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Tina Nordström’s Recipes for Young Cooks


Author: Tina Nordström
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Cooking / Children
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1706-0
Pages: 112
Price: $16.99

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Kids throughout the ages have always been able to whip up a batch of cookies, but how many have tackled an entire gourmet meal? For those who have always wanted to try, Tina Nordström’s Recipes for Young Cooks gives them the tools to do it.

Before they get started, Kitchen Basics 101 covers what kids need to know to navigate the kitchen. Tools, terminology, and techniques are provided that will help them master the 28 recipes. These are categorized by Good Morning!, Cooking Weekday Meals, Dazzle the Grownups, Hanging Out With Friends, and Sweets. Each recipe covers a two page spread with photos of the finished product as well as ingredients lists and simple step-by-step instructions.

Adults would also find this cookbook useful, since the recipes are for meals enjoyed by all. However, those who don’t have access to specialty grocery stores might be limited in finding some ingredients. Kids can do these (mostly) by themselves, but they might enjoy getting together for a cooking session with friends or preparing a meal with a parent. I highly recommend Recipes for Young Cooks.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, cooking

My First Baking Book / My First Juices & Smoothies

My First Baking Book
Author: Becky Johnson
Publisher: Hamlyn
Genre: Children / Cooking
ISBN: 978-0-600-62966-5
Pages: 128
Price: $9.99

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Baking is so enjoyable, especially when putting silly faces and sprinkles on cupcakes and cookies. Created to be a hands-on experience, these recipes allow kids to have fun in the kitchen. Parental guidance and assistance is essential, since recipes may contain many ingredients or have hard preparation steps.

My First Juices and Smoothies
Author: Amanda Cross
Publisher: Hamlyn
Genre: Children / Cooking
ISBN: 978-0-600-62967-2
Pages: 128
Price: $9.99

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Yummy recipes for juices consisting of: all fruits; fruits & vegetables; and fruits, veggies and dairy/non-dairy milk or yogurt to make smoothies. This book is designed to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies in a way that tastes great and is easy to consume.

Snapshots of the drinks and snacks, as well as the kids enjoying them, accompany the recipes in these vibrant and colorful books.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Ella’s Kitchen: The Big Baking Book

Ella's Kitchen: The Big Baking Book
Publisher: Hamlyn
Genre: Children / Cooking
ISBN: 978-0-600-62844-6
Pages: 192
Price: $19.99

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In the follow-up to Ella’s Kitchen: The Cook Book, this yellow one is chock-full of baking ideas. But it’s not limited to just desserts. Lots of baked lunch and dinner creations are also included.

Ella’s Kitchen cookbooks are designed with children in mind. Kids are actively encouraged to participate in the assembly process, and tips are included, showing which steps are best left to little hands. Full-color pictures of the completed dishes fill the book, along with smiling children’s faces expressing how much fun it is to make and eat healthy food.

Recipes are healthy, low in sugar and salt, and in some cases gluten-free. They also include an abundance of mild spices, fruits and vegetables, designed to tantalize young taste buds and encourage them to eat a variety of foods. If you’re looking for a healthy cookbook that you can share with your kids, Ella’s Kitchen: The Big Baking Book would be a wonderful addition to your collection.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Kitchenability 101

Kitchenability 101
Author: Nisa Burns
Publisher: Kitchenability Press
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 978-0-9856430-0-3
Pages: 176
Price: $17.95

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It’s so easy for college students to be seduced by pizza and burgers when making meal choices. But are they only choosing these fast food options because they don’t have anything better on-hand? In Kitchenability 101, Nisa Burns shows college students that there is a better way to eat, and it’s much easier than they think.

Kitchenability, as defined by Burns, is the ability to make one’s way around the kitchen. In this book, she provides recipes that can be crafted in dorm rooms or small apartment kitchens. Access to a few tools – stove, blender, good knife, etc. – is required, and some recipes are simpler than others.

Why choose a cheeseburger, when you can have a mint and cucumber sandwich? [bread, cream cheese, cucumber slices, and mint leaves] Maybe a chili burrito is more your style? [tortilla, canned chili, salsa, shredded cheese, and sour cream] Or try your hand at one of the recipes that call for some simple cooking, and treat your friends to a nice meal after mid-terms.

