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Kids' First Cook Book - Dorling Kindersley

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Dorling Kindersley / Hardcover / 80 Pages / Book is published 1999-05-20 by Dorling Kindersley

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      03.12.2009 21:00
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      Great way for kids (big and small) to get into cooking!

      My mum bought this book for my younger sister when it was first published, around 10 years ago to encourage her to take an interest in cooking. My sister has always been a fussy eater (particularly about tomatoes - no ketchup, no pizza - weird I know!) and my mum thought if she made something herself she wouldn't turn her nose up at it. I don't know how much my mum paid for it back then but it is now priced around 7.99 on Amazon.

      The book itself is quite large - around 35cm x 30cm with a hard back cover and has about 30 pages. On the cover are pictures of the kinds of things that you can make with the recipes in the book. All the pictures on the cover and in the book itself are life-sized, which is why the book is so big! Inside the book each double-page spread has a recipe on it. Each recipe has a list of ingredients, as you would expect, except that they are pictorially represented. For example, if to make a cake you need 3 eggs, then in the ingredients section there would be a colour picture of 3 life-sized eggs. The same with cherries, butter etc. This I think is a really nice feature as it makes it very easy for the child to follow. Below the ingredients is a box containing pictures (not in colour) of the utensils you will need (e.g large bowl, wooden spoon etc). This takes up one of the double pages. The second page has instructions on how to make the dish. The instructions are written in very simple English with no technical terms so that a child will be able to read it themselves. Each set of instructions also has a picture illustrating that particular step. There is also a large (life-sized) picture of the end result so you know what you're aiming for.
      There are a variety of sweet and savoury recipes, including a chocolate dinosaur cake, fairy cakes, party pizzas, bread, cheesy potato boats, mini quiches and ice-cream sundaes to name a few. Each recipe has a kiddy twist, for example the pizzas will be decorated with vegetables to form a face, the bread was made into animal shapes, for example a hedgehof or snail. My sister spent many hours making things from this book (with help from mum) and delighted in eating them (including the pizzas with tomatoes!). Our family favourite was the chocolate brownies, which we still make to the same recipe today.

      Overall I think this is an excellent book and a great way for parents and children to spend some time together. The recipes are very child friendly and easy to follow not to mention tasty! My sister was able to follow the recipe independently the whole time, with mum keeping a watchful eye and helping out with the chopping (and washing up of course :) ) . Highly recommended!

      also posted on ciao as tecnomars

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