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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Picnic lunches, or even lunches at home, are a challenge in creativity, especially when children are involved. All those picky eaters with ever-changing mood swings and culinary likes and dislikes make meal planning, at any time of the day, a chance for failure. But, there’s no reason one has to stick with the standard lunchtime fare, either at home or on a picnic. There are other options: like Scotch eggs, corned beef pasties, cheese crackers, vegetable tarts, and so much more. And don’t forget the chocolate chip cookies, a must in any child’s diet.
V. Dale has done it again. Using much loved family recipes from her own kitchen, this author has created yet another delectable little cook book. Baking at its Best: Summer Picnic Recipes is a small collection, only fourteen recipes, but is packed with useful ideas that will entice others to create their own unique lunchtime treats for picnics or for home. Each recipe is well laid out with clear instructions. There is a colorful image to show the finished product and a useful list of nutritional contents. If the product has the potential to contain allergens, the author makes a note of that as well. For example, for the mini picnic sausage rolls, she mentions that some sausages contain sulphites, an allergen, and in some people this can cause an allergic reaction. Also, following each recipe, the author provides useful suggestions on how to alter the recipe to accommodate different dietary restrictions, especially allergies. I found this particularly useful as, with multiple food allergies, I’m always looking for ways to alter a recipe so that I can enjoy it, too. As always, a neat, concise little book packed with lots of delicious ideas.