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20 Recipes Kids Should Know

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The perfect book for children, this fun and engaging cookbook is written and photographed by a pair of young sisters for budding chefs.

Whether they're helping stir cake batter or producing their own YouTube cooking channel, kids of all ages are getting
increasingly busy in the kitchen. This cookbook features twenty classic recipes that are fun, healthy, adaptable, and easy
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Prestel Junior
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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My 85-year-old father buys Aunt Jemima scrambled egg breakfasts because his home economics education was so sorely lacking that the only two things he can cook are chili and beef stew. Don't let this happen to the children in your life!

This cookbook starts with basic terms and information that all young cooks need, and I appreciated that the author cited the sources of some of her recipes in the notes. The instructions are very complete, which is suitable
Vera Godley
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I came from a line of wonderful cooks but didn't spend much time in the kitchen myself as a child growing up. However, in my preteen years the local gas company held cooking classes for kids and my mother encouraged me to attend. I did and they also gave us a children's cookbook. It held basic recipes that gave a "kick-start" for a child to begin learning how to measure and how to cook a variety of items. It was a bit heavy on the dessert side in the line of recipes. They also showed us how to s ...more
Elizabeth Reid
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Knowing this was written by teens made my kids want to try their hands at making these recipes. Read my full review of this cute cookbook here: ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Solid! This is the type of cookbook an "adult" like me appreciates. I don't cook, but I can actually make these. (Although, I'm currently sustaining life off a diet of Pringles, sweet tea, and applesauce. BONUS: my milk to cereal ratio is SPOT ON!)
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This colorful book of recipes for children has clear instructions for simple food made from scratch. Each recipe includes a little blurb from the authors about why they love the food and how their parents or grandparents taught them to cook.

The photographs are beautiful, with bright colors and mouth-watering food on every page.

This cookbook includes recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers, Main Dishes, Sides, and Desserts. With easy recipes for pancakes, omelettes, grilled cheese sandwiches, hu
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Esme and Calista Washburn are sisters. Esme is a middle schooler and amateur chef who learned everything she knows from her grandmother. Calista recently graduated from high school and is a budding photographer and is always willing to try Esme’s recipes. The two of them have teamed up to make a simple cookbook for preteens to begin getting comfortable in the kitchen. But, frankly, I liked using this cookbook just as much as a kid would.

The cookbook includes all the basic categories of food incl
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Why we chose this book:
T likes to help out in the kitchen and I'm looking for ways to include him more. When the opportunity arose to review this cookbook, I was quite pleased. A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Mom and Son's Review

We haven't tried anywhere near all of the recipes, but what I've found is that the simplicity of everything is working well for us. There are a handful of recipes in each category (breakfast, main dishes, etc.); T recognizes the food in almost
Sarah Monsma
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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We're foodies in my family, so my kids were always interested in cooking. However, although they would ask for help when stuck, mostly they wanted to pursue their own cooking endeavors rather than learn from their parents. I wish this book had been around when they were young! Unfortunately, when my kids were ready to begin their cooking journey, the author of this book, Calista Washburn, hadn't been born yet! She wrote this book when she was twelve.

I can't say enough good about this book. The r
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I received a free physical copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A cookbook for kids by kids!

Esme Washburn first learned to cook from her grandmother when she was very little. She read cookbooks like they were chapter books but noticed a trend with children's cookbooks that included more sweets and simple desserts than actual cooking for kids, so she decided to create one herself!

She has put together twenty easy but delicio
Jenn Belden
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a large format cookbook laden with pretty, full-color photos, colorful headings and clear, easy-to-follow steps.

12-year-old author/chef Esme Washburn has broken down the recipes into the categories of Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers, Mains, Sides, Desserts, and More. (The “More” category has two for bread – popovers and a basic bread recipe.) Each category has 3-4 kid-friendly recipes; the Breakfast category, for example
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
20 RECIPES KIDS SHOULD KNOW is written by children, so it's appealing for children. The recipes include ones that any child will love such as mac and cheese, pizza, apple pie, and so much more! It's broken down into sections, so it's easy to find what you're looking for. There's Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers, Main, Sides, Desserts, and More! The More section teaches the basics of baking bread and I think it's a skill all would-be cooks should learn.

The writing is done by 12 year old Esme and the
Kristi Bernard
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If kids want to get involved by helping out in the kitchen cooking, this guide is a great way to get them started. The introduction at the beginning teaches kids safety tips, measurements and a glossary of cooking techniques. Kids can read proper procedures for boiling, chopping, whisking, kneading and more.

The recipes here are designed to make preparations and ingredients manageable so that kids can learn, be confident and prepare great tasting food. Some of the delicious recipes are mac and ch
Two BookWorms Blog
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The pictures are simple and uncluttered. They will make your mouth water, despite not having all kinds of garnish or frills. It was also pretty handy to have the recipe open on a book stand and printed in a font that was easy to read while I worked.

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Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book design, explanations of terms, photos, recipes, large format. Give to a kid or a cooking-challenged adult like myself. ;-)
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a wonderfully crafted cookbook for kids, created by kids. The Washburn sisters, Esme and Calista, have put together a fantastic and engaging book that will inform and inspire. Esme has included an awesome variety of accessible recipes, from dinner staples to desserts and more, and she presents them in a way that isn’t daunting or overwhelming. Her detailed instructions and tips make each recipe easy to follow and will give kids the cooking confidence they need. Cal ...more
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