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Only for a small age group
on June 24, 2014
I can see where this book is good for 5-6 year olds, but beyond that age you need a better cookbook. I have three girls, ages 6, 8, and 10, who love to cook, and as each pass through the age group of this book, i I keep hoping they'll like it, but they prefer other cookbooks. I recommend the Williams Sonoma Kids Scrumptious cookbook below, if you have a good reader then it is great for 7&up in my opinion (it lists the ages as 9-13).
If you want to buy this for a preschooler/non-reader, then I'm not sure it's worth it. We have only tried one recipe, the hide and seek muffins, and they were good. If your kid can't read and you're cooking with them, you really could cook from any recipe, you don't need a book just for them. The pictures are nice and that's a help, but as soon as they're decent readers, they're going to need a better cookbook. Even at a used book price I feel like I wasted money on this. A lot of this cookbook is for the adults to read. The muffins, for example, has the adult pre-mix the dry ingredients. That, in my opinion, takes one of the best and easiest-to-maneuver parts of baking away from the kids. The kid picture instructions assumes the dry ingredients are measured and mixed and goes from there.
We've tried several other cookbooks, our favorite by far is: Kids Cooking: Scrumptious Recipes for Cooks Ages 9 to 13 (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library).