Food book for the child in everyoneSometimes we get too...

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October 08, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Food book for the child in everyone

Sometimes we get too serious about food. Then along comes a book like "Play With Your Food" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $19.95). Author Joost Elffers creates animals suggested by the shape of a fruit or vegetable. A lemon and a couple of black-eyed peas can be turned into a mouse, for instance; fold out two leaves of a Brussels sprout, and, miraculously, it's a pig. Trust me. You will love this book.

Wine ratings

Consumer Reports comes through again. The October issue rates wines for people who aren't experts but who want quality and value. Two Best Buys: Napa Ridge Central Coast cabernet sauvignon for $7 and Walnut Crest Repel Valley merlot for $5. In whites, CR's top recommendation is Beringer Napa Valley chardonnay ($11).

Cookie in a pan

If slice-and-bake cookies are too much work for you, you're going to love Pillsbury's new One Step Refrigerated Cookie. You simply pop the 9-inch round of dough and its foil pan in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Presto! A warm, soft chocolate chip cookie.

It's not a particularly wonderful cookie, and with a suggested retail price of $2.39 it isn't cheap. On the other hand, no cookie fresh from the oven can be all bad. And best of all, there's no mess.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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