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Storyteller to share healthy adventures

Hunterdon County Democrat - New Jersey - Thursday, July 17, 2008

... Nor do the books shy away from using "big words" like "aplomb," "demeanor" and "farklempt," and you'll have to buy the book to learn what that last one means. The text teaches kids their meaning, backed up by a well-exampled glossary at the back. Ms. Smith goes beyond the age level of her readers to challenge them with new words and ideas. A quarterly magazine and online presence, www.EnchantedThyme.com, follows through with more for kids to do, like challenging word games and an ever-growing, interactive, kid-friendly dictionary.

"I believe that kids learn more when they laugh. They eat healthier when it's fun. And they treat each other and the world around them better when they understand how exciting that can be," said Ms. Smith.

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Enchanted Thyme by Ariane Smith and Chef Michael Wilson:
Blending A Passion for Writing and Cooking for Children.

AlohaParent.com - Hawaii - Tuesday, August 5, 2008

... A magical tale great for ages 5 and up, The book recommends read with; 5 - 8 years old.  Read alone; 8 years and up. Enchanted Thyme has the right ingredients for an engaging, yummy reading . The chapters are short, great for bedtime reading, and at the end of each chapter is wonderful child approved recipes that you can make at home. Created by Chef Michael Wilson, an acclaimed New York Chef, recipies such as "Peter's Pirates Gold", "Everyone's Fizzly, Wizzly and Most Dizzly Punch", and "Creepy Swamp Stew," will satisfy all of your senses.

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Fantasy and Food


New York, NY -- Like most children, 10-year old Belinda Phair and herBook flopating over table
8-year old brother Peter love bedtime stories, usually picking
something from their well-filled bookcase. One night, when a
new book magically appears, they keep it a secret from their
father. However, the children are no sooner asleep, than they are awoken by three furry orbs who pop out of the strange book. The orbs turn out to be Marjoram, Rosemary and Basil, winged Royal Kitchen Mice from the Kingdom of Enchanted Thyme.

In much the same manner that Belinda and Peter are whisked off to the Kingdom of Enchanted Thyme by the Royal Kitchen Mice, readers will find themselves carried away by Enchanted Thyme- Book One of Ariane Smith’s The (www.enchantedthyme.com, $17.95 dust-jacketed hardcover).

Written for children ages 6-11, this imaginative book is the first in a 6-part series. The
Royal Kitchen Mice hand-picked Belinda and Peter because, as children of a chef, the
mice think the kids may be able to reverse a curse placed on their hapless Queen
Topstead. The Fricassee Fairy has cursed the queen with a hunger that cannot be slaked
no matter how much food is placed before her. Will Belinda and Peter be able to
prepare a dish (with the help of the royal kitchen’s master chef) that will restore order?

“I developed Enchanted Thyme as a way to stimulate a child’s appetite in all ways,”
said Smith, an accomplished playwright and children’s entertainer. “It provides an
immersion of sorts, an exciting trip through another world and an adventure that can be
explored on a systemic level that reaches from head to potatoes.”

The book also makes good use of more than 100 “twenty-five-cent” words and provides
a glossary to help readers understand their meaning, thus bundling the fun content with
learning. What’s more, Enchanted Thyme punctuates each chapter with a child-friendly
recipe especially developed by professional chef Michael Wilson. The organically-based
concoctions will pass muster with both children and their parents. There’s everything
from “Peter’s Pirate’s Gold” (a new spin on mashed potatoes) and “The Forbidden
Forest’s Black Raven Bog with Vanilla Fog” (a delicious bread pudding) to “The
Fricassee Fairy’s Siberian Ice Pops.”

This appealing combination of children’s literature and recipes sets the table for a
transporting fantasy of sizzling ingredients. Children will gobble up this fun story —
and be asking for seconds.

