Sarah Michelle Gellar’s tasty pancake muffins
Slay brunch with this dish from former Buffy star
Nostalgia is one helluva drug, whether we’re talking about a Full House reboot, a Fresh Prince reunion or the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Since Buffy ended, the butt-kicking Sarah Michelle Gellar had a few starring roles (such as the cancelled sitcom The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams) and in 2014, she along with the book’s co-author Gia Russo founded Foodstirs, an online food company that sells organic baking kits and mixes for children.
Think of it as the food version of the Honest Company, the baby-oriented household goods company co-founded by fellow TV action star Jessica Alba of Dark Angel, which aired in the early ’00s.
Gellar and Russo’s new offering is Stirring up Fun with Food ($36.50, Grand Central Life & Style), a kid-oriented cookbook focusing on healthy snacks and tyke-sized meals.
Gellar writes in the intro that the book is more “food crafting” than cooking, meaning dishes are presented in a cutesy, kid-appealing manner. Think mac and cheese in cupcake tins, waffles served on and scrambled eggs eaten out of. Most baking recipes recommend boxed mixes (which are conveniently sold on the authors’ Foodstirs site), seemingly trying to appeal to parents with limited time and kitchen experience.
Her husband and fellow ’90s teenage dream, Freddie Prinze Jr., also released a family-oriented cookbook last year. His recipes seem geared to cooking for the kids while Gellar’s book is for cooking with the kids.
“Making fun food with my kids was about more than just getting them to eat. Measuring ingredients, pulling together pots, pans, and bowls; stirring, whisking, dumping, rolling, skewering — and waiting — are skills that helped them develop self-confidence, expand their vocabulary and creative thinking, and sharpen math concepts as well as their fine and gross motor skills (and mine too, for that matter),” she writes.
Clearly I am not the intended audience for this book (being a childless avid home cook who stopped watching Buffy after Season 2).
But I also can see how parents would be drawn to this book as a way to get their kids involved with cooking, or for ideas for throwing a children’s party.
Actress and writer Sarah Michelle Gellar has released a new kid-oriented cookbook called Stirring up Fun with Food ($36.50, Grand Central Life & Style).