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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ISBN-13: 9781612124001
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 12,164
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.
 

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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!
 
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

  • whisk
  • paring knife
  • rolling pin
  • clean scissors
  • mixing spoon
  • spatula
  • tongs
  • pastry brush
  • melon baller
  • pizza cutter
 
SET UP A GOOD WORK SPACE
  • 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
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
 

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Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
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.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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Anne-B More than 1 year ago
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.