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Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Young Chefs (Food Network Magazine's Kids Cookbooks) Hardcover – Illustrated, April 7, 2020
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Easy Family Dinners
These recipes are simple to follow—and a blast to make! Find fun food trivia and smart test-kitchen tricks along the way.
Fun After-School Snacks
Choose from ants on a log, fruit and veggie fries, easy snack mixes and more.
Find shortcut treats you can make in minutes, plus amazing cakes for budding bakers.
Create Your Own Recipes
Design your own granola bars, chicken salad and more—just choose your mix-ins.
Test your hot dog IQ, and find out how well you know your cereal shapes!
Make a cake that looks just like a candy bar or a bowl of mac and cheese! Each recipe comes with step-by-step photos.
Special Coloring Book Section
Color a cupcake or an ice cream cone right in the book!
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The ultimate kids' cookbook for beginner bakers, from the editors of America's #1 food magazine: 110+ fun, easy recipes for sweets and treats, designed with young cooks in mind. “This book is a must-have for all the bakers out there! It’s filled with so many fun ideas, tasty recipes and my favorite—tons of sprinkles!” —Natasha Jiwani, Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship Winner Season 5
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|What’s Inside?||The must-have kids' cookbook for beginner bakers, from the editors of America's #1 food magazine and authors of The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook||The ultimate learn-how-to-cook book with 100+ easy-to-follow recipes including restaurant favorites and character creations||83 awesome S.T.E.A.M.-based science experiments you can do right at home with easy-to-find materials||100+ easy and fun-to-make (and eat!) recipes that appeal to every kid||100+ simple triple-tested recipes make this the perfect book for young bakers!|
|Age Range||8 to 12 years||8 to 12 years||8 to 12 years||8 to 12 years||8 to 12 years|
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|What Readers Say||"Finally a book for cooking, not just assembling"||"Good resource for kids just learning to bake"|
|Builds S.T.E.A.M. Skills||Lie-flat spiral binding for easy use and a special activity book section!||Special family recipes contributed by grandmas across the country introduce young cooks to new and exciting foods||Tons of mind-blowing S.T.EA.M. facts and tips from Good Housekeeping’s lab experts||A basic kitchen chapter introduces cooking skills, safety procedures, and cooking lingo||Recipes for muffins, breads, and pizzas to yummy cookies, cakes, and pies|
—Madeline & Anna Zakarian, Geoffrey Zakarian’s daughters
"I love how committed Food Network is to teaching both adults and children how to cook!"
—Geoffrey Zakarian, Food Network Star, father of three
"Everybody knows I love cheeseburgers. I also love cake. Now I can have both in one bite! Best. Cake. Ever! Best. Cookbook. Ever!"
—Lorenzo Mauro, Jeff Mauro’s son
"This book is so eye-poppingly colorful its hard to put down. Not only is a great resource for parents but also a great resource for today’s food-centric children. The photography jumps off the page and makes you want to put down your phone, pick up a spatula, and get to cooking with your kids."
—Jeff Mauro, Food Network Star
"We kids have our own special way of seeing food. We are passionate about ingredients. We are learning about food and cooking from our parents and other family members. We have traditions and heritage to consider. That’s what makes us individuals. This book allows a kid like me to take her own experiences and explore a day of meals in a new way! I also love that the book is like a test, too. I want to know what I don’t know about ice cream trucks! It’s like a cookbook and a game at the same time."
—Ava Clark, Alex Guarnaschelli’s daughter
"My daughter Ava is so excited about this cookbook. It’s specifically engineered to celebrate kids, their discovery of gastronomy through familiar comfort food dishes, and learning to cook food for themselves!"
—Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network Star
"This book is chock-full of whimsical, fantastical (and delicious!) recipes that will actually get your little one running to join you in the kitchen. At my house, we pored over every mouth-watering picture, marking our favorites with sticky notes—and I realized we tagged more pages than not!"
—Jane Francisco, Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping
"Our foodie family definitely lives to eat! And having interesting recipes that are straightforward and easily involve everyone is a huge help! From the Almond Butter-Berry Toast to the Chinese Meatball Sliders, we love the original twists to traditional dishes in The Big, Fun, Kids Cookbook!”
—Vern Yip, Celebrity Designer and HGTV Star
"The Food Network has launched countless young people on the path to becoming chefs. In this covered, spiral-bound cookbook (making countertop use easier), the editors of the Food Network Magazine give all children an opportunity to explore their inner foodie. A visual index kicks off the book, which is then divided into color-coded sections on breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert, and fake-out cakes. The 150-plus recipes are simple to follow, with many basic ingredients, and several allow variations for users to experiment according to their personal taste.
While the dishes comprise many kid-friendly favorites, like waffles, pizza, and cupcakes, there are also fun, healthy alternatives, such as melon “fries,” spaghetti squash, and “ants on a log remix.” Large color photos of the finished dishes; helpful tips; “Did You Know?” facts (e.g., waffles inspired Nike’s first running shoe); and food quizzes keep the text even more engaging. With recipes for cakes that look like cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, giant s’mores, and more, the final section may be reason enough to purchase this delightful cookbook."
— Booklist, starred review
"This thoroughly enjoyable cookbook from the editors of Food Network Magazine presents over 150 recipes “that any kid can make.” There are some recipes that young home cooks (ages 8–12) can prepare with minimal adult supervision, such as one of the six variations of Ants on a Log, as well as others that will require help from an adult, such as the giant s’mores cake, which requires the use of a kitchen torch.
