Kids Cook Dinner

23 Healthy, Budget-Friendly Meals from the Best-Selling Cooking Class Series

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Pub Date 30 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
Storey Publishing, Storey Publishing, LLC

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It's kids' cooking night—and they’re in charge of making dinner! This selection of 25 easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes from the best-selling Cooking Class series teaches kids how to make tasty, healthy meals with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos. The recipes feature a range of kid favorites, including Popcorn Chicken, Easy Cheesy Quesadillas, Pasta with Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella, Black Beans & Rice, Pizza, Meatballs with Creamy Sauce, Super Sliders, and Supper Salad have been specially selected for their budget-friendliness (averaging $2 a serving) and use of easy-to-find pantry staples, as well as their nutritional value. With instructions on basic cooking skills, like chopping vegetables and stir-frying, grocery shopping, and kitchen safety, Kids Cook Dinner offers aspiring chefs ages 8 to 12 everything they need to know to successfully—and proudly—put a healthy, homecooked meal on the table that the whole family will love. 

It's kids' cooking night—and they’re in charge of making dinner! This selection of 25 easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes from the best-selling Cooking Class series teaches kids how to make tasty...

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What a great little cookbook! On the recipe front, there are plenty of kid-tastebud-friendly options in here, and they all look to be the kid-appropriate in terms of complexity of execution. The recipes as written are well structured, clearly laying out what ingredients are needed for each part of the recipe, how those ingredients need to be prepped, and then the execution steps are nicely illustrated with pictures. I feel confident my 6th grader could pull these off on her own, and my 3rd grader could pull these off with some assistance. What I especially love is that beyond the recipes, this book includes some good Cooking 101 lessons, in addition to general Home Ec lessons that will serve kids well when they go off on their own and need to budget, plan, and shop for themselves as young adults. Highly recommend this book, and I suspect it will be one of my favorite gifts for tweens.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and Deanna Cook for the eARC in exchange for this honest review.

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This was an excellent kids’ cookbook. I love how the beginning was devoted to common cooking techniques and verbiage, and that they discussed labels and costs of meals. The meals were a great variety that included kid favorites like nuggets and quesadillas, while also bringing in a variety of new and flavorful choices. The pictures were great quality and very helpful.

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An awesome, purposeful book. The purpose? Empower young chefs to the basics, encourage adults to include young chefs, and description and steps for basic recipes.

Will thought out, great pictures that correlate, thoughtful recipes.

I highly recommend getting this, the author has met the intent here superbly.

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5☆ A Delicious Children’s Cookbook.

Kids Cook Dinner is a fun cookbook that has a great selection of easy to follow recipes, that are delicious and healthy.

What I loved about this book is that at the beginning of the book it gives children a really good insight into what techniques and methods go into cooking. Ie, safety in the kitchen, chopping, whisking, peeling, juicing, stirring, toasting to name a few.
It also looks at food labels, how to read them, tips on how to save money when shopping and conversion charts.

Each recipe is simple to follow, has step by step methods using pictures and text which is so important as it helps children visually see what to do if the text is a little difficult to grasp. For me that is so important. As it means all abilities can benefit  from this beautiful book.
Some of the recipes include ; Cheesy bean Quesadillas, Black beans and rice, Pizza night, Shakshuka, Chicken Curry, Beef Empanadas, Popcorn Chicken, Meatballs with Creamy sauce, Fantastic Fish Tacos.

Overall this delightful children's cookbook is  fun, engaging and would make the perfect gift for a budding new cook. Thus book would be perfect for children aged 7+
However the younger readers will need some help or supervision with some of the tasks.

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This is a great instruction book for kids. I love the fact that they go over basic safety and kitchen etiquette first and then tackle food prep.. They offer step by step pictures for each recipe. There are great recipes for kids in this book! I highly recommend this to homeschoolers for starting to teach you young kids how to navigate the kitchen and learn to cook.

I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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Such a fun book! Great book for first time future chiefs in the kitchen. I love all the bright colors and easy to follow step by step instructions!

