The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs: 100+ Recipes that You’ll Love to Cook and Eat

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Gr 4 Up-This cookbook contains over 100 kid-tested recipes and 20 desserts from America’s Test Kitchen and is contemporary eye-candy for middle grade readers and teens. Each recipe includes short testimonials from one of the 750-plus kids who were part of the test group, making the book fun and interactive. The cookbook also features informational sections for new chefs, such as “Getting Started in the Kitchen” and “Conversions and Equivalents.” Taking a stance on nutrition, the work provides a section on “Healthy Eating 101” in the back matter, which includes information dedicated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate system of five food groups. The design of the book is busy and blocky, reminiscent of Pinterest or Instagram, with informational asides and related tidbits with snappy headings. The organization follows a similar tact, including general information-such as how to make a choice the right kid-friendly knife-a number of the recipes, slightly than in the front matter of the book that is dedicated to “Getting Started in the Kitchen.” The pictures are small (there are no full-page spreads) and few step by step photos are included. Younger cooks and emergent readers may feel overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of information contained on a page, as the format every so often fights the procedural and chronological nature of a recipe. VERDICT Despite some flaws, it is a should-have book to update tween cookbook collections-and a great holiday buy, too.-Shannon O’Connor, Unami Middle School, Chalfont, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“The inviting, encouraging tone, which never talks down to the audience; emphasis on introducing and reinforcing basic skills; and approachable, simplified recipes make this a notable standout among cookbooks for kids.” – Booklist, starred review

“What a great way to encourage a child to find fun in the kitchen!” – Tribune

“The perfect gift… Any kid who spends enough time with this book will learn enough to at least make their own school lunches-if not the occasional family meal” – Epicurious

“a should-have book… a great holiday buy, too” – School Library Journal

“Inspiring not just a confidence in executing delicious recipes but encouraging them to build foundational kitchen skills.” – TheTakeout

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