New Favorites for New Cooks Book Review

New Favorites for New Cooks Book Review

Title: New Favorites for New Cooks: 50 Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make
Author: Carolyn Federman
Published: March 20, 2018, Ten Speed Press
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $19.99 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

Carolyn Federman, who is an advocate for teaching food education in schools, has released an excellent cookbook geared to kids. New Favorites for New Cooks: 50 Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make not only has great recipes, but also methods and helps for kids to learn to do basics like How to Wash and Dry Lettuce, and How to Dice an Onion. It also illustrates How to Crack an Egg, as well as How to Separate an Egg; adults may think these are no-brainers, but if we haven’t seen it before, it needs to be taught. There is a section on knife skills, halving an avocado, and peeling a mango – all necessary for beginning cooks.

In the introductory pages, there are suggestions for parents, such as helping kids with safety in the kitchen. And for kids, basic information like reading through a recipe to the end and gathering ingredients before you start. Nowadays, a lot of parents are too busy to cook, and dinner consists of frozen dinners and fast food, which means that children are never taught kitchen and cooking basics. This book will help children (and inexperienced adults) learn the basics of cooking so that they can prepare family meals, breakfasts, and after-school and late-night snacks.

While there are only 50 recipes, the 50 are good recipes that children will want to eat and prepare. They are simple, and Federman has made them easy to understand and follow. Pictures are a must for a good cookbook, especially a children’s cookbook, and this book has excellent photographs and drawings. Also included are fun quotes.

It’s very important for the recipes to turn out, and the Sweet Potato Fries were perfect. The Avocado Toast (a very trendy dish) is easy and yummy, and the Spring Pasta with Butter Sauce is simple enough to appeal to even the most picky of kids. There are some simple vegetables, a skillet chicken dish, and even meatballs in a red sauce. Kids love snacks, and this book has some excellent ones.

If you have children who need some hints on cooking, this is an excellent book. It would make a great gift, and adults who are culinarily challenged may get some help here, too.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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