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Product Details

  • Series: The Clueless series
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; New Edition, Completely Revised edition (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554078245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554078240
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Take a large measure of good recipes, toss with a healthy dose of humor, and you'll have this accessible cookbook. Newly independent cooks will get all the basics, from buying equipment and groceries, to food-preparation techniques, cooking meals, and defrosting the refrigerator. Recipes are grouped by food type such as "Breakfast-A Cruel Joke" and "Primarily Pasta." Icons further identify each recipe as "Cheap Eats," "Vegetarian Stuff," "Couch Potato Food," "Dinner for the Family," or "Cooking to Impress." There's something for every taste, from hamburgers and pizza to shrimp scampi and almond torte. Both English and metric measurements are given. A conversion chart, glossary, menu ideas, and a good index are included. Raab's informal and chatty style will appeal to teens, but the lack of nutritional information and the liberal use of butter will disappoint health-conscious readers. Joan Scobey's The Fannie Farmer Junior Cookbook (Little, Brown, 1993) has fewer recipes with less variety, but is somewhat easier to follow and aimed at a slightly younger audience. A welcome and useful addition for cooking collections.
Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 8^-12. Young adults who like to cook or would like to learn more about cooking will appreciate the abundant information and recipes here. Not that much of the fare is necessarily super quick to prepare or particularly unusual--there are lots of good traditional dishes, along with the less "mom and pop" breakfast burritos, focaccia bread, couscous, "unfettered fritattas," and other sophisticated items. The author makes a strong case for fresh over convenience and processed food and explains many cooking and kitchen basics. Recipe chapters are arranged according to breakfast foods, side dishes, meat, pasta, vegetarian items, eggs, fish, baked goods, dessert, and snacks. A final section of suggested menus designed for particular guests or occasions ("Artsy vegetarian girlfriend/boyfriend," "Your best friend is depressed") rounds out the book, along with an ample index, glossary, and handy metric conversion table. Although Clueless may try too hard to be hip in tone and at times seems to be addressed to an older audience not living at home, its basic food message is sensible and the recipes are appealing. Anne O'Malley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book's recipes are simple and easy to make.
Caillean Viviane
I bought the first copy of this book during my son's elementary school book sale.
Knigolub
This is an excellent book for even adults that are beginner cooks.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
I'm just an average thirtysomething, juggling a career, social life, and mad video game habit. Cooking isn't all that high on my list of priorities, but eating out 5-8 times a week is getting boring and expensive. This book is absolutely perfect if you're like me. The recipes are easy to follow, relatively quick to make, and use inexpensive everyday ingredients. Don't let the simplicity of the recipes fool you, though, the food tastes fantastic!
There's a good amount of pictures and charts to help you with things like how to slice every kind of vegetable, carving poultry, and demystifying how to use different cuts of beef.
I found this book to be an absolute lifesaver and has made me less intimidated about trying new things in the kitchen or tackling some gnarly hardcore recipe.
Although this book appears to be geared towards mothers who will pack this book off with their sons/daughters going off to college, I would highly recommend it to anyone who's just starting out in learning culinary skills, or like me, someone who just wants some simple, easy, great tasting food!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Even though the book is written for teens, it has been great for me. I'm in my thirties and I hate cooking. I made three of the recipies out of this book already and my husband ate them! I'm so excited because now my husband can wash the pots & pans. Seriously, this book is great because the author takes you through the recipes with easy instructions for extreme beginners like me. In no other cookbook have I found recipes for simple things like meatballs. In the back there is also a section with menu for entertaining. Hooray for Evelyn Raab!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. Lin on August 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my teen brother and its really good. This past weekend we made some of the stuff and it acutally turned out right and it tasted really good. Our parents even loved the food. Try the Rotini pasta dish and the Honey Garlic Chicken Wings. Good gift for anyone young or old. Finally now my brother can cook himself, instead of having someone do it for him! Even though there were no pictures the instructions and general book was easy to use. Good tips in this book. Since my brother is brining this up to college with him i'm getting another for myself.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Sndr on December 20, 2004
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I'm going to be 16 very soon, and this book is just perfect. I can impress my family with delicous meals, and it's all because of this book. The recipes are easy to follow, and easy to make. It's also pretty funny in some parts. This book inspired me to get off my butt and make a meal. This cook book is fantastic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Simkins on November 3, 2006
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I bought this book after seeing another book by Raab at a friends house. I bought a copy for our home so that my then teenagers could have a simple easy to use cookbook .

It has good basic food that appeals to teens and young adults. It tells how to stock a pantry, tools you will need and other helpful hints about keeping your kitchen clean and operating kitchen appliances.

It even has soup recipes, pizza,meatballs,hummus, cookies and many more yummy recipes. I was going to send this to my son who is away from home for two years serving a church mission but, I couldn't bear to part with it so I sent him his own copy. Another great book by Raab is "The Clueless Vegetarian"

Well worth the price!!! A+
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Ratti on April 25, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
i bought this cookbook in junior high and i have loved it since. evelyn raab wrote the recipes in a way so that they weren't intimidating for a beginning cook. in fact it's much like receiving advice on cooking from a trusted friend. she wants you to succeed and writes in a way that makes you feel like you really can. it helped me get started with my cooking and four years later i'm still using it regularly. i highly recommend this book whether you're just starting or you've already amassed a large collection of cookbooks. no collection would be truly complete without this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Caillean Viviane on September 20, 2000
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Are you looking for a cookbook that doesn't include things like "Old Fahioned Hand Dried Pressed o"regano on a Steam Baked Fowl". It's time for us all to enjoy everything from "Idiot-proof Chocolate Cake" to "Curry Glazed Chicken" to "Apple Crisp". This book is incredibly simple to use. It does not throw you into the wildly complicated world of cooking. It helps you with the basics. It is well organized, and has good tips for beginners. It even tells you how to shop and do common kitchen appliance matienence. Organization is helpful in this book made for the beginning chef. It is divided into sections, each informative and humorous. Indexes and lists of tips and facts only add to the appeal of this book.This book's recipes are simple and easy to make. However, this does not mean the recipes are plain or do not turn out well. You will get countless complements on this food when taken to potlucks. Enjoy Clueless in the Kitchen, it is an excellent buy that will teach you how to cook. Get it today, your taste buds will thank you.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. L. B. on January 7, 2012
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I was drawn to this by the name and the drawing on the cover - both of which I believe are "deceiving." I bought it for my 13 y.o. son, who is only a bit interested in cooking but is truly totally clueless about it. I read reviews but apparently I already had a bias of what I expected. I expected quite a few pictures (even if they were just drawings) and there are basically none. I expected easy, quick things that typical teenagers would be drawn to. But things like pineapple upside-down cake, bread pudding, fettuccine with asparagus, eggplant pasta sauce, cooking a turkey, lamb stew, mushroom risotto... Really?! Unless I'm really out of touch, I don't believe these are recipes most teens would be drawn to.

With that said, I think this is a neat little cookbook for maybe a newlywed or someone just starting out in doing some "serious" meal preparation, beyond microwaving and fast foods. There's a lot of good basic information -- but much more than your average teen would care about. It would be great for a teen who has a pretty strong interest in really learning about foods and cooking, but most teens that already have that interest are not "clueless in the kitchen."

So, I'd give it more stars if it were what I expected, but it just isn't.
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