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Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens

Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens

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by Evelyn Raab, George Walker (Illustrator)

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This thorough and witty culinary guide demystifies the kitchen and its contents for young adults and anyone who's found themselves in front of a full fridge exclaiming, "There's nothing to eat here!" With 200 easy-to-follow recipes, Evelyn Raab shows the culinary neophyte how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion.



This thorough and witty culinary guide demystifies the kitchen and its contents for young adults and anyone who's found themselves in front of a full fridge exclaiming, "There's nothing to eat here!" With 200 easy-to-follow recipes, Evelyn Raab shows the culinary neophyte how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion.

Revised for a new generation of students, this amusing cookbook focuses on creating whole, healthy foods using fresh ingredients. Recipes are coded with easy-to-understand icons and symbols that sort each dish into categories, such as vegetarian meals, cheap eats, couch potato, mom and family food, and cooking to impress.

Clueless in the Kitchen includes informative and entertaining chapters on:

  • The Kitchen — a guide to alien territory
  • Shopping — you can't cook if you don't have it!
  • Salads, soups and side things
  • Meat dishes (beef, chicken and other critters)
  • Vegetarian options
  • Egg, fish and pasta entrees
  • Baking and desserts
  • Snacks and munchies.

The book also features information and advice on meal planning, a glossary, a conversion chart and a handy index.

Whether living on their own for the very first time or just on their own for dinner, Clueless in the Kitchen is the only guide novice cooks need to create an interesting, easy, delicious and nutritious meal.

Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Alison Edwards
This is a great cookbook for the younger and inexperienced cook. The language used is informal and very conversational.... This book is extremely useful and a great addition to the library of the newly moved out young person.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Take a large measure of good recipes, toss with a healthy dose of humor, and you'll have this accessible cookbook. Newly independent cooks will get all the basics, from buying equipment and groceries, to food-preparation techniques, cooking meals, and defrosting the refrigerator. Recipes are grouped by food type such as "Breakfast-A Cruel Joke" and "Primarily Pasta." Icons further identify each recipe as "Cheap Eats," "Vegetarian Stuff," "Couch Potato Food," "Dinner for the Family," or "Cooking to Impress." There's something for every taste, from hamburgers and pizza to shrimp scampi and almond torte. Both English and metric measurements are given. A conversion chart, glossary, menu ideas, and a good index are included. Raab's informal and chatty style will appeal to teens, but the lack of nutritional information and the liberal use of butter will disappoint health-conscious readers. Joan Scobey's The Fannie Farmer Junior Cookbook (Little, Brown, 1993) has fewer recipes with less variety, but is somewhat easier to follow and aimed at a slightly younger audience. A welcome and useful addition for cooking collections.-Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI

Product Details

Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
Clueless Series
Edition description:
New Edition, Completely Revised
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Starting from Scratch

How you ended up with this book is not important. Maybe your parents gave it to you. Maybe you bought it for yourself. Maybe you found it in a ditch. It doesn't matter. The thing is, you have it, and now you have to use it. But how?

So this is a cookbook. You've probably already noticed that. And it's full of recipes—which is pretty much what you'd expect. These recipes are simple without being stupid. They contain no scary terminology, no really strange ingredients, no complicated procedures. They also contain (almost) no processed foods—no cake mixes, no condensed tomato soups, no frozen whipped toppings. You don't need them. Ever. Cooking from scratch is easy and cheap, and always tastes better. That's a fact.

This book is full of other stuff you need to know too. Kitchen stuff. Basic stuff that no one ever bothered to tell you. Or maybe you weren't listening. And now you're sorry, because now you want to know. Now the kitchen needs sanitizing, or now you have to cut up a chicken or have to (yikes!) convert measurements. And you certainly don't want to go crawling back to Mom, do you? You'll also find information on how to shop, where to find specialty items and how to plan a meal.

So how do you get started? Well, just start. Find something you want to cook and cook it. Go ahead—be brave. After all, cooking isn't brain surgery. It just looks like it.

Meet the Author

Evelyn Raab's popular "Cooking With Kids" column has appeared in Today's Parent magazine. She attributes her culinary expertise to her sons.

George A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and illustrator who teaches book arts and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario. He regularly exhibits his wood engravings and limited-edition books internationally. He is the author of The Woodcut Artist's Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking, Second Edition Updated and Expanded, which is also published by Firefly Books.

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Clueless in the Kitchen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a teen, but I am a bachelor (maybe the only person less at home in the kitchen than a teen), and I had very little cooking experience before beginning college a few years ago. I bought this book, starting cooking a few meals a week, and now cook for friends on a reguler basis. The layout of the book is great (plenty of room on each page to alter the recipes to meet your own tastes) and great content.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book for Christmas, myself being a teen, and thought it to be a joke at first. But, as a searched through the pages for a New Year's meal, I found the foods that I loved. This books teaches teens the basics, like how to boil an egg, and the advanced dishes, like how to make cheesecake. Instructions are easy to comprehend and most ingredients are found right in the home. I recommend this book to anyone with a teenager, or a younger child. You know, it's never too early to start!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I myself am 25 years old but I am now learning how to cook. I got this book for Christmas and man this is probably one of the best gifts I've even recieved. I have tried the recipes for sloopy joes and fried and they were great. This is a good book for teenagers and young adults to learn how to cook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 12 year old granddaughter wanted, among other things, a cookbook for Christmas. She is 12. After reading through it with her, I ordered a second one so she could also use it when she is here. Sometimes nana has more more patience than a very busy mom!
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If you need ideas for what to cook yet still don't know how to cook this is the book you need. It will give you ideas and instructions on how to cook easy meals.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cookbook as a high school graduation present in preparation for college. I'm 27 now, and I still use it at least once a week. It's falling apart and stained, but I still love it! There's something for everyone in here, and everything is so easy! Most recipes are 5-10 ingredients and common things that you should already have. I have several other cookbooks, but always come back to this one because it's easy to understand and the recipes are delicious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew how to cook before I read this book. I first saw this book at my middle school library. Now being a few years older, I still love this book. This book has some awesome stuff to cook. I like the many deserts such as cookies, eggs'i hate eggs and I learned how to make them tastey', and more. I believe that i will use this book forever even when I am 100 years old. This book is not just for teens, but for all ages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We used this at home, and it's great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book in my high school library in the 9th grand I hand no idea how to cook but the book show me how. Now I am going to New England Culinary Instute because I love to cook The book show this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so cool . If you ever want to cook buy this book.