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Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Kids Only Cookbook by Sue Quinn

The Kids Only Cookbook

The Kids Only Cookbook is packed with 50 simple, delicious and fun recipes containing easy-to-follow captions and 300 photos in a unique cartoon-style to inspire children of all ages to get busy in the kitchen. Original and creative projects will capture kids' imaginations: such as the paper bag breakfast of a bacon and egg sandwich in a paper bag cooked on a barbecue. The kick'n'roll tin can ice cream is bound to be the project of the summer: pack a large tin can with ice and rock salt, insert a sealed ziplock bag containing cream, sugar and vanilla and kick it to the park or the beach...within 25 minutes...homemade ice cream! Kids will also learn as they go along; each recipe contains a culinary technique such as beating, whipping, piping or baking and 'Adult alerts' appear throughout the book and ensure the recipes are all easy and safe to make. This is a book which will become treasured as it helps children to discover the endless fun to be had in the kitchen and to learn skills which will stay with them for life.

The very first page of this book states that this book will help kids get cooking on their own. The book is aimed at children aged 8-12 years but older and younger chidlren will also like the recipes.

There are Adult help alerts through out the bookk where they need to supervise or help lift heavy pans etc. The recipes also have star rating: easy; not too tricky and challenging. There are basic skills included in the book and the book has been organised so that each recipe teaches important basic cooking skills while preparing and cooking recipes which children will love to prepare and eat.

The book is really well laid out, before the recipes is a section entitled 'The bits you must read first' which includes handy tips. how to avoid epic fails, how to avoid a kitchen disaster zone, cooking terms and a useful pictorial page which includes a 'list' of very useful equipment. There is a section about how not to chop off your finger and other useful tips including how to separate eggs, how to use a grater and how to chop an onion.  This section finishes with how to cook perfect rice and pasta.

The recipes are split into manageable steps, the steps are written in easy english and area all accompanied by a photograph. They are introduced by a brief introduction and includes a full ingredient list and approximate servings. The recipes are split into a number of chapters: morning munchies; scrummy basics; when mates come over; puddings and yummies to share; out and about; posh nosh; party time and edible presents. There are so many recipes and is one of those books that you can dip into for inspiration at any time. Most of the recipes include only store cupboard ingredients making it the perfect recipe book to have on your shelf for quick ideas.

I really like this book, it is perfect for both my children to find something to cook themselves or to ask for for a meal. They both have found recipes that they would like to try and liked the layout of the book.

I would recommend this as a great book for young wannabe chefs or for busy mums who want quick recipe ideas for their family.

I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme. 

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