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.
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Deanna F. Cook has written dozens of award-winning books for kids, including the best-selling Cooking Class and Baking Class, as well as Farmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book. She has been the creative development director at FamilyFun and has worked as an editor at Scholastic, Disney, and Kidstir.com. She is currently an acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts and can be found online at deannafcook.com.
Read an Excerpt
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! MAKE A RECIPE COLLECTION 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. CREATE A COOKING KIT 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
- paring knife
- rolling pin
- clean scissors
- mixing spoon
- 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!
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 Lunch-on-a-Stick 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 Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a firm believer in teaching kids to cook, and this is a great cookbook for doing just that! It's well and good to teach one on one familiar dishes; I think kids need to learn how to cook WITHOUT a recipe all the time, but they also need to learn how to cook from a recipe as well. One of my daughters just turned 13 yesterday and is passionate about learning to cook. This book works great for her as well as my younger daughter. It covers beginning cooking instructions, breakfast, lunch, snacks, veggies, dinner and dessert. From the supper simple such as how to hard boil an egg or mix and match sandwich shop or dipped strawberries to the more complicated such as crepes, spring rolls or meringue nests, there is something for every level of expertise in your little ones. I love that they can start simple and work their way to harder recipes all in one cookbook. The photography is colorful and very informative. Step-by-step photos are included for many of the recipes helping the child follow the recipe even better. My older daughter just fell in love with California sushi rolls, so is thrilled to have the instructions to make her own! I highly recommend this cookbook to families with kids. Even if they don't have a desire to learn to cook at the moment, this colorful, fun book just might be the inspiration they need! I received a copy of this book from Storey Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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A few years ago, I searched for a kids' cookbook that I could love and that my kids could enjoy and follow easily. I was so surprised by the variety of cookbooks and the poorly written directions they included. In particular, I remember looking at Paula Deen's cookbook for children. The small print, light type, and colored background... I wanted a better cookbook for my kids! For me, cookbooks are inspiring (even if I almost never follow a recipe exactly)! I ended up finding one that I loved-- Kids Cook!, a Williamson Kids Can book that is now back in print. But, there are no photographs in the cookbook. My kids love color and they are not drawn to that cookbook. On the other hand, a new cookbook arrived at our doorstep last week and my kids hovered over it--drinking in the recipes, excited to cook! That cookbook is Cooking Class by Deanna F. Cook. A few years ago, Storey published two cookbooks for kids about sewing that I like: Sewing School and Sewing School 2. With this cookbook for kids, Storey followed the same format and editing style--which I loved back then and love again with this new cookbook. Cooking Class is divided into seven sections that cover the basics, meals, snacks, and of course--dessert! The Basics section is what I have found lacking in most kids' cookbooks, but in this one, it is done well. Good tips, good pictures, and even a page on how to clean up! I like that they added two pages on how to fold a fancy napkins and setting the table. I have a feeling that our next holiday meal will have some beautifully folded napkins! From there, the recipe sections begin. The recipes are divided into 1, 2, or 3 spoons. 1 spoon recipes can be made by kids themselves. 2 spoon recipes might need an older sibling or parent's help. 3 spoon recipes use sharp knives and the oven/stove, so an adult is most likely needed for kids under 10 or 11. My daughters are 9 and 11 and are uncomfortable with the oven and can turn on the gas stove, but usually prefer me to do that. The recipes are easy to follow and have great pictures which give clear instructions. The reading level (because of the size of the type) is probably 3rd grade and above. I know that my first grade son can read most of the words in these directions, but the size of the type would be a stumbling block for him. Our first recipe we tried from the cookbook was the grab and go granola bars. I was a little skeptical about how my kids would like them since they aren't baked, but my whole family ended up loving them! I think next time, though, I am going to try and mix the chocolate chips into the mixture and then press into the pan so that the chocolate chips are mixed throughout the bars and aren't just on top. I suspect that within a few months every recipe in this cookbook will have been tried by my kids! Aside from the recipes, the cookbook includes some fun stickers, place cards, and conversation questions for the dinner table. These are of high quality and my kids have enjoyed them all. I think you get the idea... when choosing a great kids' cookbook, this one tops my list! (and has been added to my list of favorite cookbooks) Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook for review from Storey publishing.