Book Review: “Disney Eats: More than 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Inspired Fun”

Hi everyone –

I received the book Disney Eats: More than 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Inspired Fun to review. Disney Eats is by Joy Howard and offers more than 150 Disney-inspired recipes over about 300 pages. It releases October 6th, 2020 and comes from Disney Editions. This is the second book I’ve reviewed in a few days, with the first being “Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks” and I recommend both of them.

Disney says about the book:

The kitchen is a great place to make memories. And Disney Eats will inspire you to prepare food that’s not just fun but also tasty. From healthy snacks like a Minnie Mouse-inspired crudité platter and savory dinners such as Mulan’s Blossom Stir-Fry to Disney-character-themed bento box lunches and easy-prep treats such as Frozen Banana Dalmatian Pops, author Joy Howard shows that the creative possibilities are endless. With an introduction by beloved baker Joy Wilson and more than 150 dynamic full-color photographs, Disney Eats will not only spark more delight in the kitchen, it will also lead to more memorable and creative success in your cooking.

There is a note from the author talking about how they wanted to bring more “joy and wonder” to the way you eat. She also says that they know most home cooks want easier recipes with simple-to-find ingredients. General tips are included, like putting frosting in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm it up a bit. There is a section for helpful tools, like lollipop sticks and food molds.

Unlike some other cookbooks I have read and/or reviewed, there are a great variety of recipes ranging from just a few ingredients to many, from easy to a little more complex. For example, the Baymax Cocoa (below) is easy – a few ingredients for the hot chocolate, and then put together the Baymax marshmallow figures for the hot chocolate. My main challenge was the eyes, they aren’t perfect in mine but I do plan to use this recipe again. It is good hot chocolate and Baymax can be created quickly.


One of the other recipes I tried was Alien Toast for Two. It was easy and fun to try.

Last night I made the Ratatouille recipe. It wasn’t my prettiest effort, but the result was delicious. Not every recipe is going to be in the shape of a character – but there are a lot of them. There are also a lot of practical recipes as well. One recipe comes from the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom, the Crystal Palace Pasta Salad.

Disney Eats: More than 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Inspired Fun is a terrific cookbook. With 150 recipes, there is really something for everyone. I chose four recipes to try as soon as I received the book and have made three so far (and plan for more). This is a cookbook I will go back to again and again. Disney Eats will make a great gift for the holidays and kids will love helping with some of these recipes.


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