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''A celebration of Chase and cooking combined.''
~ Frances Quinn, Great British Bake Off Winner 13',
Author and Food Designer
''Chase Bailey, by facing his personal hurdles so bravely, not only empowers others with obstacles but has created a dialogue for families about how food can bring us together.''
~ Andrew Scrivani, The New York Times Food Photographer & Director
''Chase's aspirations as a chef and entertainer, and the cookbook achievement alone are reasons enough to congratulate this young man who daily rises above the challenges of autism. But there is so much more to Chase than this - he is also a committed champion for those like himself, who need help achieving their dreams of acceptance, significance, living a full life, and independence. Much like the Founding Fathers of America whom I have come to know through my own journeys with food, history, and cultures, Chase is a visionary and a voice for this moment in history. His infectious and courageous enthusiasm for life, ability to embrace challenges and differences, and willingness to take positive action on behalf of those in need of assistance by establishing his Chase Yur Dreams Foundation, all demonstrate that Chase possesses a sense of responsibility and hope for humanity that extends far beyond mere daydreaming and lip service. He is a person of his word and of action. With Chase, hope is a certainty, not a wish. This makes him a revolutionary and world-changer for his generation - who also happens to possess a refreshing sense of fun and an appreciation for the pleasures that come from simple yet sensational food, like the recipes he shares in this cookbook. May we all experience the joy that beckons to us on every page.''
~ Chef Walter Staib, Proprietor of City Tavern Restaurant, 6 Time Emmy Award Winner, James Beard Award Nominee, Food Historian, and Cookbook
Inspiring teen chef Chase Bailey has battled many of the strong food aversions that come with his diagnosis of autism. He used those special personal challenges as motivation to learn about a range of different culinary techniques and styles, and he presents a number of appealing recipes in this cookbook. Interesting food trivia kicks off each chapter, and recipes are organized into section by meal, including dessert and beverage ideas. Each recipe is explained in steps that adolescent readers can easily follow and utilizes ingredients that are readily accessible. Many of the recipes are gluten- or casein-free, appealing to all sorts of dietary needs. The food is kid-friendly, but Bailey does not hesitate to offer suggestions that will broaden young palates, such as using lamb in place of beef or making pasta from vegetables. Bailey’s work is more than just a cookbook: it’s about turning personal challenges into adventures and opportunities, which is a message that all readers can appreciate. ~ Erin Anderson, Booklist
In this enthusiastic, feel-good cookbook, teen YouTube cooking show host Bailey encourages others to be themselves and celebrate life. From early childhood, Bailey had severe food aversions along with developmental and physical issues. Some years later, watching cooking shows with his grandfather led to the discovery that he wanted to try different foods and the dream of doing his own cooking show. Not one to procrastinate, Bailey started the Chase ’n Yur Face show. Caveman kabobs, spicy double-dipped onion straws, and fish and chips are pleasingly simple. Baked tilapia with a “Veggie Potato Almighty” (broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots) a grilled portobello rice bowl, and vegetable spaghetti are more sophisticated. This is a great book to get kids cooking and encourage those who feel that such things are beyond their reach, and adults will enjoy some of the recipes as well. (BookLife.) ~ Publishers Weekly
"I think this book would be perfect for a young chef who wants to cook for family and friends. I think children will enjoy making foods that everyone of all ages can enjoy. There are even gluten-free options. The recipes I am most excited about are: Pigs in a Waffle, Apricot Amazeballs, And the Cherry Cucumber Limeade.
