The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook
by Matthew Mead
Price: $18.99, $21.99 Can
8.875 in x 9.25 inches | concealed wir-o
112 four-color fully illustrated pages
For ages 6 and up
2013 Winner of The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio's Platinum Best Book Award
Getting kids (especially boys) into cooking just got easier with this super hero-themed cookbook. Illustrated in full color photos for eye appeal, some recipes call for food coloring, others use cookie cutters with Super Hero symbols (not included), and still other foods are decorated with colored sugar or paprika with the sturdy stencils that are in the back of the book. Kids will also like the punch-out action figures that can be taped to toothpicks and used to decorate foods. For picky eaters, this just might make certain foods more appealing. A Man of Steel Burger has a Superman shield made of cheese and ketchup, while red and yellow pepper stars are cut out to decorate Wonder Woman pizzas. If you are planning a themed party this will help you add shazam to the food choices. There are power drinks, mighty main dishes, sweet treats, hero sandwiches, (naturally), and even breakfasts for a flying start! Age: Early School Years, Later School Years.
When it’s time for the kids to put up their stockinged feet and have a snack, check out The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by stylist Matthew Mead, whose how-to book of decorated cakes wowed us a little while back. In The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook, there are cleverly named recipes for Batman Toast, Boy Wonder BLT, Superpowered Fruit Salad, and Super Hero Cookies.
My recipe-loving daughter curls up with this book like it’s a great novel. The bright photographs, fun graphics, and easy-to-follow directions definitely make it an entertaining read. Read review here.
The recipes range from very simple to somewhat more complicated. They tend to produce good results when following the recipes: always nice, they’re bright and colorful, and great for smaller kids. There are also a variety of stencils of superhero logos included, along with character cut-outs.
The cookbook contains 60+ recipes in six chapters: Flying Start Breakfasts, Hero (and other) Sandwiches, Super Salads and Sidekicks, Mighty Main Dishes, Sweets and Treats, and Power Drinks.
I gave the book to my twins to pick a recipe. Their first choice was the Aquaman Ice Cream Float.
12 oz. of orange soda1 scoop of vanilla ice cream1 optional fresh orange slice1 optional package of Swedish Fish
We left out the Swedish Fish (not fans), they made the float themselves and the results were delicious.
We also tasted the Super Hero cookies at an event in New York City in November, and they were good sugar cookies. The tricky part is adding the logos. The book recommends that this can be done by using the stencils with edible pigment powders but it can take some fiddling to get those powders to stick exactly right.