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The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes Hardcover – November 16, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; US ed edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714857564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714857565
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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The Silver Spoon is a 50-plus-year-old, thousand-page international best-seller that has been called the Italian Joy of Cooking. In this beautifully produced children’s version, food writer Grant has greatly reduced the original into an attractive, informative delight. Refreshingly free from overly cutesy language and images (no cloying puns; no meals shaped into animals), this is a title aimed at kids with a serious interest in food, and in this age of Food Network popularity, when grade-schoolers have won James Beard awards, that’s a growing audience. The recipes, drawn straight from the original, have been broken out into clearly explained steps, each illustrated with Russell’s whimsical drawings on uncluttered pages that include color photos of the finished dishes, which are divided into basic categories, from lunches and snacks to desserts. The focus is on Italian food, of course, but the helpful tips on basic safety and techniques, such as chopping an onion, make this a universal introduction to the kitchen that may also attract grown-ups seeking a less muscle-straining edition of the adult tome. Grades 4-8. --Gillian Engberg

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"Colorful, cleverly illustrated." – The New York Times Magazine

"The Silver Spoon for Children serves up 40 authentic, healthy recipes. . . The book’s whimsical illustrations are easy to follow." – Parents Magazine

"If you’re lucky, you were born with a silver spoon – the book that is. This class Italian cookbook has just been published in a kids’ version, which we think is adorable. . . You’ll enjoy the illustrations and cute recipe instructions." – Relish


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My grand daughter loves it!
Jeffrey B. Cunningham
This book has some very good instructions for the safe use of cooking tools and is not babyish at all.
Margeo
The recipes are ones children would be interested in eating and proud to make.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2009
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My kids just got this book for xmas. They are 13 and 10. Last night they made rigatoni with meatballs and the fruit ice cream. They were able to read the recipes easily and understand the directions. Basically they made both things by themselves and they turned out great! Dinner was a success!! They seemed to really like the cookbook and want to make something else out of it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Murphy on January 8, 2010
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I have quite a few cookbooks for kids including several of the Paula Dean and Williams-Sonoma books. I also own the original "Silver Spoon" cookbook for adults. Saw this kids verson on Amazon and decided to order it for my 10 year old who loves trying new recipes. I was very impressed with the size and quality of the book. Nice thick cover, larger size, beautiful colors. The directions are well-written and understandable for children and include illustrated drawings as well as a photo of the finished dish. A great kids companion to the "grown-up" version. My daughter loves it. Such a great book for the price and would make a wonderful gift for a child. I will be purchasing another soon for my niece!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 17, 2010
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This is a fantastic cookbook for those of us that have children who are interested in cooking; it definitely does not write `down' to them. The recipes are ones children would be interested in eating and proud to make. The book is large and shows illustrations for each step and even better, a photograph of the finished recipe so that they will know what the finished creation should look like.
The book is large 11"x 10" so it is easy to read and lays well on a counter or a cookbook stand.

It contains lunches and snacks, pasta and pizza, main course and desserts and baking. There are sections showing cooking techniques and safety tips. There is no index, but that does not really seem to be a problem.
The recipes are good, what child wouldn't be proud to make risotto, or even know how to make fresh pasta. The age level is listed at 9-10 and depending on expertise would even be a book for those that are older and just learning how to cook. Just really a grand idea and resulting cookbook for young future chefs.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Penhoet on January 5, 2010
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Initially, I thought this book was a selection of Silver Spoon recipes that small children will like, but when I received it, I realized that it's actually designed and written for older children to cook for themselves....still a great idea, just not what I thought I was getting. I kept it and like the recipes and will give it to my children when they are older.

Good luck and good cooking!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margeo on November 14, 2013
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I got this for my 9 year old grandson for Christmas. He has been taking cooking lessons in a local restaurant by the kind Chef who owns the restaurant. He just loves the classes and has learned how to use a knife and has tried some of the restaurant's favorite recipes. This book has some very good instructions for the safe use of cooking tools and is not babyish at all. So if you know a child who is serious about cooking this is a great beginning cookbook. The recipe for the minestrone soup looks delicious and I plan to try it myself. He has always helped in the kitchen and now he can make some of his own choices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane on February 15, 2013
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My Italian-American husband Guido used the Silver Spoon for Children to make Risotto for dinner with his grandchildren. Using the maps, the drawings, and the recipe, the cooking event became a history lesson and developed into many stories about the family, vacations, and future trips planned. This is a very special book - I wish all cook books could be as revealing and loving of the country of origin as this. And the special note, Guido's son gave us the Silver Spoon for Christmas when it first became available in the US. I prefer the child's edition - it is perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer M. on June 7, 2012
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This book is the perfect cook book for a young aspiring chef. My son just learned to read and he hasn't put it down yet. We can't wait to start making all of the recipes together.

Great item.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JFR on December 29, 2010
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I bought this book as a gift for a friend's daughter who loves to cook - We have tasted and enjoyed quite a few recipes - As a matter of fact for Christmas, she received some cooking tools and remarked that she could use them for the recipes in the Silver Spoon
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