It is a very informative book that provides food facts that span time and cultures. Chase presents a well written book that allows you to learn while you cook. The visuals are great. There are beautiful pictures of food and cute illustrations. Chase said one goal for creating this book was to provide way for him to connect with people. Communication and interpersonal relationships can be difficult for those on the spectrum. I believe he has succeeded. While reading the book you can really get a sense of who Chase is as person. Also a portion of the proceeds go towards helping those in the autism community live independently as adults. Good food and a good cause." ~ Niemah, Amazon Customer Review
"I'm so happy with my purchase of handsome Chase Bailey's new cookbook. As a Grandmother, I look forward to sharing it with my Grandchildren, accompanying it with some of Chase's videos in regards to the recipe. I love the beautiful full-color photos, fun food facts, easy recipes and large print. ;) It's a great gift for parents, aspiring young Chef's or Grandparents, who enjoy spending time teaching their Grandkids how to cook as my Grandmother did for me. Great job Chase!" ~ Tweets, Amazon Customer Review
"This one will definitely get a lot of use in our kitchen. Really fun recipes and an inspiring story." ~ Benjamin, Amazon Customer Review
"In addition to making people aware of autism, this is a pretty good cookbook. The recipes are easy and look delicious. Chase is an autistic boy who, with the help of his mother, found a way of being creative - particularly with food and cooking. His story is heartwarming and his recipes are simple and delicious..." ~ Kate, Goodreads Review
"Chase's story is uplifting, encouraging, and motivating. I can't wait to make some of these recipes.. You can tell he put a lot of love and thought into the cookbook, and I loved that he put fun facts in with each recipe. I would definitely recommend this book to others." ~ Kiera, Goodreads Review
"The second you get this book in your hands and open it up, you feel better about being alive! This is not just a cookbook - it's a joyful experience into the heart of an inspiring young man. 15-year-old Author / Chef Chase Bailey serves us delicious, eye-pleasing yet uncomplicated recipes, alongside interesting and amusing fun-facts from history, world cultures, the culinary world, and everyday life; as well as refreshingly candid and endearing anecdotes and insights about his journey with autism. Clever and lyrical chapter and recipe titles; visually colorful without being overwhelming; informative without being preachy; down-to-earth yet dignified, Chase has achieved a balance and a presentation that is inviting, accessible, and appropriate for people of all ages in households, classrooms, and libraries everywhere. I was further impressed with the fact that Chase has established the Chase Yur Dreams Foundation, which will be providing resources and grants to others with autism who are preparing themselves to live as independently as possible; as well as grants to organizations that provide services that help those with autism meet this goal. A portion of all profits from his cookbook sales are going directly to the foundation to help meet their funding goals. So not only will purchasing this cookbook bring joy and some delicious food into your life, you will also be helping others make their dreams a reality. I look forward to seeing what other surprises and ventures this exceptional and ambitious young man will share with us in the future." ~ Diane Canfield, Amazon Customer Review
"This particular book holds a special place in my heart.... I first was lured in by the cover. Superficial of me...maybe but I like what I like. Just look at how bright and colorful the cover is. I took one look at that smiling teen cook and all that glorious food and I was intrigued. I then read the book blurb and I was curious.
Then I read the author bio and was completely and utterly inspired. This young man is simply fantastic. He has overcome so much in his young life and taken the opportunity to reach out and help others. I have been following Chase on YouTube and watching his videos and to see him in action is wildly entertaining in the best possible way. I love the way he interacts with the viewers and the guests. His personality really shines throughout this cookbook just as well.
This is a cookbook that will be used over and over again. The pages are bright and colorful. He has found a way to include "Fun Facts" that help link the recipe to culture and history. I learned quite a few facts while reading it. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow even for the younger chefs in your house. I mean with recipes like Barnyard Breakfast Muffins, Pigs in a Waffle, Stuffed Hash Potato, and Hearty Chicken and Lemon Verbena Soup...how could you not want to try the dishes?" ~ April Harvey, Goodreads Review
"The illustrations and colors in this book are bright and colorful and that in itself just makes you feel good about using it. Then the recipes!! They are delicious, mostly healthy things that almost anyone can make. I'm tempted to make my husband cook through this book so he can learn some basic skills (mostly joking, I don't let him into the kitchen if I can help it!) Still, I'm excited he can help me with the help of these recipes." ~ Anonymous, Amazon Customer Review
"About the author himself, his story is both encouraging and inspiring. About the cookbook itself, there are quite a few recipes I am definitely planning on making. I thought it was really cute that he put fun facts in before each recipe. Good read and good recipes." ~ Anonymous, Amazon Customer Review