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Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids Hardcover-spiral – Sep 30 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Spi edition (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312377797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312377793
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cooking Fun will have mothers fondly recalling their early culinary adventures and will introduce a younger generation to the delights to be had in the kitchen. The title says it all---it's as fun as it is easy, and each recipe will have you turning the page to try the next.” ―Eileen Goudge, author of Otherwise Engaged and Something Warm from the Oven

“To be able to cook empowers one's creativity and resourcefulness. Cooking Fun is a lively and charming encouragement for kid-friendly cooking and feasting. Bon appetit!” ―Edward Espe Brown, author of The Tassajara Bread Book and coauthor of The Greens Cookbook

“NYC mom Rae Grant embraces a retro sensibility in Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids, with letterpress and collage illustrations inspired by cookbooks of the 1920s and '30s. Throwback recipes include, in addition to those already mentioned, Ohio Sloppy Joes and Sunny Day Cheese Biscuits.” ―Time Out New York

“This may be the best cookbook for kids I've seen-and we see a lot of them around here. Grant has conceived a beautiful, easy-to-read book, with recipes written in crystal-clear prose and precisely logical steps. A monkey could make you dinner from Cooking Fun. Which means your little monkeys should have no trouble at all.... Thanks to Grant, a new generation of cooks can explore that exciting, unchartered territory called 'the kitchen,' and discover the tasty magic of food cooked by their own hand, with simple dishes such as Grandma's Cinnamon Toast, Chicken and Rice Soup, or Pigs in the Poke (hotdogs with popover batter). Cooking Fun is a companion book to Grant's Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids, which was released at the same time and has the same brilliant simplicity of organization.” ―The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

“How nice to see new versions of old and simple kid-pleasing recipes. Most have three or five ingredients, with nary a cutesy name. The book's retro look complements the comfort level of the recipe directions.” ―A Best Gift Cookbook Pick of 2008

“The recipes are not only easy, but also simple. Few have more than five ingredients, and none requires processed food, unless you count hot dogs or American cheese. It's all comfort food, if 'comfort' means making everyday life a little more agreeable.... Bottom line: Any grown up cook would want his kid to love this book.” ―San Jose Mercury News

“Grant is a book designer, collage illustrator, and author, with a background in letterpress printing and bookmaking. To that end, this book-which pubs simultaneously with Grant's Crafting Fun-is inspired by vintage cookbooks from the 1920s and 30s with classic American recipes and illustrations.” ―Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf

“Kids love to cook, and this cookbook offers nutritious recipes that are easy enough for them to do much of the work. Learning how to cook will help them develop a lifelong appreciation for food, and will even encourage them to eat healthier, especially if it's a dish that they themselves prepared. The book includes basic information, like how to set a table and read a recipe, and tips on kitchen safety. Vintage-style illustrations recall books of the 20s and 30s, and give this cookbook an irresistible charm.” ―

About the Author

RAE GRANT is a book designer, collage illustrator, and author. Her background in fine letterpress printing and bookmaking established her reputation for designing high-quality illustrated books. Rae lives in Manhattan with her daughter and husband.

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HASH(0xa6a78c00) out of 5 stars great inspiration for your childs next meal April 21 2009
By Sonoma mom - Published on
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We have a toddler at home, and this book if a wonderful resource for us, the parents who know how to cook, but who need simple reminders of what little kids actually like to eat.And we were tired of cooking frozen processed food for our baby that he loves but we knew we could do better.So now we can turn to any page and be inspired to fix a wholesome meal for the entire family. Our usual meals were overly complicated for his tastes, but this books offers wonderful ideas that we can very easily embellish to meet our more grown up tastes, although the recipes are very lovable on their own. We couldn't put it down the first night we got it. And the step by step instructions are actually nice reminders of how to get back to basics. Its also a great gift for any family with young kids.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bc777c) out of 5 stars Useful, cool book Oct. 9 2008
By Petithall - Published on
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First off, this book looks great-- visually, all that stuff. Retro, but in the nicest possible way. The recipes start simple, but they offer additions that grow in complexity. There are also unusual ideas we'd never thought of (like avocados on whole wheat bread-- yum) and the things with potatoes are really cool. Well designed, useful, and what kid isn't curious about food?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ded9c0) out of 5 stars grea new book! Oct. 10 2008
By J. Harquail - Published on
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I heard about this darling book on the radio and went right out and bought it for my kids. It has everything a beginning cook needs to get started in the kitchen; simple healthy beverages (as well as homemade chocolate sauce for chocolate milk), classic meals, lots of simple veggies, and great quick breads, cakes, and cookies. It even has a "how to measure" and "terms for cooking " in the front section and tips for having a green kitchen. The pictures are vintage and the recipes are clear and simple to read. My kids love being able to make their own snacks. Great idea and great value.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bc2744) out of 5 stars Wonderful gift for a child you love Nov. 4 2008
By C. Ullman - Published on
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I bought this book as a gift for my 11 year-old daughter. She was initially skeptical, being more inclined to want electronic gadgets, but was quickly captivated and excited by the gift. It is an extraordinarily beautiful book, somehow combining old-fashioned imagery with a modern visual intensity. Once you pick it up and start looking at it, it is hard to put it down. As a cookbook, it is perfect for beginners. The book is spiral bound and lies open on the table while you cook, and the pages are sturdy enough for a young chef's hands. The recipes are simple, appealing, varied, and often nutritious. There is a section at the beginning that explains common cooking terms and techniques in simple language. There is a section at the back where your child can collect additional recipes for her or his collection. The book includes a table of measurement conversions (how many teaspoons in a tablespoon and the like), and another that offers substitutions for various ingredients. In short, everything you need! I highly recommend this cookbook for children from toddlers to early teens, and think that you will enjoy it as much as your child will. My daughter is resolved to make very single recipe in the book (except the peanut butter cookies), and I look forward to helping her with the project. This book explains cooking so clearly, however, that she may not need my help at all!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa60bdf60) out of 5 stars best cookbook EVER! March 17 2011
By J. Andrews - Published on
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Not only do my kids love everything we've tried from this book, but, I find myself referring to it more often than my basic Betty Crocker cookbook! I have several "kids" cookbooks, but this one, by far, is the best! The recipes have a classic, old-fashioned feel, are easy to prepare, and all are things my kids would actually eat! You won't be disappointed with this book!