available on DVD as well as VHS, Elmo's Magic Cookbook
offers children the confidence that they can cook, as long
as there's a parent around to help them out.
Telly, and friends are exploring an attic when they stumble
upon an old cookbook. An fortuitous rub of the tome prompts
a genie to appear -- Jean the Genie. Although she
"hates to deflate your souffle", as she cannot
make finished recipes appear, she can in fact magically call
up a group of ingredients for any recipe in the magic
friends get cooking, creating a dinosaur-shaped snack out of
ingredients like bread, cheese, and vegetables, fabulous
pizzas, food pockets, and more.
vignettes, such as one about washing hands before eating,
are included in this fun adventure. Guest star Emeril helps
the puppets and kids make pizzas, and Heather Headley not
only shows viewers how to make a food pocket, she sings a
song about "taking a chance" and trying new foods.
Objects-come-to-life, such as a tomato, pitcher of water,
and a glass of milk, step in, asking for some recognition as
essential ingredients in the foods used to make recipes.
Safety is emphasized, and so is fun.
video is a favorite, and is popular with children a little
older than the typical Sesame Street fan as well. The DVD
edition includes a chaptering option and some sneak peeks of
other Sesame Street DVDs.