Step aside, Mother—it’s Kristen’s turn to pick the recipe and make the dinner! There’s just one teensy problem: Kristen’s imagination is far more developed than her cooking skills. With ingredients ranging from 400 hot dogs and 20 bags of marshmallows to a sweatshirt and a water pistol, Recipe is the laugh-out-loud chronicle of just about everything that can go wrong in a kitchen. The recipe may not end up as delicious—or even as edible—as Kristen hopes, but that’s okay: the journey is often more fun than the destination. And there’s a hungry raccoon in the backyard who’ll eat just about anything.

Praise for Recipe:

“Recipe is the kind of hilarious, high-energy, exciting, joyful, unpredictable, wonderful book that will delight anyone who is a child, was a child, or hopes to become a child.”
—Elliott Kalan, comic genius and host of The Flophouse Podcast

“The Petrella sisters are the Brontes of horsemeat-substitute-themed picture books.”
—Mac Barnett, bestselling author of books for children.

“The illustrations are awesome with great details in them… [Recipe] shows that there is no wrong in cooking – just have fun with it!”

“McSweeney’s McMullens releases another wonderfully original and engaging book for kids.”
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“This is one of those just delightfully anarchic picture books, a delight up and down and through and through. … It’s a great story of kid-power, grown-ups as co-pilots in discovery, creativity, and unfettered gross-out weirdness.”
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Photos courtesy of Pat Castaldo,