Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

by Deanna F. Cook

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The kids are taking over the kitchen! Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12. Basic cooking techniques are explained in kid-friendly language, and recipes include favorites like applesauce, French toast, popcorn chicken, pizza, and more. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings inspiration and confidence to the chefs of the future. 

IACP Award Finalist
2015 “National Parenting Publications Awards” (NAPPA) Gold award winner
2015 Parents’ Choice Award Silver winner
2016 Mom’s Choice Award Gold winner
2015 NPR Great Reads
2019 New York Times "Best Cookbooks for Kids"

Also available in the Cooking Class series: Baking Class and Cooking Class Global Feast!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612124001
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Series: Cooking Class
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 52,428
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Deanna F. Cook is the award-winning author of several books for kids, including Food Faces and the best-selling Baking Class, Cooking Class, and Cooking Class Global Feast! She served as the creative development director at FamilyFun magazine and has been an editor at Scholastic, Disney, and She lives in western Massachusetts and can be found online at

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Chapter One: Welcome to Cooking Class!
Do you like to cook? Maybe you’ve helped your family in the kitchen with dinner or baked brownies for dessert with your friends. Or maybe you’re just hungry for a homemade snack. This book is filled with fun and easy recipes that teach kids how to cook. Each recipe was tested by kids just like you for ease (“Fast!” or “Took too long!”), taste (“Yum!” or “Yuck!”), and overall fun factor.
Before you put on your apron, take some time to read this introductory chapter all the way through. It has helpful tips for junior chefs, like what kitchen tools to have on hand and how to measure carefully. It also shows you how to properly use a paring knife and other ways to be safe in the kitchen. But most important, you’ll learn how to cook up some fun in the kitchen!
Lesson One: Review the Rules
Start good cooking habits from the get-go by following these basic kitchen rules. Ask an adult for permission to make a recipe. Ask for help, too, if you have questions along the way.
1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before you handle food. Scrub well for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to recite the alphabet.
2. Roll up long sleeves and wear an apron or smock (an oversize T-shirt will do the trick nicely). Tie back long hair to keep it away from food. You can even wear a bandanna or chef’s hat!
3. Read the recipe from start to finish before you begin. Follow the steps closely.
4. Put out all the ingredients from the “Here’s What You Need” list to be sure you have everything.
5. Measure carefully (see the tips in lesson 5).
6. Use a timer so you don’t burn or overcook anything.
7. Always use pot holders when touching hot pans and dishes.
8. Most important, clean up afterward!
Lesson Two: Get Your Kitchen in Order!
Start with the recipes in this book — put a check mark next to each one you try. You can also create your own folder or recipe box for storing recipes from magazines and websites. Use the recipe cards in the back of the book to write down some favorite family recipes or ones that you come up with yourself.
Find a box or clear plastic container and stock it with your own cooking tools. Label or decorate your container. (See the stickers in the back of the book.) You’ll want to start with: • measuring spoons & cups

  • whisk
  • paring knife
  • rolling pin
  • clean scissors
  • mixing spoon
  • spatula
  • tongs
  • pastry brush
  • melon baller
  • pizza cutter
  • Clear off a kitchen countertop so you have plenty of room to cook. A kitchen table is a great place to prep food, too.
  • If the work space is too high for you to comfortably reach, find a sturdy stool to stand on.
  • Be sure the floor isn’t wet — you don’t want to slip and fall!
Lesson Three: Start with Good Ingredients
MAKE A LIST before you shop. This will save you time and money, and you won’t forget an important ingredient.
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS as much as possible. Whenever you can, choose organic fruits and veggies. They taste great, have more nutrients, and are better for the environment.
PICK YOUR OWN. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you can pick veggies for your recipes. If not, stop at your nearest farmers’ market to stock up. These markets usually also sell meats, cheeses, and eggs that are organic and/or local. During the winter, though, frozen vegetables often taste better and have more nutrients than fresh ones shipped from far away.
STORE YOUR PRODUCE properly until you use it, and clean it well before cooking. Rinse fruits and vegetables under cold water to remove any dirt. Use a scrub brush on hard items like carrots and potatoes to make washing them easier.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Welcome to Cooking Class

Lesson 1: Review the Rules
Lesson 2: Get Your Kitchen in Order
Lesson 3: Start with Good Ingredients
Lesson 4: Kitchen Vocabulary
Lesson 5: Measure Up
Lesson 6: Careful with Sharp Stuff!
Lesson 7: Cooking with Heat
Lesson 8: Clean Up
Lesson 9: Time to Eat!

Chapter Two: Breakfast Cafe

My Own Cinnamon Sugar
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Breakfast Sundaes
Mix-and-Match Fruit Flower Garden
Have a Hard-Boiled Egg
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
Ella's Egg Sandwiches
French Toast on a Stick
Sleepover Party-Pancakes
Crepes with Nutella and Bananas
Wallace's Omelets

Chapter Three: Lunch Lessons

Homemade Peanut Butter
PB & Honey Pockets
Mix-and-Match Sandwich Shop
Spinach Pinwheels
Lettuce Roll-Ups
Toasty Melts
Italian Panini
Quiche Cupcakes

Chapter Four: Snack Attack

Berry Good Smoothies
Minty Melon Bubbles
Apple Monsters!
My Own Microwave Popcorn
Mix-and-Match Trail Mix
Popcorn Balls
We Love Biscuits!
Easy-Peasy Applesauce
Mean Green Guacamole
Gorgeous Garden Salsa
Tortilla Chips from Scratch
Fruit Roll-Ups

Chapter Five: Eat Your Veggies

Veggie World
Salad Dressing Factory
Mix-and-Match Salad Bar
Tiny Tomato Toasts
Roasted Roots
Think Spring Rolls
Iris's Corn & Black Bean Salad

Chapter Six: My First Dinners

Bow-Tie Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil & Fresh Mozzarella
Perfect Pesto!
Cheesy Bean Quesadillas
Nutty Noodles
Popcorn Chicken
Mix-and-Match Pizza Party
Super Sliders
Sushi! California Rolls
Fantastic Fish Tacos
Excellent Egg Rolls

Chapter Seven: Time For Dessert

Dipped Strawberry Dessert
Mix-and- Match Chocolate Factory
Hot Cocoa Pops
Very Vanilla Pudding
Amazing Apple Crisp
Little Lemon Squares
Meringue Nests
Maisie's Carrot Cupcakes


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