of the television lets parents and kids of all ages have a great time cooking and making things together. Summertime Treats is second in a series that began with Halloween Treats, books that blend whimsy and elegance in ways both adults and children will appreciate.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
by Russ Parsons
Not every good cookbook has to be serious. Sara Perry's Summertime Treats is a prime example. It's slight, and slightly giddy, the way you might remember from the last week of vacation.
Soccer moms should delight in the crafts suggestions: everything from an ingenious method for making semi-permanent castles from a homemade sand based clay to decorations citronella candles with grass and fake bugs.
The recipes are evenly divided between summertime drinks (all, of course, nonalcoholic though not necessarily childish) and the kinds of dishes you might call beach food. Included among the smoothies and shakes are a splendid-sounding lime fizz, a pretty convincing coffee frapp and a strawberry lassi. The food runs to big, bold flavors guaranteed to rise above even saltwater and suntan lotion.
by Ren e Enna
Summertime Treats, by Sara Perry, is a lively and beautifully photographed book designed for families, with recipes and crafts that accentuate, warm weather living.
Quick-to-make dishes concentrate on picnic classics such as potato salad and deviled eggs (which get dressed up with cocktail umbrellas), as well as ethnic favorites, including orange mint tabbouleh and gazpacho-to-go. Corn on the cob gets an update with a variety of flavored butters to serve alongside it. We fell in love with the recipe for fresh strawberry shortcake with summer cream (pictured on the book's corner).
The crafts are fun too. Vacation place mats are made from postcards and maps, and a "One-for-the-Road" lunch box is designed to accommodate the restless-on-road-trips crowd.
About the Author
Sara Perry is the author of The Complete Tea Book, Summertime Treats, Christmastime Treats, and Great Gingerbread, all from Chronicle Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Jonelle Weaver -- whose clients include Food and Wine, Martha Stewart Living, and Gourmet -- lives in New York City.