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Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens and other Beginners
     

Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens and other Beginners

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by Evelyn Raab, George Walker (Illustrator)
 

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You're young, you're hungry, you're clueless

The kitchen looms before you like something from a bad horror film. There's food in there, but then what? It'll have to be cooked... or at least peeled. Probably both. It's enough to scare even the foolhardy, but then so is a diet of macaroni and cheese. And you can't afford to keep ordering pizza.

Overview

You're young, you're hungry, you're clueless

The kitchen looms before you like something from a bad horror film. There's food in there, but then what? It'll have to be cooked... or at least peeled. Probably both. It's enough to scare even the foolhardy, but then so is a diet of macaroni and cheese. And you can't afford to keep ordering pizza. Aaarghh!

Relax! You're not alone. Author Evelyn Raab (mom to two teenage sons) understands that the kitchen is alien territory, and she is going to teach you everything you need to know to produce something deliciously edible out of actual ingredients — in other words, cook — and live to tell the tale.

Incredibly thorough, never condescending, and with a dash of humor, Clueless in the Kitchen leads culinary neophytes through the entire range of kitchen experience — from cleaning a stove and outfitting a first kitchen (cheaply), to unplugging a drain and identifying that stuff in the bulk-food bins. Two hundred easy-to-follow recipes show how to make all kinds of simple and scrumptious dishes for every meal and occasion, beginning with "Breakfast: A Cruel Joke" and ending with Snacks and Munchies." There's even a chapter devoted exclusively to the "Vehemently Vegetarian."

And there's more! Each recipe is coded with an icon symbolizing vegetarian meals, cheap eats, couch potato, mom, or family food, food to impress, and snacks and munchies. And useful menu planners will help you tailor the perfect meal to every guest, whether that guest is your shallow but fun boy/girlfriend, your aunt Gladys, or (gasp!) your entire family.

Whether you're living on your own for the very first time or you're just on your own for dinner, Clueless in the Kitchen will be the first and — hopefully — only guide you will ever need. You may never eat macaroni and cheese again!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Anne Malley
Young adults who like to cook or would like to learn more about cooking will appreciate the abundant information and recipes here ... The author makes a strong case for fresh over convenience and processed food and explains many cooking and kitchen basics ... its basic food message is sensible and the recipes are appealing.
Forth Worth Star-Telegram
Hip, humorous, easy-to-use cookbook.
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

ISBN-13:
9781552092248
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Series:
Clueless Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Evelyn Raab is also the author of The Clueless Baker and The Clueless Vegetarian. She attributes her culinary expertise to her teenage sons.

George A. Walker produces wood engravings, prints, sculpture and computer art. He is the author of The WoodcutArtist's Handbook.

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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IM BARELY 13 AND I SAW THIS BOOK AND IMMEDIATLY WANTED AND WHEN I GOT IT I COMPLETELY LOVED IT I LOVE EVERYTHING I MAKE BECAUSE MY MOM WAS SAYING I SHOULD LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE MY OTHER SISTER SO SHE BOUGHT THIS BOOK AND THINKS I AM A GOOD COOK W/ JUST A FEW LESSONS I RECOMMEND IT REALLY. BUY IT NOW YOU WONT REGRET IT REALLY WORTH THE MONEY.
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.