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the kid's cookbook
a great book for kids who love to cook!

by Abigail Johnson Dodge, Chuck Williams
Illustrator/Photographer: Leigh Beisch
Book designed by Anne Galperin

      Ever Heard A Reviewer Rave?

Here's the Kids Cookbook That Teaches and Is More Fun Than A Cupcake

Reviewers aren't supposed to rave. Like some breeds of dogs -Great Danes and Labrador Retrievers, for instance- we are supposed to maintain a modicum of dignity. Like those very same breeds, we occasionally forget ourselves and get a little goofy. This is one of those times for me.

Here is a book that will bring the kid out in anyone.

Here is a book that will bring the cook out in anyone, including, of course, kids.

Here is a book that will teach. It's meant to teach kids, but it certainly taught me a thing or two. Sorry if I'm showing my ignorance, but I didn't know the French term mise en place. Now I do, and I had fun learning it.

Here is a book that is illustrated so well you'll want to frame pictures for your kitchen. The back cover is a birthday cake with Crayolas for candles. If you don't want to frame it, you'll want to eat it.

Here is a book for kids 9 and up, though I think well-supervised kids much younger will enjoy it. I perched my son on the edge of our kitchen counter when he was only five or six and let him take over the duties I hated. Why not?

Here is a book with a glossary of terms I'd wish I'd known before I started cooking as a young bride. It also includes an equipment glossary (complete with illustrations).

Now don't you want to know how to make cupcakes baked in ice-cream cones (the perfect answer to environmentalists), the homemade ice-cream sandwiches, or even the crispy cheese quesadillas?

This review comes with a warning (do not show this part to the kids): The recipes all have healthy ingredients if you give the dessert section a break for some sugar here and there.

The Book

Oxmoor House Inc (distributed by Sunset Books) In association with Williams-Sonoma
Hardback, spiral bound
Kids 9 Up Cookbook
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The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a chapbook of poetry titled Tracings, winner of the Military Writers Society of America's Award of Excellence and named Top Ten Best Reads by the Compulsive Reader. She is also the author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books including The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, the 2004 winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year and Irwin awards.
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