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A fun, practical book to help parents and their kids make simple meals, enjoy time together in the kitchen, and learn about healthy eating. Learn more | See similar books

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Grade 5 Up–Emeril's many fans will eat this up. The introduction emphasizes the fun and learning involved in cooking together as a family. The use of fresh ingredients is definitely a plus, but many of the recipes are quite complicated, making this a good book for children and adults to use together. Front matter (the first 25 pages) covers equipment, safety tips, basic skills and terms, and measurements. Seventy-six recipes follow, logically arranged to begin with breakfast and continue through dessert. The step-by-step directions are clearly laid out, and most of the dishes look delicious. The fresh and attractive design includes a mix of simple paintings (for the food) and photos (for the people). Emeril himself is shown throughout, conveying his enthusiasm and sense of play and offering a familiar note for media-savvy cooks. Nutritional information is not included, which may be a good thing, since many of the recipes are sinfully caloric (the hot chocolate recipe calls for whole milk and heavy cream and chocolate chips). For this reason, many of the dishes will be better suited for special occasions than for everyday enjoyment.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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About the Author

Emeril Lagasse is a chef, restaurateur, and author of fifteen bestselling cookbooks including his most recent book, Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh, and Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced his creative take on Creole cuisine. He is the proprietor of twelve award-winning restaurants across the country. He is the host of The Originals with Emeril and his popular series Emeril Live, both appearing on the Cooking Channel. His latest program, Emeril’s Table, airs exclusively on the Hallmark Channel. In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts and promote nutrition and healthy eating. www.Emerils.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060004398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060004392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Emeril Lagasse is the chef/owner of several critically acclaimed restaurants, including Emeril's Restaurant, NOLA, and Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans. He also owns and runs Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas, as well as Emeril's Orlando and Emeril's Tchoup Chop in Orlando, Emeril's Miami Beach, and Emeril's Atlanta.

In addition, Emeril Lagasse is the host of Emeril Green on Planet Green and and The Essence of Emeril on the Food Network. His previous cookbooks include Emeril's Potluck; Emeril's There's a Chef in My Family!; From Emeril's Kitchens; Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!; Emeril's TV Dinners; and Every Day's a Party.

Emeril Lagasse's enthusiasm for mentoring and teaching young people inspired him to establish The Emeril Lagasse Foundation(R), a nonprofit organization that seeks to mentor, inspire, and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and creative individuals. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation(R) supports a diverse network of organizations -- including St. Michael Special School for Exceptional Children in New Orleans and the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation(R) -- and will continue to cultivate relationships with organizations that are committed to improving the quality of young people's lives in each of the communities where Emeril's restaurants operate.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on June 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's a cookbook for the whole family, and who better than Chef Emeril Lagasse to put it together? Lagasse is approachable and expressive. Have you ever seen his toothpaste commercial? He looks like a guy who enjoys a good laugh. His cookbook is fun and imaginative. Illustrator Charles Yuen must be applauded for the colorful drawings combined with the pictures. They bring out the smiles, too.
His humor goes into the recipe titles as well: Waffable Waffles, Never-Enough Dinner Rolls, Talk About a Taco Salad, Totally Sloppy Joes, Blow-You-Away Bagel Chips, Rainy-Day BBQ Chicken, Best Baked Tomatoes, Just-Chillin' Chocolate Fridge Pie, My First Watermelon Granita.
This is one of the better cookbooks I've come across. Readers get a large book with kids' favorite recipes as well as recipes for grown-ups. All you have to do is give your breakfast, lunch or dinner menu a little "Emeril mix" and everyone leaves the table happy. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. F McBride on July 22, 2004
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While the book is designed to help "young" chefs, I recommend it for any novice cook. Concepts that some books assume you know are explained in detail. Saves me from having to call MY mom for help!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HMelon on September 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son brought this book home from the school library. He loves to cook and the recipes in this book work well for us to make together. They are definitely not easy enough for a 9-year-old to attempt on his own, but the point of this book is to make cooking an experience for the whole family. My biggest complaint is the cartoon drawings of all of the food. I'd rather have photos of what the food looks like than photographs of random people and drawings of the food. Very strange format, in my opinion. I wouldn't mind so much if there was a mix of photos and drawings, but there isn't one photo of food in the book. Who needs all of these strangers' faces? I wanna know what the finished product looks like!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toes on October 20, 2005
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I checked this cookbook out of the local library to see if there was anything my kids could cook and would like to eat. Wow! We've been cooking up a storm and loving it all. This book may be for kids, but it works wonders for any novice cook. You'll feel like a true chef after just one mouth watering recipe!

The recipes are tasty, pretty easy, and very well explained. My only complaint is that the graphics are cartoony -I'd much rather see real photos. That said, I'm ordering this cookbook myself because there are just too many good recipes to copy them down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JenD on February 8, 2006
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My 8-year-old son LOVES this book - he loves everything about it. He sits down with it weekly to plan what he would like to make next, and has willingly made and eaten things that he wouldn't go within ten feet of otherwise (artichoke, spinach dip, hummus...)

Obviously, this is a kid's cookbook, but I really like that it doesn't "speak down" to kids - it's challenging, but on their level. The font is easy to read (a plus for emerging readers), the pictures are colorful and inviting, and the recipes are not what you find in most kids' cookbooks - they are varied and interesting, but fit (flavor-wise) what kids are likely to find appealing. (i.e., they have interesting flavors, but aren't so complex or layered that kids won't like them.)

I really appreciate this book, and its companion, There's a Chef in My Soup. Both books have given my son a love for cooking that goes beyond PB & J and ants on a log...he makes dinner for his grandparents, snacks for the librarians, and chicken salad just because it's Tuesday...and feels a lot more confident both in his ability to cook and his willingness to try new things. I definitely recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Bubeck on March 22, 2006
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This is a wonderful collection of recipes. This has brought me, my mother and my daugther closer together. Every week we make new recipes from this book as well as the Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup book. It is truly great for the entire family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Cotton on July 7, 2006
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This cook book is great for cooking with your kids and anyone else. Whether you are planning for a snack with your friends or just making food for a party or anything else. It has easy step by step directions, and it tells you what utensils are needed and if it safe for your child to do it all by themselves. I recommend this book for anyone who is interestede in cooking. It is great fun!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Pam on July 20, 2006
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This is the second Emril's kids cookbook Ihave purchased for my grandson. He loved the first ("There's a Chef in my Soup"), and requested this one for his birthday. He was really excited to get it. I tried a couple of receipes, and they were great!!!
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