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Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! Spiral-bound – September 5, 2017
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“This colorful baking guide offers detailed illustrated directions to help kids make a wide range of baked goods, including muffins, breads, cookies, scones, biscuits, pies, cakes, and cupcakes. Color photos accompany each step of every recipe, as well as several pages of baking basics that introduce common cooking terms, safety tips, and tools. The recipes are rated with one, two, or three rolling pins to indicate their level of difficulty. Along with the 50 recipes, the book features sidebars and extra pages of cooking tips and variations. For example, the recipe for “Silly Sticks” includes a sidebar that describes five other easy ways to use puff pastry, and the “Sweet and Simple Sugar Cookie” recipe is followed by four pages of decorating ideas and tips. While most of the recipes require the use of an oven, a few, such as “A Toast to You,” can be made in a toaster oven, or in the case of the flour-free “Cocoa Cake in a Mug,” even the microwave. The book also includes a table of contents and an index for handy reference. VERDICT This attractive and well-organized baking guide for kids will make a nice addition to most nonfiction collections, and a good gift for young baking enthusiasts.” — School Library Journal
“Highly visual, photographing each step along the way to creating crispy cheese squares and “dig in the dirt” pie (chocolate ice cream topped with cookie crumbs, painted candy ladybugs, and gummy worms, and frozen overnight).” — Publishers Weekly
“Crammed full of joy and fun, this cookbook teaches kids baking fundamentals while they whip up their favorite treats. The only way this book could be better is if it did the cleanup, too!” — Stacie Billis, author of One Hungry Mama and Make It Easy
“Here’s a book for kids to sink their teeth into! They’ll build confidence in the kitchen while turning out wholesome and delicious baked goods.” — Jenna Helwig, food editor at Parents magazine and author of Smoothie-licious
From the Back Cover
Learn to make your favorite baked goods for every meal of the day – and plenty of great snacks, too.
Bonus features include cookie-cutting templates & decorative stencils, gift tags and labels, toothpick flags & cupcake toppers, bake sale price cards, and lots of fun stickers!
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So, I was really excited a few years ago when I came across Cooking Class by Deanna Cook. This cookbook had just what I was looking for--great photos, directions, kitchen rules, and recipes that kids would want to cook! It even had fun stickers and recipe cards at the back of the cookbook.
This year Storey Books published another great cookbook for kids by Deanna Cook, this book--Baking Class. I absolutely love this cookbook! From beginning to end, I know it is going to make kids want to cook and parents smile.
The first section of the cookbook covers vocabulary, cooking equipment and ingredients, cooking safety, and measuring (which is very important in baking!). This section is done so well. I was impressed. I know that many cookbooks try to save money with the printing by using drawn pictures for these sections, but photos are so much more effective in conveying what the ingredients look like and what the vocabulary of baking means.
From there, the cookbook is divided into recipe sections that cover breakfast, quick snacks, and desserts. The recipes range from super easy, to medium, to a little more difficult. I loved the breakfast recipes and compared them to recipes I currently use. The scone recipe is very similar, although I omit the salt because I use salted butter. I would caution one direction on the scone recipe in particular--kids are directed to use a pizza wheel or a knife to cut the scones and I would pass on the pizza wheel. Kids tend to press hard on things and they could easily mar the cookie sheet. A butter knife would be a better choice. Other than that, I loved the other recipes for breakfast and I know many of them will likely become new additions to my children's breakfast repertoire.
Moving on to the other sections a couple of things stood out to me. First, the recipes generally did not use a stand mixer. They either used a pastry blender and spoon or a hand mixer. Both are easier for kids to control. Second, there were fun pictures that grabbed my attention like the Monkey bread on the Monkey Munch Banana Bread page. I know that this is probably the very first thing that my children are going to make from this cookbook since monkeys are the favorite animal of my family.
Also, I am also looking forward to my children making bread. The pictures explaining to kids how to kneed are great illustrations and make sense. I can't wait for them to try!
Frankly, I've looked at a lot of cookbooks and I think adults are going to love this as much as their kids. The pictures on the buttercream frosting page are going to be super duper helpful! Frosting can be tricky and the directions and pictures will help children be much more successful in their attempts at frosting.
The pictures will make kids smile and want to spend time in the kitchen. But, the recipes and directions will make mom, dad, and grandparents smile! I think it would be best for kids ages 6 and up, but younger kids could easily participate in making the recipes--they just wouldn't be able to read the directions and do some what is required on their own.
Is there anything I don't like about this cookbook for kids? I have just a few minor tweaks. Nothing major. I prefer Snickerdoodles that have cream of tartar--the recipe here is a plain cinnamon sugar cookie. And I wouldn't refrigerate pie dough quite so long before working with it--it can get very tough to work with. But, other than those few minor things, it's great!
If you're looking for a fun Christmas gift for a kid you know who loves to cook or is interested in cooking, I highly recommend checking out this cookbook! It's one of the best around!
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook for review from Storey books, but these opinions are entirely my own and I love this book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
With super easy to follow instructions, BAKING CLASS is the perfect book to help children learn more about baking, and the abilities they have inside them to make fun, and delicious treats of all levels of complexity.
The pages are colorful, with wonderful photos of the equipment kids will be using, children busily creating, the finished food product, and so much more.
BAKING CLASS has 50 easy recipes for yummies among which are, Carrot Applesauce Bites, Fancy French Breakfast Treats, Crunchy Tortilla Chips & Nachos, Corny Corn Bread, Mix & Match Bread Art, Coconut Macaroons, Farmer’s Market Tarts, One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, and so much more, children and adults alike will want to spend more time in the kitchen making amazing food, and happy memories.
This is an extremely cute little book which I think would be great for small children wanting to get into baking--especially if they've been watching cooking shows for years (like my nephew) and wanting to dip their toes in the water. The graphics are colorful and helpful, and the steps are easy to follow. I love how all the helpers in the book are kids (with a good variety in racial representation!) because it really emphasizes that yes, kids CAN do these recipes and so can the kids reading along at home.
The selection of recipes here is not the widest or most diverse. The bread section is loaf bread, banana bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza dough, etc; the cookie section is chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar cut-out, snickerdoodles, etc. I do feel like a follow-up book could branch out just a wee bit into some more multi-cultural directions than just what would've been incredibly safe and familiar to me as a white American kid. I don't think this is a point of criticism for the book, just something I wanted to note for potential buyers.
This is definitely a book for KIDS, though. Some baking 101 books are accessible for adults, but this one is geared strongly for the under-12 age crowd. As a birthday or holiday present for a kid wanting to get into baking, though, I think this would hit the spot. Helpful, colorful, cheerful, and creative within the confines of the "safe" recipes served up on the page.
NOTE: This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through NetGalley.
~ Ana Mardoll