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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006 6:48 am | Updated: 4:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Simple objects often inspire great ideas. Sir Isaac Newton took inspiration for his great idea (the theory of gravity) from an apple. So did Mesa resident Brenda Waterman.

Well, sort of.

“I really wanted a caramel apple, and I couldn’t have one,” says the 12-year-old, who wears braces. “I put caramel syrup on (thinly sliced apples) and I thought, ‘someone should put this in a cookbook.’ ”

So Brenda and her mother, Pamela Waterman, gathered old family recipes and whipped up some new ones for “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love.” It’s a collection of “tender” versions of favorites that people wearing braces shouldn’t eat. The cookbook is available at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

“We did some research and found there was nothing else out there except books aimed at people with throat cancer,” says Pamela Waterman.

The Watermans used a list of forbidden foods provided by their orthodontist as a road map. Beef jerky, pizza — the Watermans found a soft alternative for several forbidden foods through trial and error in their own kitchen.

They also kept good nutrition in mind. Sometimes a dietitian’s worst nightmare — milkshakes and mashed potatoes — are the best foods on those tender days.

“You really have to balance it with healthy food,” says Waterman.

The only forbidden food the pair have yet to master are Rice Krispies Treats, which have tended to turn out too crispy with each modification.

But the pair plan to keep trying until they get it right.

“Why not?” says Waterman. “We love a challenge.”

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