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First, I’m a big fan of Christina Tosi and Milk Bar but NOT this cookbook. Why? Because: 1. It’s not geared toward children. 2. Recipes are duplicated withIn. 3. Seems like it was rushed to press- failure to do thorough testing?
1. The biggest issue is that it’s not geared toward children. A children’s cookbook requires more than not requiring the use of mixers. The instructions need to be written in a way for children to follow and understand. You can’t just abbreviate instructions and call it a kids book!
A. Instructions to be stated BEFORE the step is completed. For example, one of the instructions says to add dry to butter mixture. Then it says refrigerate if butter mixture is very glossy or separating. While I the preread the recipe I didn’t say “okay x we need to watch for glossy separating butter.” B. Tosi uses call outs to convey essential information, but many kids don’t read call outs. C. There’s no 9 year old who can mix cupcake batter with a spoon for two minutes to make it fluffy. Even my favorite 9 year old got out the little mixer on his own! D. The references (movies, etc) in the book are not at all geared toward current. Did I love them? Sure, but I’m 50 years old. Also, the pics look dated as if they were taken straight front @ Better Crocker kids cookbook published in the 80s
2. Recipes are duplicated within A person only needs one mediocre coconut cupcake ina cookbook. They don’t need two of the same. Not sure how many other duplicated recipes are in the book.
3. Seems like it was rushed to press I find it impossible to believe that the recipes were thoroughly tested and there’s no way they were texted by kids! So far IMO we’ve had four recipe failures- the building block (chocolate cookies), gazillionaire bars (save your time and ingredients!) and the raspberry frosting (a separated disaster that in no way could be made whole without the addition of more ingredients), and possibly coconuts cupcakes which tasted more like oil (canola) than coconut however the sinking in the center was likely baker error. Thankfully we‘ve had two successes- the white birthday cookies and the chocolate birthday cookies.
In closing, I knew there were issues with the book and I thought about returning it but figured it would be okay. I was wrong. Get a different cookbook...or check this one out from the library...because Tosi failed with this book.