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About the Author

David Hoffman has worked in television for 22 years, as both a writer and a consultant for a number of series, and as an on-camera reporter covering trends and popular culture. His book Kid Stuff celebrated classic toys and has spawned an interactive traveling museum exhibition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Paperback Edition edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762414405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762414406
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hoffman has been a television writer, a creative consultant, and an on-camera reporter for ABC and FOX covering trends and popular culture. He is the author of numerous pop culture books, including Kid Stuff, which celebrates classic toys, and The Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet. He lives in Los Angeles.

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My granddaughter loves her new cookbook!
mike
Haven't made that may recipes yet, but the ones that we have are delicious.
Jean M
It is interesting to see how many chefs had and used an Easy-Bake Oven.
Kim Montoya

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Huston on May 7, 2003
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This --adult-- cookbook lots of b/w photos, short bios on the famous chefs, and lots of FROM SCRATCH recipes. (Unlike other Easy-Bake cookbooks!) The recipes are sophisticated and can contain ingredients like capers, Chineese cabbage, and Grand Mariner. It might be suitable for children with more refined tastes (the ones who eat more gelato than jello) to use with parent supervision. I've made a few of the recipes, and enjoyed the results. While I enjoyed the book I do have one major gripe -- all too often the authors have a recipe that reads something along the lines of "makes 12 cakes, cooked one at a time." Get real -- how hard would it have been for the publisher to scale the recipes? This isn't a big concern for adults, possibly, as we can just prepare one in the Easy-Bake oven and the rest in the conventional one, but I think an Easy-Bake cookbook should have been Easy-Bake friendly. If you're looking for a from-scratch child's cookbook try the Mommy and Me cookbook.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mrs. dani on December 7, 2006
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if you want a book to show you how to make your own easy bake mixes for the fraction on the cost, this is NOT the book for you. buy the Baking with Mommy Cookbook: Recipes for Kid-size oven. (highly recommended)

this is a great book if you want to see the history of the oven and other really cool facts. the recipes are great for OLDER teens and adults. what kid really wants something with lobster in it? i got it for my kids when they get older. i thought it might be a neat thing to look through.

ok...i also wanted to hit the $25 mark for the free shipping.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parent of Two on September 11, 2004
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Having fond memories of my sister's Easy-Bake oven and being a fan of cooking shows, I enjoyed thumbing through the Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet. Being rather practical, I was glad that "Warm Memories" recipes from past Easy-Bake oven cookbooks were included; my kids and I are more likely to try those than the more complicated recipes created by the well-known chefs. I'd agree with an earlier reviewer that Kristen Joyal's Baking with Mommy Cookbook is a better choice for families who want delicious kid-sized oven recipes that are kid-friendly in terms of ease and taste.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on May 3, 2003
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I had this idea about two years ago to buy an Easy-Bake oven and do some experiments with it to see what it was really capable of. I never did get around to doing those experiments, but I might wind up giving the oven to my nephew as soon as his mother thinks he's old enough to play with it. As it is, I acquired an Easy-Bake when I was in kindergarten or so, but never got to play with it -- in my mother's infinite wisdom, the cord was clipped because it was "too dangerous".
That wasn't very nice of her.
So, in celebration of the Easy-Bake's fortieth anniversary, someone else -- David Hoffman, TV writer and reporter, probably with Hasbro's prodding -- got around thirty chefs, including some very well-known ones like Rick Bayless and Bobby Flay (both of whom had Easy-Bakes as kids, even though it was a "girl's toy"), to come up with recipes using the oven. The recipes in it are serious cooks' food, from lobster pie to salsa to shortbread cookies; the best of them (the most impressive being an Easy-Bake-sized Linzertorte) get to be one of a select half-dozen recipe cards attached to the cover. And there's a very impressive history of the oven itself at the beginning, showing all the versions from the original through the extremely elaborate early 70s version (that even included a temperature control and timer) up to the modern white/purple/pink model.
I'm not too sure how seriously to take the book. The chefs involved obviously did it for pure hack value, and I would suggest taking it in the same spirit; many of the recipes are somewhat impractical done over a lightbulb, but they're still worth a shot just for fun. The kitsch value is high, but if nothing else it proves that the Easy-Bake is a toy worthy of both boys and girls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2007
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To all of you who got this book for your kids and were so dissapointed with it: The last word in the title of the book is "gourmet". Nothing about the word gourmet ever involves kids. Don't buy this book for kids. Buy it for adults, like I did. I got for someone who is a major "foodie" and loves the food network and never had an Easy Bake oven as a kid. Of course "Cooking with Mommy" is a great book for kids. But not a good book for my friend, he doesn't want to cook with mommy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Montoya on August 5, 2011
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It is interesting to see how many chefs had and used an Easy-Bake Oven. The recipes are fun and interesting. Although for a child some might be challenging and expensive, I don't normally have lobster on my shopping list, the recipes are scaled down for the oven but they can be easily switched over to a regular oven for a delightful meal. I can see the fun and challenge that each chef put into cooking it in the Easy-Bake and the fun the oven called back to being a kid cooking a delicious snack without mom's help.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2003
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This is a delightful book - so original, fresh and over-all terrific. Author, David Hoffman has put together a great combination of a history book (of the easy-bake. . should have its own museum) and recipes from established chefs. This is the most fun book I've seen in a long, long time. I've already given it as gifts to many people - even the ones who don't go near an oven - easy bake or no! Also seeing Hoffman on CNN and "The Today Show" it's clear this guy is a pro.
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