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Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual Spiral-bound – August 1, 1987

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Spiral-bound: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz (August 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932592147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932592149
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 16, 2001
My 3-year old daughter received this book as a gift and loves it. So do I! The recipes are simple (you probably have most of the ingredients in the house) and there are pictures of ingredients and measurements so that she can follow along. This is a great rainy day activity book.
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Our daughter, age 5, is entralled with this cookbook and even at her age is capable of doing the majority of the child's part. The cookbook is laid out so that there are children's steps and adult steps and each step is clearly explained. She especially loves having her own set of measuring spoons, color coded for size. Definitely a winner!
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I recieved this book for Christmas in 1989. I was thrilled to discover that I could cook all by myself!
The recipes in this book are simple enough that kids can manage them easily, without feeling like they need assistance through the whole thing. (And when you're a kid, that's important!) It even specifies which parts of the job should be handled by a "grown-up assistant."
What's more, the results are delicious. So good, in fact, that now that I am getting married I still have this cook book in my kitchen, and I still use it on a regular basis when I need a quick, easy meal.
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Both the content and the actual book have stood up to many years of use. My young son enjoys participating in meal selection and preparation. Now if I could convince his mom he's ready to grill outside! The recipes are fun and delicious. This cookbook gives a child fundamentals in measuring and the basic "science" of cooking. Nice durable ring bound book with good illustrations.
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My dad got this book for me when I was seven. I'm now 20 and I still use it, although I lost the measuring spoons long ago. It's a very useful book to help your kids get started learning to cook, as the recipes included are not only tasty but also largely fun to make, and the instructions are easy and clear.

I like to consider myself a gourmand and this was my first cookbook, so that should tell you something! Highly recommended. It's also constructed of wirebound, plasticized pages, which is REALLY helpful in making it last for a long time instead of disintegrating the first time somebody spills an ingredient on it.
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This cookbook is THE BEST of a number of kids' cookbooks I've looked at.
Why?

1. The clear instructions: Each and every recipe includes an illustration showing ALL of the ingredients and tools you'll need to make the recipe -- down to the cup of water, the fork, the zip-loc bag (for crushing cornflakes), the cutting board, and for many recipes, the "grown-up assistant with knife". (Applesauce, for some reason, requires an assistant with a "sharp knife", a more stringent requirement than the other recipes.) No more "oops I don't have that" halfway through the recipe. The instructions are very clear, showing how to do things -- how to use the spatula, how to roll up the dough, how to spoon muffin batter into the muffin tins. The instructions teach. Instead of saying "melt butter" one recipe tells you to melt the butter on low, explaining that butter is easy to burn. A soup recipe advises to add a little bit of water if the soup seems too thick. (Many cookbooks would assume one knows these things.) The book doesn't pander, but it doesn't take much for granted.

2. The Rules: The book starts out with Kitchen Rules. It talks about how the kitchen is a "very special room" and lays out ground rules -- Be careful, be clean, Be ready & Measuring. The discussion on why it is important to clean as you go is great --

3. The Kid Focus: Language is really directed to children; it puts the kid in charge by saying things like "Your grown-up assistant and you shoud talk about every recipe before you start it" and "Stoves are hot places . . . always a good place to use some grown-up help." The accompanying picture is of grown man wearing a "Helper" apron and holding a knife, reacy to help.

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I got this book when I was probably about 7 or 8 and I still love it as a 23 year old. The "Darrell's Forget the Cookies Just Give Me That Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe" is the best cookie recipe I have ever used and tasted and I know my cookies. I've even adjusted the recipe a little to add more kinds of chocolate and it was still awesome. It's a great first cookbook for kids of any age and it made me want to cook for other people. I may not be the best chef but this book definitely encouraged me to cook more often. Definite recommendation for anyone young and young at heart.
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In looking for a kid's cookbook, I found many to be cooking FOR kids, rather than WITH kids. Of those that are intended for kids to participate, many of them are gimmicky. I didn't want or need my daughter to be able to make a funny face out of melon pieces! I wanted to be able to teach her how to plan and prepare an actual meal.

"Kids Cooking" was perfect for that. The recipes are clear and concise and written in plain language, but not talking down to a child. My daughter is 7, and occasionally needs help reading a word or two but mostly can read it herself. Most importantly, "Kids Cooking" contains recipes for actual food. They might not be made exactly the way I would make them, but they are easy and good enough for the family to eat.

The introduction of the book talks about kitchen safety - including knives, stoves, and cleanliness. It also talks about how to prepare for each recipe, including checking the pantry and making a grocery list. The beginning of each recipe has the ingredients laid out clearly in pictures and words.

The following are a few things I've noticed about the book that aren't necessarily complaints but might matter to some people more than they did to me. (We viewed it as a learning opportunity.) There are no serving sizes or serving amounts listed in the books. The spaghetti makes a huge amount, and the "Tuna Wiggle" barely served 3. The chicken legs have you sprinkle seasoning on the outside of the breading, which made for bland chicken. And none of the recipes have any nutritional information, either.

So we made things the way they were written the first time, and then thought of ways to make it better the second time. For instance, my daughter now has 5 bottles of "Mrs.
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