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Paula Deen's My First Cookbook Hardcover-spiral – October 7, 2008
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About the Author
Martha Nesbit is a cookbook writer and food columnist for Savannah Magazine. She has been featured on HGTV's "Thanksgiving Across America" special and on Food Network's Food Nation with Bobby Flay. She lives on the beautiful Isle of Hope in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, Gary, her sons Zack and Emory, and her dachshund, Lucy.
Susan Mitchell is originally from Scotland, where she studied drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art. In 1993, she moved to Montreal, where now lives with her husband and son while working as a freelance commercial illustrator. (Susan has designedmore Christmas cards than Santa has whiskers.) She also illustrated Paula Deen's My First Cookbook.
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Top Customer Reviews
I know, I'm from the South, too, and that's how it's done. But, with all the diet-related health problems our children are facing today--why not teach kids to make yummy foods that will nourish their body for a lifetime? I find that children are very likely to eat what they've cooked, so cooking together is a great way to improve your child's eating habits.
Fortunately, so far we've found the many of the recipes fairly easy to improve by using healthier fats, whole grains, etc. Knowing how to make recipes healthier is an important skill to teach kids, and this book provides that opportunity.
Now, the upsides: So far, everything we've made has been delicious and the book is easy to use. The size and shape is perfect, the pictures are cute and book lies flat on the counter. We also had good luck drying off a page that was dribbled on. Another big plus is that the reading level is just right for my 2nd grader. She loves studying the table of contents in each section (dinner, lunch, etc.) when deciding what to make. It's also nice that most of the directions are very simple to understand. And I appreciate that she tells the kids when the adult needs to do something that would be unsafe for a child to do.
Overall, this cookbook is cute way to get your early elementary aged child interested in cooking...and a great way to introduce the concept of changing recipes to make them healthier.
Author of Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family (Fork and Spoon Field Guides) (Fork and Spoon Field Guides)
Paula's cookbook has some nice original recipes in her book, including pumpkin muffins, chicken pot pie, sausage quiche, stone soup, stuffed shells, ambrosia salad, egg salad, beef teriyaki kabobs with grilled pineapple, and campfire stew. All the recipes have pictures (drawn, not actual photos) of the ingredients that you use to make the recipe, and the ingredient list is very easy to follow. The "what you'll do section" that describes what you need to do to make the recipe is a little more complex. Very young chefs will not be able to read the directions themselves, and there are no graphic illustrations for them to visually follow--a drawback to me about this book. Many of the recipes require a lot of help from adults including chopping, slicing and dicing, frying, and boiling, so I don't think a child under the age of 5 would have a lot of involvement in many of the recipes. (This is more from a safety standpoint of using knives and hot grease and boiling water than anything else.) The recipes range from very easy (cookies on a stick--2 ingredients needed) to somewhat complex (Spinach salad with homemade dressing or vanilla cupcakes from scratch that include a whopping 14 ingredients for the cupcakes and icing).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in wonderful condition... great for any child or newbie to cooking!Published 1 month ago by Sunny South
Paula Deen, the Lady Dean of Southern Cooking, passes on the tradition to young one!!!Published 1 month ago by Samuel J. Cobb
My 6 year old is just getting interested in cooking so we purchased this cookbook for her. She's loves it and we use it frequently!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer McGahey
This is a great cookbook for children. Along with my two nieces, we had a blast using these one week-end while I baby sat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by laurelite
My kids love this one... The french toast recipe is awesome!Published 10 months ago by retailtherapy25