In The Dog Kitchen

0515webbookreviewpicIn The Dog Kitchen
By Julie Van Rosendaal
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
ISBN-10: 1771511052
$19.95 US
$19.95 Canada

By Susan Crawford, M.Sc.

Julie Van Rosendaal’s passion for baking shines through every page of the new edition of In The Dog Kitchen. It is jam packed with 70 recipes for treats for every palate — and even has a new grain-free section that was not included in the first edition of this book. Back in 2003 when the first edition was published, pet guardians were feeding their dogs differently, so she wanted to incorporate a bunch of new recipes in 2014 to cater to those readers.

The recipes are easy, and will definitely save pet guardians money, but at the same time they guarantee that wholesome ingredients go into each treat. There is no risk of soy, corn or meat by-products going into any of these treats. Van Rosendaal has even included a section on how to customize each recipe to your dog’s diet, so that gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegetarian options are possible.

The photographs are delightful, making this book a wonderful addition to the bookshelf, and recipe collection, of every dog lover. Pet guardians who have been leery of the difficulty of making homemade treats will be relieved to see Van Rosendaal’s photos and her easy to follow instructions. Those not wanting to make a special trip to the grocery store will enjoy the information on how to use their own leftovers for treats for their dogs.

And best yet, because they are dog treats, you won’t be tempted to eat them right out of the oven. That definitely cannot  be said for your dog though! Our dog’s favourite recipe was Bubble and Squeak Bites — no doubt partly related to our dog’s obsession with squeaky toys! No, these treats do not squeak, but they are healthy and definitely delicious all the way to the last crumb.

Four paws up!