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- Print Length: 29 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GYCNRI0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,816 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Christmas Treats Kids CAN Make: a children's cookbook of holiday cookies and more! Kindle Edition
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I would rate it 5 stars if the sloppy formatting was cleaned up.
Perhaps the author assumes parents would be alert enough to warn their kids against working in the kitchen on their own, but as they say, 'assumption is the mother of all screw-ups,' except the word used isn't usually "screw-up." We particularly wonder about those readers who've loaded this book on their kids' Kindles; hopefully adult supervision in the kitchen is a given in their households, but it may not be in all households.
These recipes include use of the stove and the microwave to heat ingredients and involve actions such as: pouring a pot of "bubbling HOT" mixture of cooking oil, honey, and brown sugar into dry ingredients (Christmas Morning Granola;) heating chocolate to melting temperature and then working with it (Yule Logs and Peace Doves' Nests, and several other recipes) etc. Very hot and perhaps heavy pots have to be moved off the stove, carried, and carefully poured from. We grownups struggle with this ourselves at times.
Some recipes also require scissors and/or sharp knife work, including "cut[ting] a little, upside-down "V" out of each carrot slice," and "cut[ting] a little slit into each olive," (Appetizer Penguins, others;) operations that frankly an adult might have difficulty with. Ever had to cut a small olive with a sharp knife?? It's a procedure even an adept adult can have problems with - olives are oily, the knife tends to slip, with occasional bloody, painful results. Go on, try it yourself, you don't need to take our word for it. We wouldn't let our kids cut little slits into olives. Cute as the recipe is, we're not sure we'd do it ourselves.
We could carry on discussing the problems with offering this book's recipes as ones "Kids CAN Make," or calling it specifically "a children's cookbook" as noted on the cover, but we think by now you readers who are parents have the idea, if you didn't have it already. Sadly, this book just isn't well thought out regarding kitchen safety for children. And some of the recipes, like the Appetizer Penguins with the required knife work, just aren't suitable for youngsters in any case. To hand this book to a child and let them start working without supervision as the book seems to imply, other than perhaps an older, trustworthy teen with a LOT of kitchen experience, would be foolhardy - we just can't say this STRONGLY enough.
Originally we were going to title our review "Recipes Not Just for Christmas," as we've enjoyed using the book so far and have had good results with the few recipes we made (yes, with ADULT supervision...) With Easter holidays just around the bend, we were checking this book and wondering if any of the recipes we liked could be adapted (even maybe just renamed) for spring holidays. We and our girls loved the recipes we did make, we had a lot of fun with it, and the girls were full of ideas for Easter themes (involving perhaps even more sugar than the adults wished to contemplate...)
Our point is, this book did get our kids excited and interested in the kitchen and in cooking, and that is no small thing. Making little penguins, angels, and snowflakes out of food may not be haute cuisine, but it was fun and it taught our girls a few things about ingredients and processes, and, even better, got them thinking about different ways to change up the recipes to make them different, fun, or just to suit their tastes. The only other food ideas our kids have been this taken with were our ideas for Create Your Own Pizza Night and Hamburger Buffet Night.
So we'll end this by saying this can be worthwhile book, but parents must, must, MUST be involved, and that is not mentioned even once in our copy of this book (purchased in December, 2013.) Instead, the book seems to imply kids can read it and just get started. Again, perhaps the author assumed adult supervision as a given, but with so many households having working parents gone most of the day, and so often with good kids who do want to help out in the kitchen, we think offering this book to your children without prohibitions and a serious talk about the dangers of a kitchen can be a real mistake.
Unless and until this oversight is fully remedied, we sadly CANNOT RECOMMEND this book.