Sarah Michelle Gel­lar launches cook­book SHOW­BIZ

STILL HAS AWE­SOME SKILLS WITH A SKEWER

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NEW YORK — As a vam­pire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gel­lar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two chil­dren, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick—only this time it’s in the kitchen.

Gel­lar skew­ers all kinds of things in her new cook­book, “Stir­ring Up Fun with Food,” mak­ing ap­pe­tiz­ing-look­ing chicken fin­gers, fon­dues, fruit slices, slid­ers, cake pops and even a Cae­sar salad.

The for­mer star of “Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer” also em­braces muf­fin tins, cookie cut­ters, jars and some nifty knife work — all part of her ef­fort to get kids to eat their veg­gies and try new fla­vors.

“We eat with our eyes first and a lot of de­ci­sions are made just by look­ing at some­thing,” she said. “A child, an adult, any­one, looks at as­para­gus and says, ‘I don’t want to eat that. I’m go­ing to go and eat a cup­cake.’ So how do you make things more vis­i­bly ap­peal­ing?”

Gel­lar and co-author Gia Russo think they have the an­swer with some­thing called food craft­ing, which el­e­vates a dish’s ap­peal by us­ing clever pre­sen­ta­tion. Think of bor­ing old meat loaf as a cute muf­fin. (AP)

SARAH Michelle Gel­lar holds a copy of her book “Stir­ring Up Fun With Food.”

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