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On the bookshelf: Stern’s ‘Real Food, Real Fast’

On the bookshelf: Stern’s ‘Real Food, Real Fast’

By J.M. HIRSCH
AP Food Editor
If you’ve got five minutes and are at least 10 years old, Sam Stern has a few recipes for you.
Stern is the latest culinary whiz kid to come out of England (the last being Jamie Oliver). He sports the same tussled teenage flair bolstered by can-do attitude and laid-back style. It’s a winning combination, especially for inspiring young cooks.
The 17-year-old’s second book, “Real Food, Real Fast,” is not dinner party fodder. And that’s the point.
The layout of the book (recipes are sorted by how long they take, starting at five minutes and ending with 30 minutes) and many pictures of Stern cooking and eating with his friends will appeal to a young audience.
And no surprise, the recipes themselves also have real kid appeal — burgers, pasta, pizzas. But Stern isn’t doing junk food. His is real cooking, and it packs in plenty of veggies.
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Book: Sam Stern’s “Real Food, Real Fast,” Candlewick Press, 2008, $16.99
Published in The Messenger 2.26.08

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