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Anyone with children will know that childrens cookbooks are usually jammed full of totally impractical calorie laden things that no real cookbook would ever waste paper on. I'm talking Peppermint Creams, coconut coated chocolate truffles in fact anything incredibly sweet that requires negligable cooking.
Thankfully this one is totally and utterly different. For a start there isn't a single truffle to be found lurking within its 128 full colour pages. What is included are simple family meals with step by step pictures to go with each instruction. The recipes are the sort of thing that you eat everyday, they use ingredients most people already have in their store cupboards and most importantly they are fun to make.
The book covers everything from the humble boiled egg to a very impressive Fishermans pie which my six year old managed to make with very little help. It was easily comparable to a Delia Smith special but without the pricy ingredients.
The recipes are incredibly varied covering light snacks, salads, a vegetarian cheese and potato bake, simple bread making, hamburgers from minced beef and pizza with a home made pizza base. They are all hands on which is the part of cooking all children love. There are simple explanations with pictures throughout the book of different types of cheeses and flours, what they look like, why they are different and when they are used. I learnt an awful lot from this too much to my surprise and the demonic daughters discovered that popcorn does not come ready made in packets from the supermarket. Its far more fun the DIY way.
Dinner tonight is a cowboy bean bake packed full of beans specially selected based upon their appearance from the amazing range at Tescos. It really doesn't matter what you use whether its a tin of baked beans and a tin of kidney beans or something althogether more adventurous. You're encouraged to adapt the recipe to whatever you have handy and thats just what we've done. It smells delicious.
Grade 4-6-This dazzling book of photographic cooking lessons for young chefs leaves no one wondering about appearances of food, equipment, or preparation methods. The pages are busy, but clear and unintimidating. Pure ingredients are used in the 44 recipes included and good nutrition is observed. Wilkes's My First Cookbook (Knopf, 1989) is for slightly younger readers. This newer book is for the same audience as The New Junior Cook Book (Meredith, 1989). Readers who have mastered Step-by-Step can go on to the excellent and more inclusive Fannie Farmer Junior Cook Book (Little, 1993) by Joan Scobey.