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Cooking with Children: 15 Lessons for Children, Age 7 and Up, Who Really Want to Learn to Cook Hardcover – October 24, 1995

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Marion Cunningham is probably best known for her work on the Fannie Farmer books, but in Cooking with Children she shares her culinary prowess with the next generation of cooks, teaching both children and parents the basic skills everyone should have in the kitchen. Intended for children age seven and older, Cunningham's book is designed partly to instruct and partly to provide an opportunity for parents and children to share in preparing and eating meals--an element of family life that is quickly vanishing in this age of busy schedules and microwave meals consumed on the run. Cunningham bases Cooking with Children on her experiences teaching youngsters both privately and in community center programs. What she learned about a child's capabilities, likes, and dislikes has been distilled into 15 basic lessons, all centered around a particular recipe.

The first chapter, for example, entitled "Vegetable Soup," teaches how to peel and chop vegetables, how to sauté, how to be organized in the kitchen, and the difference between boiling and simmering. Chapter 6, "Pancakes and Popovers," teaches how to mix a batter, test the heat of a skillet, grease baking cups, and more. The instructions for each recipe are clear, detailed, and easy to follow. Though Cunningham assumes parents will supervise in the kitchen, she's also made sure the recipes are easy enough for older children to follow on their own. Cooking with Children is a terrific introduction to the culinary arts for kids--and makes a pretty nice refresher course for adults as well.

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On the basis of her own experience teaching young children to cook, Marion Cunningham, the Fannie Farmer of today, shows boys and girls how to master essential techniques and to produce, all on their own, 35 favorite recipes, from vegetable soup to a birthday cake. in color.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (October 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679422978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679422976
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I looked through many children's cookbooks, this is the only one that gives you a curriculum on where to start. Giving you basic recipes Children will need for their entire life. Having 4 Children of ages between 8-10, we found the recipes very clear, simple to make, and to the taste buds of young people. After one week of classes, the children had developed good habits and had a good understanding of basic cookery.
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I first bought this book 10 years ago and still we are using it's recipes. I've read a lot of Children's cookbooks and this one is the best. All recipes are small enough that you could have 4 children in your kitchen all making the same complete recipe. Each recipe is simple and easy to make and they taste great, making it a great confidence booster. It' a wonderful teaching curriculum for those of you that want to teach a class or your own children. I even recommend this book to adults that need a little confidence boosting in their cooking skills(many of which were never taught properly). I've bought many copies for gifts for different age groups. I have taught cooking classes to children and adults alike, catered, and am now a food and beverage consultant to 4 restaurants, bakery and catering service.
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I bought this and 'look and cook' at the same time. This one is the one I am using. I love it's step by step instructions and it's little hints "A bowl of soapy water is your best friend... put your utensils in it and clean up will be easier" and the added instructions on HOW to cut things (to the point of 'hold the onion this way, then...') which makes it much easier even for me, as inept as I am, to teach my kids to make good dishes. My kids are not adventurous eaters by ANY MEANS. But we made the first recipe (Vegetable soup) and they enjoyed fishing crackers out of it and dipping breadsticks in it, though it is safe to say that they enjoyed the making of it (the cutting veggies especially) more than the actual eating. The next one is how to make salad and salad dressing which will NOT be a favorite, but we're going to do it anyway while the 'Let's Cook' is fun because it's novel. By the time that wears off, the book will have transitioned into hamburgers and meatloaf, lasagna and such that they will enjoy making AND eating so the new and exciting factor won't be the only thing holding their attention. If you want to teach kids to cook, I highly recommend this book. My oldest boy could probably read/do it himself (he's 8), but it's more fun for us all (3,5, 7,8) to do it together. Other kids 'cook books' that I've seen, included the other mentioned above, are just that... 'cook books' writen for children. This one is more of an instruction manual. So when we finish with this one, perhaps the others will have more appeal. Well worth the 'used' price I paid... probably worth the 'new' price as well. Highly recommended.
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My son has always loved to cook and make his own concoctions (pickles, yoghurt and raw red peppers for a snack!). This is a great book to use with kids. Other suggestions are CLUELESS IN THE KITCHEN, great for teens. And for a fun look at Fannnie Farmer, who was so influential in American cooking, try FANNIE IN THE KITCHEN, a charming picture book about a young girl who learns to cook with Fannie Farmer. Delicious illustrations!
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Your kids won't just be playing in the kitchen making faces out of fruit and cookies, they'll really be learning how to cook with this book. They'll be making real food, that you'd actually want them to eat, and that you would like to eat too. Definitely follow the age recommendations, it jumps right in with knife work and using the stove. Highest rating possible from my family.
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An added bonus to this book is Marion Cunningham's great recipes. Although the children are grown, we all still turn to her pancake recipe and baking powder biscuits. And to the reviewer who literally judged this book by its cover, the line drawings are more multi-cultural, and, quite frankly, it is always better to judge a cookbook by its recipes than its cover art.
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My boys are 7 and almost 10, and I'm ready for them to learn basic cooking skills. I bought this book and was not disappointed. So far we've made the vegetable soup and scones. The boys are delighted with the recipes and find the instructions easy to follow. I like the way the book is arranged, and love the fact that it's age appropriate without being condescending. My boys are already feeling more confident in the kitchen, which means I worry less and I suspect they'll also become a bit more open minded about new things if they are the ones cooking.
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My 11 and 8yr olds love reading through this. My 11 yr old made soup using this book. THere is a lot of good cooking instruction, like how to peel, cut, mix, etc. Each recipe may have several pages of instructions. I only gave it four because there weren't many recipes.
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