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The Children's Step-by-step Cook Book Hardcover – October 7, 1999

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-This dazzling book of "photographic cooking lessons for young chefs" leaves no one wondering about appearances of food, equipment, or preparation methods. The pages are busy, but clear and unintimidating. Pure ingredients are used in the 44 recipes included and good nutrition is observed. Wilkes's My First Cookbook (Knopf, 1989) is for slightly younger readers. This newer book is for the same audience as The New Junior Cook Book (Meredith, 1989). Readers who have mastered Step-by-Step can go on to the excellent and more inclusive Fannie Farmer Junior Cook Book (Little, 1993) by Joan Scobey.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4-6. In an oversize photo-format similar to that of Helen Drew's My First Baking Book (1991), this foray into the kitchen is a handsome way to help children hone their basic cooking skills. The text is occasionally awkward ("making popcorn is like magic, and it tastes good"), but the photos are outstanding, colorful, and clear, as well as thoughtfully sequenced and appealingly varied. Wilkes leads off with some cooking tips, including a note on kitchen safety (a special symbol is used in recipes when safety is a concern). Then a two-page spread pictures most (not "all" as the text claims) of the utensils needed in the recipes. Although not always "heart-smart," the recipes range from ordinary to fancy (egg salad to miniflorentines), and the ingredients for each dish are shown, a nice touch that may help novice cooks know what to look for if they help with the shopping. A picture of the finished product follows the captioned, step-by-step preparation highlights, and there's a very helpful glossary that uses photographs to demonstrate fundamental kitchen how-tos. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (October 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751351210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751351217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Angela Wilkes is the author of several Dorling Kindersley books, including The Children's Step-by-Step Cookbook and My First Word Book.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Linda Nostrant on March 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I originally bought this book for a Vietnamese friend whose English is not very good. She wanted to teach her 11-year old daughter how to cook "American" food, but wasn't familiar with it. This book is perfect for both of them. For example, the ingredients are shown with a picture of the food item as well as quantity. So if the recipe calls for zucchini, there is a picture of zucchini - this allows my friend to do the grocery shopping (she knows zucchini in Vietnamese but not in English). It also includes an illustrated glossary at the back to help with terms such as "simmer."
I was so impressed with this book that I ordered one for myself, as well as Angela Wilkes' Children's Quick And Easy Cookbook for when my grandkids are old enough to use it! (Okay, the truth - I want to make some of the recipes now!)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Diane Dirksen on May 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 9 year old grandson and now he plans to be a chef in his own restaurant. He loves the recipes and we love to share the meals he prepares. The photos are very good and allows children to whet their appetites. The directions are clear and easy to follow. I plan to buy this for other friends who are grandparents so they, too, can give it to their grandchildren.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I got this book about two years ago and gave it to my two grandaughters who live beside us. They found the book to have wonderful illustrations of the amounts measured and of the ingredients very easy to use. The receipes turned out to be very good and consistent. The two girls have grown in confidence and have they cooked crepes for me for a party of ten people. I was very proud of them but better still they were proud of themselves. They have gone on to cook there own birthday cakes and make sunday breakfasts. I have just bought another of the same book for another grandaughter and still have two families to buy the same book for the girls. It is a FANTASTIC BOOK. All four sets of my grandchildren will eventually have there own and pass it on to there children. Angela Thompson.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By shopper on October 31, 2010
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The cookbook is what we wanted, but we did not know that it was being sent from England. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but with a cookbook, all of the measurements are metric and even some food names are different. I wish the seller (World of Books) would have indicated where it was being sent from so we could have purchased it from a distributor who deals only in the US.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2004
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My six year old son couldn't wait to get started making gingerbread from this book. He assembled all equipment needed from the photos provided for each recipe. I've looked at other children's cookbooks and this is above the others in being extremely well thought out in every detail. We haven't tried any other recipes yet but can't wait to!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimmy11 on May 9, 2008
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First of all, I agree that adult supervision is needed. Having said that, this is an AMAZING Cookbook! Every recipe we have made actually worked and tasted Great ! I was a pastry chef for 5 years and was amazed at their authentic crepe recipe! It explains how to make the best scrambled eggs ever (hint: use LOW heat and stir often). And the "cowboy bean bake" is absolutely delicious ! It's true that you will have to lend your child a hand but this is a FAMILY cookbook that you can treasure together ! We can't wait to try the other rcipes !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By YoursInTheSnow on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My kids love to prepare the dishes from this book, the recipes are simple enough and the results are delicious! By the way, scant is slightly less than a pinch, but who cares?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Triocat on April 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous cookbook for kids or beginning cooks of any age. The instructions are clear and very well illustrated, so it's easy to figure out what to do. The recipes are not super-simple recipes, however. They are fairly sophisticated, and include some techniques I (the mom) had never tried. My eleven year old daughter, however, has gained confidence in independent cooking and scoffed at my timidity. :) She has independently cooked several meals for the family from this book (Fisherman's Pie and Quiche) and they've been delicious! She's also made the gingerbread, milkshakes, spongecake, tasty toasts, and spongecakes. She started with the chocolate chip cookies a few years ago but now feels able to tackle any recipe!

There might be better options for suggesting very very simple cooking projects for very young children to make with their parents (or other adult). If you are looking for short attention span small kid pleasers like cookie cutter toast shapes or microwave cheese sandwiches, this probably isn't the one.
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