The Everything Kids’ Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg

Hi everyone! Sorry for being away for so long. Almost done with this semester of school and I’ve been working hard trying to get everything caught up and a bunch of research done! Although this is late for Thanksgiving (sorry again!) I still wanted to post about a couple of cookbooks for kids that I have discovered. The first one is The Everything Kids’ Cookbook 2nd Edition by Sandra K. Nissenberg, M.S., R.D.

The Everything Kids’ Cookbook 2nd Edition by Sandra K. Nissenberg

One of the great things about this cookbook is that it introduces kids to cooking; safety tips, terminology (different directions found in recipes, ways to manipulate food, how to measure ingredients, etc.), and nutrition information (food pyramid, how to read a nutrition label, etc.).

Another great feature throughout this book are the games and activities for kids to do. Word “Scrambles,” fill in the blanks, etc. This may be a book you will want to either a) photocopy pages out of or b) purchase in order for a child to fill in the blanks themselves.

The recipes include difficulty levels, pictures of instruments needed to create the recipe (with their corresponding definitions, if it is not obvious, found in the first chapter), tips, vocab words to know (from cooking terms to foreign words having to do with cooking and eating), as well as fun facts and food trivia. Recipes include fun breakfast foods (like Poppin’ Popovers), lunches (like Mini Pizza in a Flash), snacks (for example, Parmesan Pita Chips), dinner recipes (like fettuccine alfredo with chicken (or not!)), sides (like sweetened baby carrots), deserts (like graham ice cream sandwiches), drinks (like grape ice delight), and some seasonal dishes (like Halloween spider bites). It has a little bit of everything for even the pickiest eater.

The recipes, also, are very basic. This is not a cookbook for adults for children: most adults will find the recipes very simple and obvious. It is literally meant for kids to use (with adult supervision, of course). The author has given the most basic recipes for kids to get their “cooking feet” under them and become masters of some very fun and easy recipes that everyone will enjoy eating.

The only negative I have found with this book is the listing of tools with each recipe. 1) Not all tools are always listed. 2) You often forget what the symbols are and must refer back to the glossary at the beginning of the book to remind yourself that this particular symbol is a dry measuring cup or a mixing bowl, etc. Not a huge deal (and most kids will probably know what the symbols mean better than parents), but it can get a bit irritating. It really does teach you, though, to prepare everything before you begin cooking. Other than that, I wish this book was in a hardcover format, but the soft cover makes it more affordable. I just am a believer that cookbooks should be in the most durable form out there :-D.

A fun book for those novice chefs in your life, it will help them build their recipe box and their confidence in their cooking skills.

Quick Facts:

Author: Sandra K. Nissenberg, M.S., R.D.

Series: “The Everything…” series includes many titles geared towards children in topics not only about cooking. Other cookbooks, though, include “The Everything Kids’ Gross Cookbook” and “The Everything Kids’ Cookbook 1st Edition.”

Publisher: F+W Publications, Inc. Avon, Massachusetts.

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