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Good quality book with recipes simplified where possible. For example instead of whisking melted butter into milk they guide through combining and heating in microwave. The recipes are marked as easy, medium or advanced and a mix of tastes for simple and more advanced palettes.
Kids vary greatly but having raised my family and now cooking with grandchildren I would advise find something else for kids under 12 unless they show a real interest in cooking or more adventurous eating.
2.0 out of 5 starsSo, I'm in the minority here but...
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
I gotta say, I'm a bit bummed with the book. It's 95% vegetarian. I got this for my 17 year old son thinking it might help him practice cooking or give him some ideas in the kitchen but neither him or any of the guys wanna learn how to make kale chips, mozzarella cheese bites or tofu stir fry. I'll be returning it.
This was delivered on Friday and I woke up to avocado toast prepared by my 10 year old on Sunday. She adores this cookbook and I am 100% here for my child cooking for me for a change! This book has boosted her confidence and encouraged her to try new things - Saturday night she made tofu and geeen beans! You will not be disappointed with this book.
Things that additionally caught my eyes: veggie wraps, caprese panini, glazed salmon, quinoa, roasted broccoli, sesame noodles, strawberry cream paletas... I am attaching pictures of the index so you can read more.
The thing about good cookbooks is they should show you what you know you want to learn and help you discover other things that you never knew existed but suddenly might be enticed into learning. This book does that, and does it really well because ATK tests their recipes so thoroughly, that if you follow the directions you are guaranteed a good quality meal. Leaving a beginning cook satisfied with a positive result is what this is all about. And frankly this is a book I would recommend for college students because it doesn’t talk down to you; it’s just presenting good food.
Final word to the reviewer who was grateful to not “have” to watch their children in the kitchen: Yes, yes, you really do, but your relationship will be so much better for having spent real time together. Just do it.
I got this book for my kids but learned a bit myself! This book not only contains easy recipes for kids but techniques and information used by REAL cooks. It even includes recommendations for tools like proper knives and cutting techniques. Really glad we made this purchase.
I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter who has taken more interest in baking over the last few months. This book is very descriptive and appropriate for new cooks. So far she has made us pancakes and the chocolate chip cookies and both recipies were very good! I am looking forward to what she makes next.
I’ve bought pretty much every children’s cookbook I can find and this one is hands down the best. I dont just buy these and they sit on the shelves. We use them! My children cook dinner every single week. I’m a chef and I hold a cooking class with them once a week, every week. I want them to read recipes and execute the steps. It’s beyond important to me that my children easily work their way around a kitchen. This cookbook is hands down the best one. The recipes taste good and make sense. It’s recipes that push the envelope in the right areas but produce really tasty meals, that have obviously been tested, and also the kids will eat. I do have a complaint though- not enough main meal recipes! That’s my one and only complaint! Make another cookbook already! All the other ones out there totally suck. We’ve made the oven fried chicken, the buttermilk drop biscuits with honey butter, Mexican street corn (ah-MAZING!), shredded chicken tacos, beef and bean chili and corny cornbread. Next weeks menu is the apple cider glazed pork chops with garlicky skillet green beans and smashed potatoes so they will be doing three of your recipes in one night! Can’t wait! All have been really tasty and I’ve come to trust the recipes knowing it will come out right. We made a recipe from a different cookbook last week and it was a disaster. Learned my lesson! We need more recipes!
Seriously this cookbook is awesome and full of lots of information! I gave it to my 9 year old for Christmas and immediately she began reading up on tips and tricks. We then based on the suggestions in the book got her a chef knife and a pairing knife. She's learned how to mince garlic and cut beef thin for a stir fry. The recipes are delicious as well. We absolutely positively love this cookbook. Now to see if they make some for baking and decorating sweets. Seriously tons of information with almost every recipe on ways to change recipes up/sub ingredients to how to cut properly and find the grain of the meats.
This is a great kids cookbook. We decided to have one night a week that our kids cook dinner and this book has helped make this happen! They pick a recipe, make a shopping list, we shop together and they get going in the kitchen. This book has enough detail and simple recipes for both my 11 and 8 year old to understand and be able to follow. They are able to do most of the meal with little help from me. I definitely recommend this if you have a little one interested in getting in the kitchen!
This was a gift to my granddaughter, age 8, who loves to help her dad cook. She also likes to watch America Test Kitchen on tv. Browsing through book, all recipes were rated with level of difficulty and also if adult supervision is needed. Recipes appeared to be what all family members would like to eat and current in selections. A great beginner cookbook and can’t wait until she cooks something for me when I visit. Photos and descriptions support the young cook.
This is an excellent starting cookbook. Unfortunately, it's too simple for my kids, to whom I have already taught most of this content (before I discovered this book). However, I will gift it to other kids who aren't as advanced. I highly recommend this resource to beginners. It has excellent explanations and step-by-step instructions with kid-achievable variations.