Ask a student to try a pizza and you have a lineup of volunteers. Include chili or lasagna and you collect more willing participants. Top the offer with strawberries and the helper list expands.

Ranging in age from 6 to 18, student testers responded to a variety of new food ideas with comments like, "but it didn't make me lose my appetite," to "not really a kid's recipe. No way would I make it again."Some offered suggestions to improve various recipes. Comments included, "I would get rid of the cream cheese," "needed a lot more sauce," or "My five brothers did not like it because of the broccoli. Take out the broccoli."

Is that President Bush's influence?

The Deseret News expresses appreciation to students who tested recipes for the "No Books Day" Recipe Exchange.