The perfect book for children, this fun and engaging cookbook is written and photographed by a pair of young sisters for budding chefs.
Whether they're helping stir cake batter or producing their own YouTube cooking channel, kids of all ages are getting increasingly busy in the kitchen. This cookbook features twenty classic recipes that are fun, healthy, adaptable, and easy to prepare. From banana bread and the perfect grilled cheese to breaded chicken and apple pie, each recipe is written in a clear, accessible style that young cooks of every level will be able to follow. The author is a young chef whose love of cooking developed from her own family's food traditions like baking popovers with her grandmother and Sunday-night pizza making. By teaching kids basic recipes that can be adapted in endless ways, this book is the perfect launching pad to finding their way around the kitchenor launching their own cooking careers.
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
ESME and CALISTA WASHBURN are sisters living in New York City. Esme, who is in middle school, is an amateur chef and cooking enthusiast. She has learned everything she knows from her grandmother. Calista, a recent high school graduate and budding photographer, loves helping out in the kitchen and eating the delicious food that Esme cooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A cookbook for kids by kids! I received a free physical copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Esme Washburn first learned to cook from her grandmother when she was very little. She read cookbooks like they were chapter books but noticed a trend with children's cookbooks that included more sweets and simple desserts than actual cooking for kids, so she decided to create one herself! She has put together twenty easy but delicious recipes that kids will love to cook and eat, paired with amazingly bright and colorful images photographed by Esme's older sister, Calista Washburn. Learn to make pancakes (two ways!), banana bread (yum!), the quintessential grilled cheese sandwich (my favorite!), pizza (from scratch!), and even how to make bread! There's even a couple of super helpful tips for what to do before and after cooking, safety tips, important measurements, and a glossary of words and cooking techniques just in case you're not sure how to 'puree' or 'saute'. This is fantastic! My daughter is still young but has always been fascinated with food prep and cooking and always helps as much as possible in the kitchen so she was super excited to have a cookbook just for her! There were a few recipes that she was already familiar with but she's excited to help whip a few of these up to try (and I have my eye on that 'Tasty Black Bean Soup')! This would be a quintessential addition to any child's library, whether they already love to cook or not!
We're foodies in my family, so my kids were always interested in cooking. However, although they would ask for help when stuck, mostly they wanted to pursue their own cooking endeavors rather than learn from their parents. I wish this book had been around when they were young! Unfortunately, when my kids were ready to begin their cooking journey, the author of this book, Calista Washburn, hadn't been born yet! She wrote this book when she was twelve. I can't say enough good about this book. The recipes are for healthy foods cooked from scratch. They range from the very simple grilled cheese and pancakes to the more complicated yeast bread and homemade pasta. The steps in each recipe are straightforward and clear, and the pasta recipe includes step-by-step pictures to go with the directions. Anyone who works their way through this cookbook will have a repertoire of recipes that will stand them in good stead to feed themselves and company as well. The recipes feature common ingredients with substitutions noted for anything that's a little more unusual. The bread recipe includes two alternatives, one for using a stand mixer and another for letting the dough rise overnight in the refrigerator, so that schedules and equipment won't limit cooks in accomplishing their task. The introduction includes general information for the novice cook from measurement substitutions to a glossary of cooking techniques. The pictures in this book are likely to make you hungry, they're beautifully styled and put together in a way that gives you a great sense of the goal for each recipe. That's quite an accomplishment for a teen photographer, Calista Washburn, Esme's older sister. All-in-all I would recommend this book as one of your first summer purchases. What a great way to learn to cook!
I came from a line of wonderful cooks but didn't spend much time in the kitchen myself as a child growing up. However, in my preteen years the local gas company held cooking classes for kids and my mother encouraged me to attend. I did and they also gave us a children's cookbook. It held basic recipes that gave a "kick-start" for a child to begin learning how to measure and how to cook a variety of items. It was a bit heavy on the dessert side in the line of recipes. They also showed us how to safely use gas ranges. Later in school we had home economics classes and I continued to learn. I married young and then began my education in earnest to learn how to cook meats, vegetables, fruits, pasta, grains, and of course, desserts. This absolutely wonderful book, 20 Reciipes Kids Should Know, has a grand assortment of recipes for kids to prepare and the instructions are really good. This is not a "dumbed-down" of "kiddie" book. This is for kids old enough and responsible enough to handle basic and a bit more complex cooking techniques. It won't overwhelm, and it won't be a platform for junkie food. A case in point is the mouth-watering pasta and cheese recipe. This is not a "dump it outta the box" directive. This is a use the butter, milk, cheese, etc. recipe where you make a great white sauce with butter and milk and then add grated cheese in a quantity that will provide a succulent adventure into the comfort food that a lot of us grew up loving. Don't miss this recipe! And then there is the marinated steak recipe. Now you're going to want to be able to feel comfortable with your kid's skills and abilities before you invest in steak, but this certainly has a place in the repertoire that every growing child needs to learn. Of course, a pizza recipe is included. Again, not a dump-it-outta-the-box recipe. It is one where you get to know the whole product item. Again, kids will love this one! Anytime I can pass along information about a book that will bring enjoyable education to children, I value it. So I am highly recommending you invest in your child's eating future by investing in this extremely well done book. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.