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Aparte snacks, shakes, bars en andere typisch amerikaanse lekkernijen. Voor als je eens wat anders wil proberen als een doorsnee taart of cake. Leuk voor traktaties en om uit te delen. Geeft inspiratie om zelf ook andere combi’s te verzinnen en uit te proberen.
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.
Admittedly, I had seen this cookbook pop up a few times in my recommendations but ignored it because it said "Kids Only." Being a huge Milk Bar fan but also not having the patience, mental fortitude, or crazy ingredients on hand all the time to make the original Milk Bar recipes, I caved and took a look at this. My thought was that "well, if it's for kids, it can't possibly be as complicated as the other cookbook so let's check it out."
I'm glad I did. The recipes are unique, fun, but for the most part, pretty straightforward with a lot of ingredients you probably already have in the cupboard. There are little teaching/learning tips all throughout that even for adults might make you go "a-ha!" It's very much like the other Milk Bar cookbook in terms of explaining why certain ingredients are used (milk powder!) but also has some fun spins on classics (there's a few different versions that aren't your typical rice crispy treat, for sure!). One thing I found handy was how to (easily) make all sorts of different flavors of icing with essentially the same base recipe. Not something I ever really put much thought into but when I saw this, all i could say was "Brilliant!"
Most of the book is snacks and dessert type of things but there are a few savory recipes as well (bacon cheddar biscuits! Yum!) There are so many possibilities with this book and so many of the recipes would be great to do with the family, use for a potluck, BBQ, picnic (safely, of course), or if you just need to drown your sorrows of 2020 in a fun dessert. No one will have the same dessert as you with this book. A great buy for ~$15
Saw this book and the author on TV. Checked the online reviews which were really good so I purchased it for my 12 year old granddaughter for Xmas. She has gotten into cooking and loving it. I already gave her th ATK cookbook for kids for her birthday which she loves. Loved that Amazon shipped it directly to her home in Alaska. This will be a Xmas gift for her
I bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas, but I am seriously considering a second copy for myself. I have never seen a cookbook so full of new, creative, DELICIOUS sounding recipes. Most are the standard, typical dessert recipes with a few new ideas sprinkled through - boring. This is hands down the most exciting, innovative cookbook I have ever purchased....sweet or savory. I cannot wait to bake!!!
*full disclosure, I have just as intense of a sweet tooth as Christina...and I mean intense.
Good variety of recipes and complexities. High quality printing with lots of photos and color. Another nice touch to make the book appeal to young bakers is that all the photos are of kids cooking or kids enjoying the food.