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!
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 Kidstir.com. 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