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Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook Paperback – June 13, 2006

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Gr. 6-9. In a year when two young chefs, ages 8 and 10, were nominated for the James Beard Award, it's clear that kids are increasingly comfortable in the kitchen. English teen Sam Stern, with his mother's help, offers this slender, photo-packed cookbook, unusual not only because of its author but also because it focuses on guys, with chapters such as "Impress the Girls." That said, the recipes, presented in a casual but clear voice, will draw both genders. An opening section presents some insight into cooking's appeal for teens: "It's brilliant to know that you can be independent," Sam says of the ability to cook what he wants, when he wants it. Suggestions for breakfast, dinner, and snacks are included, as are dishes for parties and for boosting brainpower during exams. Although the recipes aren't technically difficult, kids without any kitchen experience will need lots of help. Still, the bright, energetic text and color photos of Sam and his photogenic friends and family will easily pull in aspiring foodies. Gillian Engberg
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About the Author

SAM STERN is a fourteen-year-old student who excels in drama and creative writing. Like many of his friends — and his mother and mentor, Susan Stern — he loves to cook and eat. Sam enjoys sports, fishing, climbing with his older brother, and going out to hear all kinds of music, including indie rock and jazz. He is rarely seen without an iPod.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629885
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cooking up a storm is a great cook book for kids of all ages. I have 3 kids ages 7, 11 and 16 and each one of them has enjoyed using this book to make some Fab food. Before this book they would get bored if they tried to use a cook book but with the pictures, explanations and real funny captions they were glued to it. Not only that but it has everything you could want to cook in it so its even useful for us adults. Anything that will get my kids in the kitchen making real food deserves some credit. I would definitely reccomend it!!
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Great cook book. My son enjoys it very much. He is 16 years old. He is a typical jock. Plays football, baseball, basketball, and races moto-x. But, in his spare time he loves to cook. It is a great hit with his friends, especially the girls! He got the cookbook for his birthday in January and has used it several times. We would highly recommend "Cooking Up A Storm!"
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Cooking Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook by Sam Stern (and inspired by great British chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, and Nigella Lawson) is an expansive and "teen-friendly" guide through a fun, nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-prepare collection of recipes that kids can make in their family kitchen. Ably presenting a culinary wealth of recipes for active meals and the step-by-step methods for their preparation (including an ingredients list for each featured dish), Cooking Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook offers its young readers recipes ranging from My Friend Joe's Thai Green Curry; Meringue Shells with Raspberries and Cream; and Tomato, Avocado and Mozzarella Salad; to Our Fave Cheesecake; Chocolate Crispy Crunchies; and French Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons. A welcome addition to any family cookbook shelf, Cooking Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook is very highly recommended for all teens eager to discover their hidden culinary talents or who must begin to assume meal preparation duties for themselves and/or their families.
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I was a little disappointed because the recipes are based out of England and so sometimes the items needed or the measurements are not available which makes it hard for my son to do the recipes. If you want a cook book for a teen I would not recommend this one. This does not have simple recipes of food that teens would like to make, more for adults with a variety of pallets.
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Thanks Sam for a well written and easily followed cook book which has added a little spice into my life. I am 77!!! The recipes are so easy to follow and simple to fix. Will I have to wait till you are and old man for you to write a book entitled "Recipes for Old Codgers!"
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We bought this cookbook for our 12 yr old son. Many kids cookbooks are pretty boring and include recipes for things that don't even need a recipe (ie. grilled cheese, peanut butter sandwich). This cookbook has more interesting recipes and the fact that a teenager wrote it is a big plus, too. There are plenty of good photos to illustrate the recipes as well. Finally a cookbook for kids that is actually worth buying!
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I bought this after my 12 yr old son brought it home from his school library. He has no problem making most of the recipes himself & uses it to cook dinner for us once a week.
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I bought this as a gift for my 13-year-old son--we had previewed it before when we checked it out from the library. It has a good variety of both basic and "fancy" recipes, and is written in language which appeals to teenagers. My son has prepared several of the dishes in this book, and they are delicious as well.
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