Enchanted Thyme - Book One: The Delicious Adventure Series
By Ariane Smith
Recipes by Michael Wilson
Line illustrations by Andy Roth
130 pages • 5.5" x 8.5" • Glossary of 105 “big words”
15 recipes • For children ages 6 - 11
ISBN-13: 978-0-9814872-0-5
$17.95 dust-jacketed hardcover
Publication date: September 2008

Published by Big Word Press, NY, NY. The book will be available at bookstores nationwide and online with distribution to major wholesalers and retailers being handled by Mark Kohut & Associates.

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Upcoming Events  

FoodNetwork's
New York City Wine & Food Festival

Sponsored by: Food Network and Food and Wine Magazine Chelsea Market—75 9th Avenue—New York, NY 10011
(Between 15th and 16th Streets)
October 10th, 2008 11:00AM
Interactive Storytelling, Culinary Workshop, and Book Signing
We're doing it again!  Ariane Smith and Chef Michael Wilson will be featured along with Martha Stewart, Alicia Silverstone and many of the world's top "Foodies" at this amazing event!  Ariane will be signing books and doing her famous interactive children's show.  Enchanted Thyme recipe creator Chef Michael Wilson will be teaming up once again with fellow culinary wizards, Becky Geisel, and Margaret Dobbs for a deliciously fun culinary workshop where kids will make their own three course meal! Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase a copy of the new Enchanted Thyme activity book, before it hits the stores! Seating is limited so please register at http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2009/events.php!


 
 
 
 
   
Recent Events  

West Babylon Public Library-Enchanted Thyme™
Storytelling, Culinary Workshop and Book Signing
Saturday April 4, 2009
211 Route 109
West Babylon, NY. 11704-6211
Family Fun and Feast at this exciting event as Ariane Smith's magical Interactive Storytelling show is complimented by a culinary workshop led by none other than the books recipe creator, Chef Michael Wilson.  Bring the kids, your imagination and your appetite!
Registration begins March 18th.  Call 631-669-5445.


 

Califon Book Shop - Enchanted Thyme™
Storytelling and Book Signing

Sunday December 7, 2008
72 Main Street
Califon, NJ. 07830
Bring the kids for Ariane Smith's fun filled interactive storytelling adventure; featuring puppets, dancing and even magical jellybeans!  Shows at 1:00PM and 2:00PM.  It's a great chance to meet the author, get your book signed and have a great time! Seating is limited so RSVP ASAP to 908-832-6686.


 
Hunterdon County Library—Headquarters Library
314 Route 12—Flemington—NJ. 08822
Saturday November 15th, 2008 2:00PM
Have a blast at the library!  Ariane Smith has been featured on television and in the press as one of New York's top children's entertainers.  Come see why!  The author will be signing books and entertaining both kids and their parents with her famous interactive storytelling show!
 

The Enchanted Thyme™ - Halloween Brunch
October 25, 2008
Planethailand 212
30 West 24th St.
New York, NY. 10010
Planethailand 212 and Enchanted Thyme Entertainment team up again for a spooky afternoon of food, fun and storytelling from 12:00pm 'till 4:00pm.  Ariane Smith will be signing books and entertaining kids of all ages at 1:00pm and again at 3:00pm, while Planethailand 212 serves up another one of their spectacular special menus.


 

FoodNetwork's
New York City Wine & Food Festival

Sponsored by: Food Network and Food and Wine Magazine Chelsea Market—75 9th Avenue—New York, NY 10011
(Between 15th and 16th Streets)
October 11th, 2008 2:30PM—4:30
Interactive Storytelling, Culinary Workshop, and Book Signing
Brought to you by ShopRite
Ariane Smith and Chef Michael Wilson will be featured along with more of the world's top "foodies" at this amazing event!  Ariane will be signing books and doing her famous interactive children's show and Enchanted Thyme recipe creator Chef Michael Wilson will be teaming up with fellow chefs Becky Geisel, recipe creator for Enchanted Thyme's online magazine and Margaret Dobbs for a deliciously fun culinary workshop.  Seating is limited.

