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Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids Spiral-bound – October 7, 2009

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About the Author

Jill O'Connor is the author of 5 cookbooks for Chronicle Books.

Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Spi edition (October 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811867825
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Yesterday afternoon, I handed my girls and son a cup of the hot chocolate and a candy cane. They were thrilled! I did a little substituting since I didn't have white chocolate (her recipe would taste amazing, I'm certain!) and it was very good. It was the perfect Christmas treat for drinking while doing Christmas crafts. They also had in their hands a very yummy chocolate chip cookie made with the recipe from this cookbook. I've never been able to make anything like them before.

I love to bake and I make a lot of cookies. It's one of the things I remember from growing up--my mom always had some around. So, I already have 2 chocolate chip cookie recipes that I love. But, I'm always willing to try something new. So, when this cookbook arrived, that's what I decided to try--I figured it would tell me whether I wanted to try anything more. And wow! They are just like the Costco cookies--big chewy and full of chips. The recipe is made differently than I've made such cookies before, but that's what often makes a good cookie, I think. (My other favorite recipes has you add the vanilla and eggs at the very, very end) In this recipe, you melt the butter and have to chill the dough and you need to use parchment (you can reuse the parchment with the next batch and not have to use a ton--it will work fine).

On my shelves, sit a lot of cookbooks. I have found that often there are only a few recipes in each one that I love. But, this cookbook will have a place for a long time--based on those two recipes alone. My daughters have been bugging me all week to try the other recipes and now that my 6 year old can read all the recipe names, I'm really in trouble.

To address other reviewers concerns about this cookbook. I think the publisher mismarketed this cookbook.
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This is such an eye-pleasing book. I just love the scallop edged pages, and the sturdy, colorful cover. The lay flat spiral binding inside is also a good feature. I love food photography so I do wish this book had a picture of every recipe, but I understand the space constraints. There are a good amount of photographs though, and they are all beautiful!

We already own a lot of kid-related cookbooks, so I wasn't sure if we needed another one. I was delighted to find that this book is really appropriate for the more advanced young chef. My 13 year old daughter takes her cooking very seriously and she felt like this book was filled with fun recipes that were the kind a real chef would make.

Banana Split Pancakes, New York Crumb Cake, and Chock-a-block Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Muffins are on the top of my list of projects I can wait to taste from this book!

My only complaint is just related to the packaging done by amazon; some of my pages were bent by the inner cardboard piece inserted into the book.
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The introduction from the author makes me instantly love her. She seems totally neurotic about her kitchen and prefers her baked goods to turn out a certain way - just like me! And yet she wrote this cookbook for kids, understanding her kitchen would be under fire and making peace with the situation. If she can let her kitchen become subject to sticky, messy and gooey, any of us can.

Jill's introduction: I have a secret. Baking with children isn't always easy. I realized this a long time ago when I tried to make chocolate cupcakes with my daughter Sophia, an activity that ended badly with her running crying from the kitchen when I took the icing spatula away from her. My older daughter, Olivia, in all her teenage wisdom, like to call me "mean chef." My husband sometimes pretends an invisible time clock is ticking (sound effects included) while I am trying to teach one of them to cook, to see just how many seconds I can stand it before I snatch the whisk from their fingers. Is it just another case of the cobbler's children having no shoes, or am I really just a big kitchen ogre?

Just like the title promises, this book is chock full of wonderfully gooey treats that children will fall head over heels in love with. Armed with recipes such as Flufftastic Fudge, Curiously Sticky Caramel Monkey Bread and Butterscotch French Toast, it's a certainty that parents will be in hog heaven as well. It's surprising to me that these desserts lean a bit upscale, but I guess if you let kids loose in your kitchen with chocolate sprinkles, the knowledge that you will be nibbling on Peanut Butter-Pretzel Bonbons will probably take the edge off. Should the kids get suspicious, you can always wow them with the Ghostly Meringues.
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I got this book for my wife, who loves to cook and bake, and kids, with whom she wants to share her passion. My hope is that it would help my wife share her love of cooking and baking with our two young boys (6 and 8). Once it arrived, I knew we were on to something. They shared her excitement as they gathered on the sofa and spent close to an hour looking through the recipes and deciding what they would make. Over the next week, they began to make some of the recipes. Here is where the important part of the title came in. The last two words in the title are crucial. The recipes and the resulting treats are really "for kids" as opposed to treats to be made "with kids". After tackling a few recipes, my wife reports that the recipes were so complicated that the kids lost interest early on in the process. Having said that, I can report that there interest was reengaged once my wife was done with the recipes. Every recipe we tried was delicious and looked wonderful. So, with the understanding that this is a cookbook for making treats "for kids" as opposed to "with kids" I suggest it for fun treats that in description definitely do meet the multiple adjectives of the title.
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