We all have a favorite childhood food that immediately conjures up carefree afternoons, endless days, and feelings of melt-in-your-mouth pleasure and comfort. Is yours buttered cinnamon toast? Your mama s potato salad? After-school English muffin pizzas? Now, Nick Katsoris, author of the acclaimed and award-winning children's book series featuring Loukoumi the fluffy lamb, has gathered the favorite childhood recipes of more than 50 celebrities in his delightfully illustrated new cookbook for children and their families, Loukoumi s Celebrity Cookbook (Loukoumi Books; November 2011; $19.95). A minimum of $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, Loukoumi and her friends Dean the dog, Marika the monkey and Fistiki the cat are playing happily when they become hungry. At Loukoumi's home they discover Fistiki's Aunt Cat Cora, a character based on celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef, and President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, which works to reduce hunger around the world. Aunt Cat offers to help them make her childhood favorite dish Grandma s Special Cream Cheese Cake. The story continues as Aunt Cat guides the friends in gathering and measuring ingredients and preparing them for the oven, all the while sharing child-friendly safety tips. Beginning with Cat Cora's recipe for Alma's Italian Cream Cake, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook is divided into Weekend Breakfasts, Lunchtime Favorites, After-School Snacks, Family Meals, and Delicious Desserts. With tasty treats for the whole family, the book includes Rachael Ray's French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit, Oprah Winfrey's Corn Fritters, Ellen DeGeneres' Vegan Sliders, BeyoncAAİ's Easy Guacamole with Corn Chip Scoops, Betty White s Chicken Wings, Miranda Cosgrove's Spaghetti Tacos, Matt Lauer's Beanie Weenie Stew, Mario Lopez's Chicken Enchiladas, Marlo Thomas...
AUTHOR NICK KATSORIS created the character of Loukoumi the lamb in 2005. This is the fifth title in the iParenting Media Award winning children's book series benefiting national children's charities. In 2008, Katsoris sponsored the now annual Growing up with Loukoumi Dream Day contest based on the book's theme that kids can be anything when they grow up if they believe in themselves. After 200 storytime events and thousands of entries, three kids were selected to live their Dream Days including a nine year-old who visited NASA to witness the Phoenix spacecraft land on Mars. Katsoris also sponsors the annual Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day as part of USA WEEKEND Magazine's Make A Difference Day where over 10,000 kids do a good deed. Nick is also a practicing attorney as General Counsel of the Red Apple Group.
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