 
Enchanted Thyme™ - Pre Release Bash
June 2, 2008
Planethailand 212
30 West 24th St.
New York, NY. 10010
Big Word Press, Planethailand 212 and Enchanted Thyme Entertainment
invite you for hors-d'oeuvres, drinks and a glimpse at the soon-to-be-released
ENCHANTED THYME - BOOK ONE IN THE DELICIOUS ADVENTURE SERIES

 
 

LiveRight with ShopRite
July 19, 2008
ShopRite
50 Walmart Plaza
Clinton, NJ. 08809
10:00AM - 11:30AM

July 23, 2008
ShopRite
1207 Route 22
Phillipsburg, NJ. 08865
6:00PM - 7:30PM

July 26, 2008
ShopRite
272 State Route 31
Flemington, NJ. 08822
10:00AM - 11:30AM

The ShopRite of Clinton, Greenwich and Flemington NJ. respestively will offer a culinary workshop for kids as part of their renown LiveRite program!  Chef Margaret Dobbs teaches kids 4-11 how to prepare three healthy and delicious recipes from Ariane Smith's upcoming book.
And as a special feature, Enchanted Thyme's author will be doing her legendary interactive storytelling
!

 
 

 

 
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Peter's Pirate's Gold

Serves 4
(Chef Michael, Peter and Belinda use organic ingredients whenever possible.)

2 lbs. Russet potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes), peeled and cut into chunks
2 ears of fresh yellow corn or one 14oz. can of nibblet corn, drained
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 large (or 4 small) carrots, peeled and sliced into penny-sized pieces
1 sprig of fresh thyme (optional)
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 cup warmed low-fat milk
1 pinch of salt (very small amount taken between your thumb and forefinger)
Pepper

  • Place potatoes in medium pot and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Bring water to a boil, turn down and simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30-40 minutes).
While the potatoes are cooking…
  • Shuck the ears of corn and rinse (if you’re using fresh corn).
  • Have an adult carefully cut the kernels off the cob.
  • Drizzle the olive oil into a medium sauté pan.
  • Sauté the onion first until it’s clear, and then add the carrot slices.
  • Turn down the heat, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Put the fresh or canned corn in with the carrots and onions and continue to simmer, covered, for 8 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Taste the vegetables to see if they are slightly soft.
  • Add the thyme and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Poke potatoes with fork (or sword) to check if they are done …

... when done;
  • Drain potatoes. Then return them to pot. Add butter.
  • with potato masher or sturdy whisk.
  • in sour cream and warm milk.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • corn and carrot mixture in the bottom of each serving bowl.
  • with mashed potatoes and serve.
Now dig through the potatoes to find the Pirate’s Gold at the bottom and don’t forget to exclaim “Aaaargh!” and “Ahoy, mate-y!” while you eat it.

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The following recipe has been posted on this website with permission from Enchanted Thyme, Book One: The Delicious Adventure Series by Ariane Smith, with recipes by Michael Wilson, $17.95 hc, available at bookstores nationwide, online, or visit www.enchantedthyme.com. For permission to reprint this recipe or for other information, please contact:
Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions 800-304-3269 or 616-676-0758 - kate@ksbpromotions.com

“Oh, no,” exclaimed Rosemary, “we would never take you to the dungeon, silly.  We just pass it along the way to the Royal Kitchen,” she explained. 
“Oh,” said Peter. “I figured that.  I mean I knew there was nothing to be afraid of down here, right?”
“Certainly not,” replied Basil emphatically.
“None of the typical ogres, or wizards, or witches, or stuff like that, right?”
“Actually …” started Rosemary before she was cut off by Marjoram’s, “Nah, nothin’ crazy like that.”
“No giant talking green gargoyles, right?” continued Peter.
“Well …” all three mice said hesitantly.  They looked at each other for a moment before Rosemary quickly said, “Funny you should mention gargoyles.”
“Yeah, funny,” added Marjoram tilting her head and squinting her eyes at Peter with a “How did you guess?” look.
Basil took over with, “Tis a great noble creature. Gentle, trustworthy …”
“Kinda big,” interjected Marjoram as Basil and Rosemary shot her a dirty look.  “Well, he is,” she said defending herself.  “His name is Gothel,” she continued.
“Gothel?” repeated Belinda nervously, “What a cool-o name!” she said with unconvincing enthusiasm, attempting to distract her brother from the fact that there was probably some sort of gigantic gargoyle monster lurking about the dark underbelly of this castle.   Peter didn’t reply, but frowned at his sister as he began to reluctantly follow the mice back down the winding staircase.

