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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–With an emphasis on fresh, healthy, and made-from-scratch dishes, this title offers up a wide array of recipes from breakfast to dessert and everything in between, illustrated with fantastic photography. The recipes are all formatted in steps titled “On your mark…Get set…Cook!” The chapter headings are all show-business related–“Star-studded Salads and Dressings,” “Red Carpet Desserts”–but it isn't clear why. Also, several recipes call for other recipes to be made first: the hummus calls for “sesame sauce” that is featured on another page and the mashed potatoes call for roasted garlic butter, which also appears on another page. Most teens don't want a three-page recipe for burgers. Better choices include Rozanne Gold's Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs (Bloomsbury, 2009) and Megan, Jill & Judi Carle's Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat (Ten Speed, 2004).Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
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With its clearly outlined, sophisticated recipes and sumptuous color photos worthy of a coffee-table title, this substantial, well-designed cookbook takes its young audience seriously as it invites them to develop culinary skills. In contrast to some youth cookbooks, there are no condescending attempts to cutesify food on these pages. Locricchio has collected an excellent repertoire of basic dishes that will appeal to a broad teen palette while also reflecting young people’s growing awareness of and comfort with international flavors and healthy choices. A section of breakfast dishes, for example, includes two salsa recipes, an eggless tofu scramble, and “Slow Cakes” made with buckwheat, which, like several other lesser-known ingredients throughout the book, is defined in a succinct, informative sidebar. Also included are comfort-food favorites such as mac and cheese and chicken pot pie; a whole chapter on pizzas; and mouthwatering desserts, including chocolate fondue and ice-cream sandwiches. Safety cautions, equipment suggestions, conversion charts, boxed tips, and a glossary round out this inspiring, contemporary guide, which should be a first suggestion to any aspiring young chef. Grades 7-12. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457152
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Teen Cuisine's Author, Chef Matthew Locricchio, knows a thing or two about cooking. What sets this chef apart from other talented professionals in his field is his knack for imparting this culinary wisdom to children. He is the author of the upcoming Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian (10/16/12) Teen Cuisine, The International Cookbook for Kids, The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids, and Superchef.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Along with being able to read and write, one of the truly life-long skills children can be equipped with is the ability to cook. All to often adolescence is a time of fast-food take-out alternating with microwave fare. What is needed is something to engage teens with the sense of accomplishment that comes from making a meal with their own hands that will be as delicious as it is nutritious. That's where Matthew Locricchio's "Teen Cuisine" comes in. This superbly illustrated 207-page compendium is an instructive collection of 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes of dishes that will appeal to even the most discriminating appetites. From breakfast items like a Fresh Fruit Tostados; to snacks such as a Yogurt and Cucumber Dip; to a variety of 'Celebrity Soups' including New Gazpacho with Chipotle Almond Cream; to salads and dressings such as Chicken Salad with Green Goddess Dressing; to sandwiches and burgers where 'Not-an-Ordinary Grilled Cheese Sandwich' truly lives up to its name!; to pizzas, side dishes, entrees, and desserts, "Teen Cuisine" offers something for every meal time occasion. Enhanced with the inclusion of a list of kitchen pantry essentials, a metric conversion chart, and an illustrated list of kitchen equipment and utensils, "Teen Cuisine" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to family, school, and community library Cookbook collections.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By martha k on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My teenager niece and nephew love Chef Locricchio's books. This latest, Teen Cuisine, is great. The recipes are unique, easy to follow, and delicious. As an adult and avid cook myself, I really like the chef's tips included in his work. He is so generous in sharing the history, general information, and his complete knowledge of specific ingredients and special techniques. And this cookbook is fun. The photographs are stunning. The recipes are inspiring. My teenagers love the cooking process and the final products. Each and every one of the recipes we have cooked together from this book are smashing successes. Matthew Locricchio is a very talented chef and great communicator. If anyone is searching for a positive, rewarding, and yummy way to be more involved with teenagers this cookbook(especially the ease of instruction and the ease in buying needed ingredients), this is the cookbook to use. Absolutely one of my family favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KESH on May 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We gave this gift to our son for his 13th birthday, and now he loves being responsible for one meal each week. He picks recipes, makes a grocery list, and creates the meal all on his own. And he loves it. This is a great book for him because all of the recipes are things he likes, and he learning how to cook his favorite things.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karielle @ Books à la Mode on May 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From the Back Cover: Renowned chef Matthew Locricchio's Teen Cuisine is a one-of-a-kind cookbook that introduces adolescents to more than 50 mouthwatering recipes. For beginning cooks and seasoned chefs, its step-by-step instructions feature fresh, nutritious ingredients and show-stopping dishes made from scratch.

What Stephanie Thought: When it comes to food, most of my experiences go like this:
Somebody: Hey Stephanie, you like to eat, right? Are you good at cooking?
Me: No, no. I can't be good in every room of the house!
But seriously. Considering I'm the kind of person who could burn a caesar salad, most people would not come to me first (or at all) for food catering needs. Which is why when I saw this cookbook that clearly states it is for neophytes, I knew it was perfect for me.

Many of the recipes featured in Teen Cuisine are indeed a very innovative way to get kids to enjoy their time in the kitchen. The four recipes I tried out (California-style pizza, Alabama Festival Shrimp, Po-Boy Sandwich, and Slow Cakes) ended up fantastic: easy-to-follow, orderly, and most importantly, tasty.

I wish the recipe instructions would have had more pictures. For a beginner's cookbook, this one isn't as effortless as it leads on to. I would have loved progressive images to keep track of where I was while cooking, sort of like in origami or other craft books.

Also, easy cooking does not necessarily mean healthy cooking. Though a lot of the recipes call for "whole-grain" and "fresh" ingredients, it is evident by the foods themselves, such as the Max Mac and Cheese and Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza, that these are not exactly heart-healthy selections. I'll admit I'm sort of a nut about these kinds of things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wifey on January 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because of its great cover. As soon as I opened it I found so many great recipes that I could easily see my teenage son and/or his friends making. I bought the book and showed them several recipes, all of which they were motivated to make and felt would be no problem at all. As a matter of fact, they were excited about making some of these recipes.

Tonight my son did the incredibly easy and very tasty, "Max Mac and Cheese" for our family dinner. We do weekly family dinners with our extended family and everyone loved! the Mac and Cheese!! He did a wonderful job with the recipe and it was so easy for him. He didn't seem overwhelmed AND the meal was great!!! He was so proud of what he did for the family and felt so good about his contribution to the family dinner.

Cooking can be daunting and intimidating but the recipes in "Teen Cuisine" make the whole process 'doable' and actually enjoyable because of how they are laid out.

Because of tonight's success, my son has already picked out several other recipe's to try.
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