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I bought this book to help my daughter learn to cook - she loves cooking and finds recipes where we're both involved a lot of fun. We tried our first selection tonight - the Lemon, Orzo and Chicken Soup. It was delicious! Even my picky eater had a big bowl! We have at least a dozen other things to try, and I can't wait!
The first thing I noticed when I opened this book at how wonderfully it was bounded and lays flat. There is one picture of each recipe and then step-by-step instructions for the "Kids" and "Parents" and then finally "TeamWork". The introduction list out 1-16 of all the skills they will learn: Measuring Dry vs Wet, Whisking eggs, Flipping Food, Broil Children How to use an oven ect. There really are not a whole lot of pictures in this book. They made it very simple, one picture of the recipes. For a kids book, I would have liked to see more pictures of the "Steps". There were actually a lot of recipes my 9 year old son didn't want to try: Feta and Watermelon Salad, Lime Corn Salad, Classic French Beef Stew, and Greek Lemon Drop Chicken soup to name a few. We did try the Vanilla Spice French Toast and the Cinnamon Sugar and Peacan Monkey Bread. On the list next is the Yummy looking Ooey Gooey Cheesy Lasagna Soup. We are going to make a salad with it and try out the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. The recipes are very easy to follow along and overall, I think it is an good cookbook for kids (but not my favorite).
4.0 out of 5 starsReally Nice Family Cookbook, With a Couple Irks
Reviewed in the United States on 24 November 2018
I've purchased a number of kids cookbooks in recent years, and many, many grown-up ones for myself and gifts in my lifetime. I'm no chef, nor even an expert cook, but I do know my way around a kitchen and recipe.
I like this cookbook a lot. It covers cooking from meal planning to serving (plating), and does a great job of explaining the hows and whys of cooking. It even has a section describing herbs and spices, complimenting the cook, and proper dinner conversations. Wow! Great and complete job of teaching these (un) common skills when most meals are eaten on the run or in front of the TV these days!
Most of the recipes are divided into parts for both the kids and parents, so "teamwork gets it done" in the end. There are also a few, simple ones for the kids to do by themselves.
Throughout the book, there are tips on how to use various appliances and kitchen gadgets, how to flip with a spatula, use a whisk, cutting with and without a knife, etc.. I think this book would be great for any beginning cook, not just young children.
My gripe is that the printing is pretty small, and also different colors, some of which aren't easy to read. Also, it's printed on a colored background sometimes as well, which can make it hard to see and read. I like my printing, especially recipes, in large, clear type, so that I can see it from a distance when my hands are full of ingredients or dirty. I know that my vision isn't what it used to be but, that aside, I still feel that the type is too small and unclear due to light colors.
I've not yet made any of these recipes, but feel that they are simple and straightforward enough that most kids, with varying degrees of adult help depending on their age, would be able to enjoy making them.
Great job on organizing and writing this book! I just wish more emphasis would be on actual readability over artistic appeal, especially in a cookbook.
4.0 out of 5 starsI Wanted To Like This Book Much More Than I Did
Reviewed in the United States on 10 October 2018
One of our son-in-laws is a highly regarded phenomenal chef. My daughter likes to cook with their older son, but the family is very health conscious. I wouldn't use this book with my grandson because there's no nutitional information included with the recipes.
My daughter and son have loved taking charge and creating recipes from this book. They work together and are so proud when they present their finished meal. The recipes are easy to follow and they are simple and enjoyable.