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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451685874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451685879
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-8–By the creator of ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, this book has a simple concept: teach kids to cook wholesome foods and you will not only get help in the kitchen and build positive family memories, but also set up youngsters for a lifetime of healthy eating. With a balance of health food and kid appeal as well as kitchen chemistry, history, and the facts about smart choices, this is more than a collection of recipes. Many (soups, salad dressings, smoothies, sandwiches, vegetables, chocolate chip cookies, and more) merely provide the basic instructions and then invite kids to build their own; the smoothie section includes a simple chart that they can use to select ingredients that sound appealing. Included in the beginning is a note to children, a note for parents, a list of essential ingredients and equipment to have on hand, and even a seasoning experiment. Each recipe lets youngsters know if an adult is needed, the hands-on time, the total time, kitchen gear necessary, and, of course, ingredients. The photographs show fully engaged kids having a really good time making and enjoying beautiful food. A delicious standout title, sure to inspire the next generation of chefs.–Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"Sampson has solved a puzzle everyone talks about—how to make children and families cook—by being truly cross-cultural, practical, explicit, and never patronizing." (Corby Kummer The Atlantic)

“What makes ChopChop so great is not only Sampson’s choice of subject, appealing and respectful design and language, bright colors and surprisingly sophisticated food photography; it’s her (and her editors’) choice of recipes. . . . Sampson [is] doing preventive medicine. Because cooking reduces obesity and reducing obesity reduces disease.” (Mark Bittman The New York Times)

"A delicious standout title, sure to inspire the next generation of chefs." (School Library Journal)

“Plant the seeds of cooking enthusiasm in the young, and give them the gift of a lifetime. ChopChop imparts the joy of kitchen fluency to our next generation with a crisp, inviting design, an inspiring, encouraging voice, and broadly appealing recipes.” (Mollie Katzen author of Moosewood Cookbook and Pretend Soup)

ChopChop has made my son love math (measuring ingredients); chemistry (that’s cooking!) and good, nutritious food. Most of all, he loves the spirit that ChopChop embodies: Intelligent, healthy fun. It’s wonderful.” (Susan Orlean author of Rin Tin Tin and Throw Me a Bone)

ChopChop is introducing a generation of children (and their parents) to cooking, establishing a healthy lifestyle from the start. Keep a copy in your kitchen.” (David Ludwig, MD, PhD Director, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children's Hospital)

“[ChopChop] is ideal. It has lively graphics, a bright (but not saccharine) tone, and modern, realistic recipes.” (Julia Moskin The New York Times)

More About the Author

Sally Sampson is the author of twelve cookbooks, including the Recipe of the Week series, Party Dips!, Souped Up!, Party Nuts!, and the James Beard Award-nominated The $50 Dinner Party. She has coauthored six additional books, including (with chef Todd English): The Olives Table, The Figs Table, and The Olives Dessert Table.

Customer Reviews

The recipes are simple and easy to follow.
Fusion Daze
Where possible, this is a book that the cook, whether child or parent, should try and at look through sequentially at least once.
I. Darren
Highly recommended for children of any age.
Deb Nam-Krane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By CarolRae Cambianica on October 28, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I like the recipes in this book, but the recipe writing is poor. I can follow these recipes, but my poor husband-- a less accomplished cook-- has to ask what to do because the recipes don't give enough detail. an example, in the frittata recipe there are no directions for how to prepare the vegetables, all the recipe says is to add them to the eggs. Even though the book is for kid cooks, it is not for the beginning cook.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Raiken on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a pediatrician working every day to encourage kids and their parents to make healthy food choices, I am thrilled to see the ChopChop Cookbook. I have been a fan and promoter of the magazine for my patients. Now children and their parents have endless fun recipes to explore and in the process learn about cooking and eating healthy. The photographs of the kids are delightful; it's informative for the novice and more experienced cook. And of course the recipes look great. I have one book in the office to show to my patients and the other at home. It will solve our "what to have for dinner tonight" dilemma and what we make will always be healthy and tasty!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on August 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here is a book that anybody who feels slightly inadequate in the kitchen can buy for, cough, a child they "might know" without feeling embarrassed.

This is a book crammed with lots of great advice to help get children cooking, with over 100 different varied recipes. It is also eminently suitable for the adult who wants to know more but is afraid to ask. The author's main aim is to get children cooking great healthy food, ideally involving their family along the way. Everybody wins, well nearly everybody, as fast food joints and manufacturers of ready-made microwave food may see their nose pushed a bit out of joint.

The recipes are split into key sections of breakfast; lunch; soups; salads; dinner; dessert and drinks. Great internal signposting and a full index lets the impatient cook really dig into this book. Before you get cooking, should it be required, there is a good introduction covering the most basic of the basics you need to know but perhaps have never been taught. One particular feature that caught this reviewer's eye was the "seasoning experiment" that seeks to help show the importance of good seasoning and how essential it can be for a cook to taste things as they go on - a small thing that only occupied two pages but a very important thing.

Where possible, this is a book that the cook, whether child or parent, should try and at look through sequentially at least once. Not only do you then get a great overview to all the recipes on offer but you will pick up a lot of the great background information, hints and tips along the way. As you would expect the recipes are very clearly written and well laid out. The recipes even address most of our typical "niggles" with an estimation of preparation and cooking times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Bast on August 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this cookbook! All of the recipes are easy and simple to make while still tasting delicious. I can't wait to try them all. All of the recipes are healthy and allow the kids to be excited about what they are cooking and eating. I definitely recommend this cookbook to add to anyone's collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Korn on August 14, 2013
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I am so happy that ChopChop came out with a cookbook! This book is full of creative and bold recipes that look super delicious and fun to make for both kids and adults. I am most excited about the salad chapter- it has 7 salad dressing recipes and tons of ideas for salad ingredients and combinations. Oh the possibilities..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on March 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It took me a while to review this cookbook. Why? Because as soon as I picked it up one of my sons grabbed it away from me. One of his sisters did pretty much the same thing as soon as we got it home.

And why not? It's bright, filled with models they can relate to and makes healthy food look delicious.

For parents, there's a lot to like as well. Of the 110-ish recipes, only six are of questionable nutritional value (cookies, brownies and cupcakes). The rest of them- including the other desserts- are filled with fruit, vegetables and/or healthy grains and protein. Additionally, the recipes are easy to follow (both for children and adults) and any recipe that requires adult intervention is clearly marked.

Because people in my family have various food sensitivities and allergies, my favorite recipes are the ones that use the "Mix-and-Match" template that breaks the ingredients of a recipe into categories and then gives suggestions for each. The Smoothie, Breakfast Sandwich, Sandwich and Lunch Bowls. I also appreciate the recipes that provided plenty of ideas for variations, including potatoes, salads and vegetable soups, among many others.

Best reason to pick this up? Even a child who is very squeamish about new foods (like my son) will find at least one new recipe in here that they'd like to try, and that might be worth buying two.

Highly recommended for children of any age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Foodie Mom on September 2, 2013
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As an avid home cook, I'm always looking to cookbooks for inspiration. Finally here's a cookbook that both my kids and I can enjoy together! My kids love how it is geared for them without being too cutesy with recipes that talk down to them. I love it because it's jammed pack with easy recipes that are not only delicious, but diverse and healthy. My kids are learning essential cooking skills too - from seasoning, to essential pantry items and kitchen tools. I also love the variations on many of the recipes - a great way for me and my kids to learn about ways to pair food and how to improvise. And as a subscriber to ChopChop Magazine, I am thrilled to find some our our favorite recipes can finally be found in one book! Get this cookbook for you and your family. You won't regret it!
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