- 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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Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual Spiral-bound – August 1, 1987
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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.
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.
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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"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the step by step directions for my 5 year old grand daughter, bought used , I guess I was in a hurry when I orderedPublished 3 months ago by Dawn
I originally had this book as a kid and I loved it. Fast forward to 25 years later and I still use my version of the chocolate chip cookie recipe.Published 4 months ago by Nancy Robbins
My grandparents got this book for me as a kid and its recipes - Darrell's Forget-the-Cookies-Just-Gimme-that-Batter and One Pot Spaghetti, for examples - have been in our family... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jenny P.
I had this cookbook as a kid, and now I got it for my nephew. Loads of fun kid-friendly recipes inside, including fun ones like play dough, bubbles, and even dog biscuits! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Erin M. Coyne
Glad to get this to pass on to my grandchildren. Their parents had one as children, but it got lost.Published 18 months ago by N. North