What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers (A.K.A. Recipe by Angela Petrella & Michaelanne Petrella)

Thanksgiving (for Americans) was yesterday. You know, that day where you call 25 relatives over to your house and serve a 60 pound turkey, lathered with 5 gallons of gravy, a tub of thick mashed potatoes, along with 20 cans of cranberry sauce, and 6 bushels of corn, plus a bunch of other stuff you didn’t even get to? Well, chances are, you aren’t going to eat it all in one day (geeze – I hope you don’t!) and you are going to have a ton of leftovers.

After a few days of eating Thanksgiving dinner leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it may be time for something new! Well this book has a great idea – just dump it all together! 😀


Written by Angela Petrella & Michaelanne Petrella

Illustrated by Mike Bertino & Erin Althea

48 pages – ages 4+

Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on November 19, 2013

Summary- Kristen told her mom “it was time for me to learn to cook” and comes up with a recipe that she invents. Kristen wants to finally be in charge and tells her mom she can help if she listens to her. On her shopping list for her mom, she lists things like 20 bags of marshmallows, 4 hundred hot dogs, bowl, NEW PUPPY (no the puppy doesn’t go into the recipe, but what a great idea to get one), water squirter, horse meat substitute and other unusual things needed  for her unique recipe. Mom, being the good mom, gets the stuff on the list and the girl starts making the recipe. Mom takes over at the parts where Kristen has to use boiling water. Kristen thinks that’s okay. The recipe keeps growing and growing (literally) and they make a hard, mountainous pile of… whatever. Well, at least the racoons will like it.

What I liked about it- This is a cute book. I think all kids want to be “in charge” in the kitchen. The mom in the book lets her daughter be creative (and very messy) and it shows that there is no wrong in cooking – just have fun with it! I like the idea of it – a mother and a daughter having fun and cook a “masterpiece” together! The illustrations are awesome with great details in them (like when the girl is outside with the puppy and Mom is supposed to keep the recipe from burning, but through the window, you can see Mom, back turned to the stove, talking on the phone, while the pot is giving off black smoke). That made it fun. I really like the endpapers also. There is a fun recipe at the back of the book to make your own candy roll-up. I can’t wait to try it!

I give Recipe 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Now, my friends, grab your most (or least) trusted kid/adult, and get to work on YOUR recipe!

Categories: Age 6-9

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24 replies

  1. That recipe sounds great to me! Are you doing any cooking today? I prefer clean up duty.

  2. What a fun book. Kids love to cook. They make messes and don’t want to be scolded. Love the message that what every you make it’s okay. And, even Mom’s mess up.

  3. Very cute! And great timing, lol.

  4. What! There is leftovers in your house? I would have thought, with a big strong growing person such as yourself, one would be hard stretched to find any leftovers… 🙂 Clever story, Erik, and well timed. Like Pat said, even Mums mess up sometimes. Love it! Even though we don’t exactly celebrate Thanksgiving in New Zealand, I want to say how thankful and blessed that I have come to know you. Happy Thanksgiving, Erik, and to your family.

  5. What a super-fun book. It sounds a little like what happens when Mom decides to make me frozen yogurt treats. There’s a lot of dumping and hoping.

    Love and licks,

  6. Quite a tasty review. My copy is on its way and I can’t wait to see it. I also find it hard to believe there would be any leftovers in your house. 😀

  7. This sounds crazy fun! Will be looking for it!

  8. Sounds like a fun book. Also sounds like you had lots to eat for Thanksgiving! Enjoy all those fabulous leftovers.

  9. I think this is a book we can all use right about now! It sounds like such fun and I think it is great that the pictures are so wonderful and detailed. Thanks for sharing and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

  10. How timely, Erik! I’m checking this one out. . .

  11. The story in this picture book reminded me a little bit of Cora Cooks Pancit. Have you read that picture book yet? Find it if you haven’t. I have a feeling you’d enjoy it. 🙂

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