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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085847
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Sisters Megan and Jill Carle love to cook, both from recipes and experimenting with what's on hand. When they eat something they love in a restaurant, they try to re-create it at home. If they find a complicated recipe, they fearlessly "take shortcuts that would probably give a chef hives." The result of their culinary passion is this appealing mix of 85 diverse recipes ranging from comfort food to sushi. The six sections include traditional American cuisine, as well as recipes for German, Chinese, and Mexican dishes. Basic cooking instruction is incorporated into the recipes themselves as well as in the sidebars sprinkled liberally throughout. The gently wry introductions for each recipe offer keen glimpses into the siblings' personalities and relationship, adding to the intimacy and warmth of this cookbook. Megan, a vegetarian, offers advice on adapting many of the recipes to her diet. "Kitchen Disasters" offer amusing accounts of mistakes made by the Carles or their relatives, complete with explanations of exactly why things went awry. The clear instructions and striking, full-color photos will equip teen chefs to undertake their own adventures, but the reliance on butter, cream, mayonnaise, cheese, and other high-fat ingredients is a drawback for those seeking a healthy diet. Evelyn Raab's Clueless in the Kitchen (Firefly, 1998) is a far more extensive collection of recipes that also includes more basic information about equipment, shopping, and food preparation.–Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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About the Author

MEGAN CARLE and JILL CARLE are both graduate students at Arizona State University. They published their first cookbook, TEENS COOK, while Jill was still in high school, and followed up with TEENS COOK DESSERT and COLLEGE COOKING.


MEGAN CARLE and JILL CARLE are both graduate students at Arizona State University. They published their first cookbook, TEENS COOK, while Jill was still in high school, and followed up with TEENS COOK DESSERT and COLLEGE COOKING.
JUDI CARLE has served as chef/author, project coordinator, and general editor on more than 20 cookbooks, including the best-selling Charlie Trotter series and, most recently, Shakespeare'¬?s Kitchen. The Carles all live in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Customer Reviews

My 12 yr olds love this book.
Jessica Wozniak
The recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to find in small town grocery stores, and the food is things that most people would like to eat.
A. Bennett
Great little cook book for a teen who's starting to want to learn how to cook!
Kasi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Keen on July 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Very well written. Easy to follow recipes with great illustrations. Tasty meals, wide range for all taste buds. The best cookbook by far I have ever used. For teens and anyone alike. Great buy totally recommended.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Beth Powanda on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my 11 year old daughter to help cultivate her growing interest in cooking and to inspire her to broaden her palate and eat healthier. I'd say it has accomplished both objectives. Most of the recipes she can prepare herself with very little help from me so she feels very independent and is enjoying being an active participant in our family meal planning. She is so happy about being in the kitchen and cooking she actually enjoys doing the dishes too!!

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By lp on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Great book for teens who don't know how to make anything and love to eat or teens who think they know how to make it all. The books s just as it's sub-title, "how to cook what you want to eat." It has great recipe alternatives to eating in instead of dining out--and learning something new while you're at it!

Receipes include sections of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts. Most food that you go out to eat, you can find the receipe in here!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By HAPPYMAMA on December 19, 2005
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My 12 year old pre-teenage son (who is already pretty handy in the kitchen) found this at our local library and has been going on and on and on about all the neat recipes and how easy they were for him to understand. He asked if he could start cooking some dinners for our family (using these recipes). I was like, "Uuuggh...Okay, I'll let you. If you promise to clean up." (You can never look anxious to a teen - or it ruins their fun. But inside I was doing a cart wheel - I do not enjoy cooking.) I looked through the book myself. The recipes look yummy and simple and there are all kinds of tips along the way. I like the recipes because all of the ingredients appear to be things that I can pick up at our local market. I'm buying my own copy and will buy more as gifts for teens.
UPDATE: The son I mentioned (above) is now turning seventeen and he and his sister and younger brother still turn to these books (same authors) for dinner and desserts. They are great!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tierra McInelly on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
My daughter checked out this book from our puplic library,she was sooooo excited when she was able to cook the things in the book without much help from me. When she would finish,it would be GREAT!!!!! I will defiantly be purchasing this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carrie McGath on August 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am having a back to school program for my teens at the Library teaching them how to make easy and delicious after-school snacks. This is a great book. Just looking at the flyers I have up, they are psyched that we will be making snacks created (and taste approved) by teens. The recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to find, and the best part is these will be healthier for them than microwavable, perservative-riddled frozen "snacks." I also like that there is a section on breakfast food since many teens tend to skip this very important meal. The cool thing is that a lot of the breakfast recipes (like the scones and even the breakfast casserole) can be made in advance and grabbed when their scurrying out the door.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Wingate on June 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this book! As a college student living in her first apartment, I find these recipes so easy and fun. I even got my roommates to start cooking too. Also, I've found this book is a great move-in gift for my fellow students learning how to live on their own. What better way to help out a college student then helping them forgo pizza everyday?!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Hackmann on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This recipe book gives such a wide assortment of recipes for young people to use almost everyday. The recipes are easy to understand, ingredients are everyday items, and there are plenty of hints and tips to help the novice chef. My niece (high school)and daughter (college) both received copies from me and both are enjoying their cooking experiences from this book. I have even used some of the recipes since they are great for working women who need to put something together quickly and still feel like they are putting on a "home-cooked" meal.
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