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20 Recipes Kids Should Know Hardcover – April 2, 2019
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"New York City–based sisters Esme, an aspiring chef in middle school, and Calista, a high school graduate and photographer, team up for a collection of accessible recipes that include breakfast pancakes, apple pie, and hummus. Calista’s bright photographs accompany the recipes, each of which is warmly described by Esme, who also provides personal reflections and tips...Washburn advocates for additions or substitutions (her recipe for roasted vegetables suggests broccoli, asparagus, carrots, or brussels sprouts), enabling readers to develop a sense for the joy of kitchen improvisation." –Publisher's Weekly
“For a little inspiration, show [your children] the recently-published 20 Recipes Kids Should Know — an easy, how-to cookbook written by a 12-year old (the photos were taken by her high-school-age sister). If a 12-year-old can write a fantastic cookbook, your 10-year old can follow it.” –Harvard Business Review
The first thing to say about this gorgeous book is that it is written by a 12-year-old and the photographs were taken by a 17-year-old. It aims to really teach young people how to cook, rather than just being a collection of recipes... The 20 recipes included are a thoughtful edit of useful and delicious staples. We must admit to finding the Dijon dressing completely sublime and making it on our own without any children there at all! —Martha Alexander, The Independent
“20 Recipes Kids Should Know by 12-year-old Esme Washburn and 17-year-old Calista Washburn is an inspired way to encourage my kids to get in the kitchen and get cooking — even without me...The Washburn sisters offer 20 simple recipes that build confidence and teach practical dishes perfect for the day-to-day." –The Daily Herald
“…an excellent starter cookbook for budding young chefs, highly recommended for gift-giving as well as school and public library children's collections.” –Midwest Book Review
"The Washburn sisters, Esme and Calista, have put together a fantastic and engaging book that will inform and inspire. Esme has included an awesome variety of accessible recipes, from dinner staples to desserts and more, and she presents them in a way that isn’t daunting or overwhelming. Her detailed instructions and tips make each recipe easy to follow and will give kids the cooking confidence they need. Calista’s bright, clear photos perfectly capture each recipe. Aesthetically, with its fun, bright colors, and pretty layout, 20 Recipes Kids Should Know is also a feast for the eyes!" –Word Spelunking
"A wonderful starter cookbook for kids is 20 Recipes Kids Should Know." –That Organic Mom
"Esme Washburn's 20 Recipes Kids Should Know may be my new go-to gift for inexperienced home cooks. Personally, I'd change the title of this book to 20 recipes everyone should know, but that's just me." –Beth Fish Reads
"This is a lovely book, surely one you can give to your child or niece or nephew. It will give them a head start on their culinary careers. Or maybe just let them cook for you one night!" –Cooking by the Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Prestel Junior (April 2, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 52 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3791385070
- ISBN-13 : 978-3791385075
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.75 x 0.41 x 11.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #967,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By LBoston on April 25, 2019
By E Carson on March 18, 2020
I can't say enough good about this book. The recipes are for healthy foods cooked from scratch. They range from the very simple grilled cheese and pancakes to the more complicated yeast bread and homemade pasta. The steps in each recipe are straightforward and clear, and the pasta recipe includes step-by-step pictures to go with the directions. Anyone who works their way through this cookbook will have a repertoire of recipes that will stand them in good stead to feed themselves and company as well.
The recipes feature common ingredients with substitutions noted for anything that's a little more unusual. The bread recipe includes two alternatives, one for using a stand mixer and another for letting the dough rise overnight in the refrigerator, so that schedules and equipment won't limit cooks in accomplishing their task. The introduction includes general information for the novice cook from measurement substitutions to a glossary of cooking techniques.
The pictures in this book are likely to make you hungry, they're beautifully styled and put together in a way that gives you a great sense of the goal for each recipe. That's quite an accomplishment for a teen photographer, Calista Washburn, Esme's older sister.
All-in-all I would recommend this book as one of your first summer purchases. What a great way to learn to cook!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
T likes to help out in the kitchen and I'm looking for ways to include him more. When the opportunity arose to review this cookbook, I was quite pleased. A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Mom and Son's Review
We haven't tried anywhere near all of the recipes, but what I've found is that the simplicity of everything is working well for us. There are a handful of recipes in each category (breakfast, main dishes, etc.); T recognizes the food in almost every picture, making selection easy. The ingredients we either have on-hand or can find at a regular grocery store. The steps are relatively few; T loves counting the steps (great numbers practice!) and confirming that we can indeed do them. Geared toward kids, this is an attractive and straightforward introduction to a few recipes.
T elected to bake the chocolate chip cookies first because "I love dessert!" and because we had all the ingredients. He was much more involved in baking than usual. Having a kids' cookbook put me in the mindset of him baking, as opposed to him helping me. We read the steps together before starting; he demonstrated how he would whisk and told me that he could do the steps, but that "we should make it together." The steps were quite manageable, but our cookies looked unlike Esme's. "Great, but a little bit thin," said T. My takeaway is that the food is fine, but the baking process is frustration-free and the experience is something special indeed. I do have a minor criticism – the fraction measurements were printed a bit small.
Next, T is super excited about the mac and cheese because "they look like tires!" After that, perhaps pancakes, bread, or hummus; T picked out those pictures as ones that look "yummy."
Front and back matter introduce basic cooking/baking terms and safety precautions. Short biographies of the author and photographer are included. They are sisters (ages 12 and 17, respectively).
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