In addition to several kids’ favorites like mac and cheese, and creative riffs such as French toast muffins, there are several “design your own recipe” sections that encourage readers to create their own variations of basic staples, such as granola bars. The recipes are simple to follow with easy-to-find ingredients and plenty of valuable tips (“Split English muffins in half with a fork... so you’ll end up with good nooks and crannies”).
Alongside the recipes are dozens of facts (“There are 10,000 varieties of grapes in the world,” they write next to a recipe for candied grapes), food trivia quizzes, and coloring pages that are bound to spark enthusiasm.
This is an exceptional introduction to cooking that children and even novice adult home cooks will enjoy."
"This accessible and visually stunning cookbook will delight and inspire home cooks of all ages and get families cooking together."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"For a great children’s cookbook, Food Network Magazine’s recently-released Big, Fun Kids Cookbook is filled with more than 150 fun recipes for kids, including their Taco Salad Cups and Edible Cookie Dough recipes."
“Food Network Magazine has been inspiring mama chefs for years (and the actual TV channel for even longer) and they have taken the dive into children’s cookbooks. The Big, Fun, Kids Cookbook is really just that: 150+ recipes designed specifically for kids whether they aspire to be the Food Network Kids Star or just want to make a super cool cheeseburger cake (yup, that is really a recipe) to impress their friends. Mamas might find some surprising inspiration in this cookbook, too, for easy family dinners. We love that there is even a coloring book section for when we need them out of the kitchen but still want to encourage their food exploration.”
—Anna Baboval, writer for Scary Mommy
“...it would be a big mistake to think that The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook from Food Network Magazine simply duplicates material that others have presented in the past – because this brightly colored, spiral-bound, well-thought-out book adds some new wrinkles to the young-people’s-cookbook genre and irons out some of the old ones. The basics of what to do and how to do it are all in The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook, and the attractive layout, bonus features (even a six-page coloring section at the very end), mixture of ordinary and unusual recipes, and factual tidbits make this offering a winner on all levels.”
—Mark J. Estren, Ph.D, president of TransCentury Communications and Infodad.com
About the Author
Maile Carpenter is the founding editor in chief of Food Network Magazine, the best-selling monthly magazine in the U.S., and The Pioneer Woman Magazine, a new magazine launched in 2017 with cookbook author, Food Network star and social-media phenom Ree Drummond. Maile is an expert in kids cooking—she has two young daughters (ages 6 and 9) who love to experiment in the kitchen and hold family cooking competions!
- Publisher : Hearst Home Kids; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1950785041
- ISBN-13 : 978-1950785049
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 2.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.63 x 1.18 x 9.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well, What I appreciate about this book so much- are the basic steps made clear/precise/to the point and with a vocabulary that is easy to understand. On top of all this- there are photographs to show the varied step as well.. lending an assurance, what you are doing is accurate- it also guides the cook along so, you can reference throughout the recipes. Sure, the book is titled “big fun kids cookbook” and the word “kid” should probably make him feel a little less then- But, it doesn’t?! Instead, he just thinks the word is to reference recipes without ‘yucky things’ most kids don’t like to eat.. and because, he found multiple recipes inside this cookbook he liked, it just made sense to him! (Hey, I will take it all day long...)
What I can appreciate from a mom standpoint, is the fact this is written with safety in mind- steps in the recipe blend the safety as if part of the instructions- to be sure handles are turned away from flames (and shows this with a photo!) or, it instructs you in a way like ie. “in step 3. *after turning handle safely away from hanging off the edge or near open flame, let the meat simmer on low for 3-5min or, until no longer pink.” **see, the safety is reminded and included as part of the cooking steps and it does this throughout the entire recipe!!! It will tell how to remove a hot item or, drain it etc.. the same way! All with the same feeling, like it’s just part of a step in the recipe..!! It’s the craziest thing- and builds confidence so much because, I am not having to hover/remind (which is what my son hates and trust me, I get it and understand..) Only with this book, he can cook with safe independence and I can sit by with peace of mind!! PRICELESS-
The recipes are directed towards those learning to cook and then, even helping take those skills up to the next level- the selection of items to create are also (I’m sure can guess..) geared toward a younger group. Although, I do agree they're kid friendly- they are not overly extreme (no “ants on a log” recipe in here!) Plus, I figure it’s not what were eating Per sé but, far more important that the child/teen learn the valuable safety skills while doing it..
I will definitely be watching for more cookbooks like this by the same creators in the future.. they’ve been done quite well and would be a quality resource for anyone learning or, needing to cook at a simpler level- all without feeling demeaning. A total win in our house.
I would love to see a book of the same style for the young adult- I know, I’m not the only mom worried about their child reaching adulthood and lacking safe cooking skills! A cookbook without “kid” in the title... YET, has the safety steps blended into the steps of the recipes. Trust me- there’s a need and those trying to gain independent living.. would benefit greatly
I hope this info helps.. feel free to let me know!
My teens found some of these challenging but mostly "too easy" for them. The 5 yr old did a lot of stirring and would pre-heat the oven, etc. as it was above her for now. My 9 & 11 yr olds were in the sweet spot for this book! They really really really enjoyed this book! And mom & dad are enjoying not having to cook as much.
There was a nice discussion about kitchen safety in this book which was nice too. (Unfortunately this book does not cover "how to clean up your mess in the kitchen so mom doesn't have to!")
Recommend & will be buying these for my nieces & nephews!
of them are pasta or hamburger items.
The majority of the recipes were junk food and/or desserts which for me, was not what I was looking for.
Nice quality with ring binder for sturdiness for years to come.
Even I inspired me with a few quarantine recipes!! Good job Food Network
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He really likes it as it speaks kid.