I am not going to lie: How to Cook a Princess is a whole lot on the sick side, kind of funny, but wrong. And not for little kids.
In this book, we learn how to cook a princess from the best of the best. Gringrich lives in the darkest corner of the woods where the witches, stepmothers and stepsisters are jealous of her stovetop skills. Because Gringrich the witch is a fan of a job well done.
The Art of Cooking a Princess is knowing the right utensils (a big cauldron so the princess can dive in and float around, releasing her best flavours, and a ladle. Gringrich reminds people that the oven is always hot and if the princess is asking you to check it, it’s likely a trick.
We learn how to trap a princess from poison apples to cursed spindles, and are offered trick and tips to ensure the traps are effective. We then get into the recipes including Sleeping Beauty Omelette and Goldilocks Sausage Rolls, receiving step-by-step instructions on how to get the best flavour out of the dish and how to not only cook it, but prepare it, too. The end of the book offers more tabletop treats from Fairy Godmothers (hard to find, but often can be seen attending royal christenings) and Prince Charming, a delicacy even more delightful then caviar or newts’ eye.
Author Ana Martinez Castillo touches on a lot of fairy tales in this book. It’s written with humour. At times I laughed, other times I felt grossed out (collecting eye bogies. Gag.)
This is not your child’s Halloween book, although older kids may I appreciate it. I felt a bit weird reading it. I know it’s supposed to be funny, and it can be, but it might be a bit too much for me.
How to Cook a Princess is $25.50 and from PGC Books.
How to Cook a Princess is courtesy of PGC Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.