Although some of these recipes are a little more complicated than I expected, they look yummy, and are much healthier than anything you might find on campus. If you’re looking to get creative with food and enjoy some home-cooked meals, Kitchenability 101 would be a great “textbook” to keep in your dorm room.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Ella’s Kitchen: The Cook Book

Ella's Kitchen - The Cook Book
Publisher: Hamlyn
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 978-0-600-62675-6
Pages: 192
Price: $19.99

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Healthy eating habits are best acquired when we’re young. Letting kids help in the kitchen is a fun way to get them interested in the meals they eat. Ella’s Kitchen: The Cook Book encourages parents to let their kids touch, taste and smell foods as they get their hands dirty preparing meals.

Not only is this a cookbook, but it’s also filled with photos of kids enjoying their food, as well as images of the interesting dishes presented. Drawings and food facts accompany these photos, and the color palate is as varied as the flavors. Simple, healthy meal ideas use all-natural ingredients and a minimum of processed foods, and the unique combinations create a tasty dish. Fruit is used liberally as a natural sweetener kids will enjoy.

Ella’s Kitchen is known for its healthy organic baby foods. But food preparation done at home can be easy and delicious if you have the right recipes. Encourage your kids to experience the all-natural foods they eat, and be sure to pick up a copy of Ella’s Kitchen: The Cook Book for your own kitchen. I highly recommend it!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Pipper’s Secret Ingredient

Pipper's Secret Ingredient
Author: Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher: Mutt Media
Genre: Adventure
ISBN: 978-0-615-38808-3
Pages: 145
Price: $16.95

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Pipper’s food blog is popular, and her readers expect her to dish up some tasty morsels. But Pipper is stumped, and doesn’t know what her next topic should be. When she meets with her friends, she stumbles on the idea of finding the “secret ingredient” to the best biscuit. They help her make arrangements, and off she goes on a trip around the world.

Unbeknownst to her, Bull Bogus of Bogus Biscuits has sent out a spy, hot on her tail. Bumbles follows diligently behind, leaving chaos in his wake. But Pipper has been warned about Bumbles, and she’s watching for him. Pipper meets some interesting characters and samples some wonderful food along the way. And when she finally discovers the secret ingredient, her friends agree. Her blog is a success, as is her newest enterprise.

Pipper’s Secret Ingredient blends adventure, friendship, and food in delightful proportions. Kids will enjoy Pipper’s travels, while cheering for her to outsmart Bumbles. And everyone will agree that the secret ingredient is perfect, and well worth the search. I highly recommend this entertaining adventure.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Kohl’s Cares For Kids – Cookbooks for Adults

Kohl’s Cares For Kids: Children who eat good meals are happier, healthier, and do better in school, so Kohl’s has also included these books for adults in their program. Each book is only $5.00, and all proceeds go towards kids’ health and education.

Eat This Not That For Kids
Author: David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding
Publisher: Rodale
Genre: Food
ISbn: 978-1605299433
Pages: 320
Price: $5.00 at Kohl’s

Sometimes deciding to eat healthier is as simple as choosing one food over another. In this book, food selections are analyzed for total calorie and fat content, and alternative, healthier options are offered. Items covered include restaurant fare, beverages, snacks and meals made at home.

Campbell’s Best-Loved Recipes
Publisher: Publications International
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 978-1605534671
Pages: 256
Price: $5.00 at Kohl’s

Cooking with Campbell’s soups is a long-standing tradition. This cookbook compiles some of the best recipes using these soups and other related products. But this isn’t just a soup and casserole cookbook. Recipes include breakfast, sandwiches, meats, seafood, pasta, and even desserts.

Crock-pot Busy Family Recipes
Publisher: Publications International
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 1605531847
Pages: 192
Price: $5.00 at Kohl’s

A cook’s greatest time saver in the kitchen is the crock-pot. Just set it up in the morning and come home to a nice home-cooked meal. These recipes are a cook’s treasure chest of tasty and easy meals.