from Chapter 10, page 64, Enchanted Thyme Book One in the Delicious Adventure Series

This excerpt has been posted on this website with permission from Enchanted Thyme, Book One: The Delicious Adventure Series by Ariane Smith, with recipes by Michael Wilson, $17.95 hc, available at bookstores nationwide, online, or visit www.enchantedthyme.com. For permission to reprint any part of this book or for other information, please contact:
Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions 800-304-3269 or 616-676-0758 - kate@ksbpromotions.com

Questions Ariane Smith, author of Enchanted Thyme, award-winning playwright, and master interactive storyteller, is frequently asked
  1. Why do you focus on entertaining children?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory? Does this play a part in any of your endeavors?
  3. Why did you decide to combine food and fantasy in your book?
  4. Which of the recipes in Enchanted Thyme is your favorite dish?
  5. Did you offer Chef Michael Wilson suggestions, or just give him the manuscript?
  6. Where do you do your storytelling?
  7. Do you have any new plays in production?
  8. I notice your book includes many large words. Doesn’t this make it difficult for a 6 - 11 year old child to understand?
  9. When will the next book in the Delicious Adventure Series be available?
  10. I understand you collect antique and vintage cookbooks? What is the oldest in your collection? Do you ever cook from the old cookbooks?
  11. Did you test out your story with children before it was published?
  12. Where are you performing next? Where can people get Enchanted Thyme?
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Meet the Author

Ariane SmithAriane Smith has been sharing her versatile talents with children since 1986. Children are her passion; reaching them through entertainment her goal. She is a master interactive storyteller, a writer-producer for theater, and now a children’s book author. Her first book, Enchanted Thyme, Book One: The Delicious Adventure Series, released in September 2008, is the first title in a 6-part series (Big Word Press, NY, NY, $17.95 dustjacketed hardcover, www.enchantedthyme.com).

Through her world travels with her professional ballet dancer parents, members of prestigious companies such as The American Ballet Theater and The Joffrey, Smith found
inspiration in the fantasy of dance and experiences from other cultures, and draws from a suitcase full of creative background.

Smith’s award-winning play trilogy, The Venus Cycle, was commissioned by the Tribeca
Performing Art Center. She also earned an appearance on television as one of New York City’s top children’s entertainers. Her intellectual shuttles between the grandiloquence of plays and euphemisms of children’s literature demonstrate a diversity of mind that was formally trained at Skidmore, where she majored in Theatre and Dance.

Smith’s audiences have included employees and friends of Goldman Sachs, Carnegie Hall, The French Culinary Institute, The Whitney Museum and well-known personalities such as Diane von Furstenberg, Donald Trump, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
When time permits, she loves looking for antique and vintage cookbooks to add to her collection.

 
Meet the Chef

Chef Michael WilsonMichael Wilson is an acclaimed New York chef who has received high marks for his eclectic seasonal American menus based on organically inspired recipes.

Wilson, a graduate of the New York Restaurant School, has weaved his culinary delights throughout the Tri-State area for nearly 20 years. Currently, Wilson is the executive chef and partner for JT’s Corner Café and JT’s on the Bay in Long Island, New York – recently named a “Top Five Water View” restaurant by Newsday.

Over the course of his career,Wilson has worked with some of the areas most acclaimed restaurateurs. He was the chef at Home in New York City with David Page, the Perryville Inn with Paul Ingenito from the Russian Tea Room as well as at the Manor House with the legendary Chef Tell.

The 15 recipes Chef Michael created for Enchanted Thyme, Book One each emphasize his overall philosophy that Fresh Good Foods = Great Flavor!
 
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