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Kids Cook 1-2-3 Hardcover – October 3, 2006

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Grade 3–6—This very basic cookbook offers 125 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, healthy snacks, side dishes, and desserts. The recipes are clearly presented, and are broken into easy-to-follow steps. From "Ketchup-Cola Chicken" to "Burger-on-a-Stick," most of the dishes will appeal to children. Cleanliness, food-expiration dates, and personal safety are introduced in "Kitchen Basics." Recipe variations, testimonials by children, and safety tips are scattered throughout. The dishes are indexed by ingredient, type of meal, or title of recipe. The stylized pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork gives the book a slightly sophisticated feel and the lack of photos of the finished dishes limits the appeal for younger children. Nonetheless, this well-organized, clever, and creative guide is perfect for readers who are eager to cook and who want immediate success.—Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA
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Gold continues the simplicity-celebrating concept she employs in her adult cookbooks, such as Recipes 1-2-3 (1996), in this title for kids. Each recipe uses only three ingredients, and the resulting dishes, arranged into chapters such as "Morning Food" and "Quick and Healthy Snacks," are an elusive combination of sophisticated, healthy, and kid-friendly. Gold has an empowering confidence in young chefs' abilities ("Every kid should know how to roast a chicken"), but many kids will still need adult guidance. The design, featuring small fonts and stylish drawings, including pictures of the dishes, may attract teens as well as younger kids. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First US Edition, 4th printing edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582347352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582347356
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Since I have and love Rozanne Gold's entire Cooking 1-2-3 series, so I got Kids Cook to keep my series complete. Let me say, this is a wonderful cookbook for kids or adults. The book does not condescend to aspiring young cooks, but offers lots of useful start up directions, and 1-2-3 simple recipes. For more experienced cooks, there are more easy to use, but flavors to think about recipes. I can't wait to try all of them.
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From my early years, I cooked a lot. Starting in fifth grade, I had a budget and full responsibility for our family of five's dinner every Wednesday, from shopping to cleanup. Mostly I used the Fannie Farmer cookbook.

Realizing many contemporary young people lack such background and are unaccustomed to food preparation, I think this book's idea of good recipes that appear unintimidating is excellent. The appearance however is deceptive, the execution, inadequate.

A book intended for children needs to be written and edited so children themselves can absorb its information at their level of experience. Rozanne Gold's book offers a selection of delicious, real foods children will enjoy and enjoy sharing, but not the care required to impart necessary directions

Making this cookbook actually work for children wouldn't take a whole lot of effort. As it is, it guides adults who want to cook with children more effectively than it meets the needs of children themselves.

Although illustrated, it's sophisticated style may appeal to the rare child, but not to children in general, and the small type is neither inviting, nor, particularly on the orange and fruit smoothie blue background pages, easy to read. Swapping some of the generous empty space for larger print would help. But beyond visual appearance, the information itself needs to be redone with children in mind. Seriously.

Besides the fact that many children fail to read introductions at all, this book's introduction, containing the main part of its minimal safety precautions and disclaimers, takes way too much for granted.
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Format: Hardcover
There are other simpler books on kids' cooking on the market, but this may be the first comprehensive beginning child's cookbook, offering not the usual sampler but over a hundred easily-followed, kid-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beyond. Instructions teach about the value of fresh ingredients as they follow all the basics, from sandwiches to homemade soups and even an easy chocolate mousse cake. No color photos, but the drawings by Sara Pinto are fun embellishments.
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By elka78 on April 16, 2010
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I found Oleanna's review the most thorough and helpful. My 3rd grader brought this book from the school library, and I was hooked. For the dinner that night I made 4 recipes from the book. The recipes themselves are very good and I liked the small number of ingredients, yet great variety of the ingredients, highlighting tastes of each. However, this book is definitely not for a novice cook, nor for a child to perform on their own.
After saying the above, I would be quite happy to add this book to our cookbook library, just so that *I* can whip up a few dishes for dinner :)
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I was looking for a very simple cookbook that a "kid" could use. This is not it. When I looked inside to see if I wanted to buy the book, the receipe that came up was a very simple one (Tomato Melt). Yes, I thought, that's what I'm looking for. I was not prepared for recipes calling for pork tenderloin or Gruyere cheese or a 4 lb chicken. Nor was I expecting instructions involving lots of boiling, using food processors, chopping, etc. If you are buying this for a tween+ or a kid who is a child prodigy in the kitchen, then enjoy. Otherwise, I do not recommend this was a kid just learning to cook.
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This book is great on many levels: The recipes all taste GOOD--I make these dishes for my family (even without a child's help!) and am grateful for their simplicity, especially at the end of a long day. Kids aged 9 and up can really do these by themselves. The selections are nutritious and use the best ingredients. The book isn't full of silly gimmicks to make the food look cute or to hide the vegetables. I like it so much that I have bought it as a gift for others. I like the author's other 1-2-3 books, but this is by far her best. Go for it!
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My granddaughter borrowed this book from the library and liked it so well she asked for a copy of her own. I liked it because it takes cooking seriously, but presents the material on a level appropriate for grade school kids.
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I get the impressions from other reviews that people thought that a child could use the cookbook to make recipes with very little adult guidance. Unless the meal consists of toast or a bowl of cereal, I think there is little else out there for kids to make without supervision or guidance. Children don't understand the alchemy and science of cooking. This cookbook is an excellent introduction to the subtle nuances of actually preparing something delicious from something simple and wholesome. I've been looking for a cookbook like this for years, so that I can teach my children how simple, healthful, inexpensive ingredients can be transformed into something delicious. This book imparts the "keep it simple stupid" wisdom that is the building block for becoming a very good cook. This book helps teach the basics, yet introduces the beginning cook (child or adult!) to simple yet innovative techniques and ingredients - an education that will someday lead to the ability to make something delicious from seemingly nothing.
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