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Easy, kid friendly dinners for children to both eat and cook. Wide variety of different dinners and types and written clearly with simple and easy to follow instructions. I particularly liked the introduction where it focuses on the techniques used for cooking, cost of meals, as well as how to read food labels.

Each recipe has clear instructions accompanied by photos, which is great for visual learners, and the techniques used are very child-friendly. A great resource to empower children and build their confidence in the kitchen from an early age

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Fun and clear!!

As a person very passionate about introducing kitchen to kids, I was super happy to come across this.

Very clear instructions and easy for kids to follow.

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This is a great book for 8 - 12 year old children learning to cook.

It starts with the basics (ask permission, read instructions, wash hands, measure ingredients, etc).
Then it explains:
* the difference between chopping, dicing and mincing
* baking, roasting and stir-fry
* the difference between a simmer and a boil
* wet and dry measurements
* how to read a nutritional label
* how to create a shopping list and compare prices in the grocery store
* much, much more!

The book then gives 25 easy, child friendly recipes with with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos.

Absolutely written for children. A great book.

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Great book for kids starting to branch out in to cooking, lots of easy to follow recipes and great pictures. Simple language used perfect for children. A great Christmas present.

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Kids Cook Dinner is a fabulous book for kids to start on the adventure of cooking. The first part offers some cooking techniques, also safety in the kitchen and there are some tips for saving money when you go shopping groceries and help you to understand the nutritional label of the products. I really like the recipes and the instructions are easy and clear for kids to follow. My boys have fun cooking Dinner!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in6 interchange for my honest review.

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I love this children’s cookbook. I don’t think I will be making anything from it but I felt the recipes are easy enough that my teenagers could make them without my assistance. That is always a plus. Hope to see more books like this in the future.

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Great book!
That's exactly how I learnt at the time. The recipes are realistic for chidlren to make, they learn all the basics and the recipes are short and easy to understand.
There are some brilliant dinner recipes and I wish it also included breakfast and other recipes because it's really ideal for children.

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This was a great cookbook and I really enjoyed reading through the recipes. I definitely found some that I will be making.

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What a perfect cookbook for 8-12 year olds, or even younger with some assistance.

I found it to be well planned out ~ from the lessons, to the safety tips, to the well written recipes with pictures, to the money saving tips.

Lessons ~ some kids might not understand all the leg work that goes into preparing their meals each day. The author gives excellent insight by including kitchen rules, prep work and various cooking skills.

Safety ~ this was an important lesson, especially since this book might be used by kids that are just learning or for those that need to brush up on their skills.

Recipes ~ with 25 options, there was a nice variety for any member in your household, even picky eaters. The recipes were easy to follow and the pictures were a big help to ensure every step was completed properly.

Money saving tips ~ as someone who is thrifty and has an accounting degree, I really liked this lesson. It never hurts to find ways to save money in this day and age and it’s never too early to learn about them.

My daughter made us Popcorn Chicken for dinner last night all by herself. She found the recipe easy to follow and it tasted excellent! The texture of the chicken was perfect!

I definitely recommend this well written cookbook for aspiring young chefs to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to prepare a meal for a family.

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My 16 year old (ASD) made a meal for our family out of this cookbook. She prepared the pasta with tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella; corn and black bean salad; and popcorn chicken. Because there are photos of every step she did everything without help except cooking the chicken because the oil made her nervous. I would recommend this book for children 7-14 or older if they have ASD like my daughter. I plan on buying a finished copy when it becomes available.

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Thank you NetGalley, Deanna F. Cook and Storey Publishing for the copy of Kids Cook Dinner. This is my personal review.
What a great book! From first page to the last this book will make any kid want to make dinner for the family.
The recipes are easy to make, budget friendly and the step-by-step photos make it perfect for a beginning cook. Along with the easy-to-follow recipe the author has given information on food and cost of making a dish.
I think this book will be perfect for any parent who home schools their children.
This book is just the perfect gift for a beginning chef. The ease of picking what they want to make and to be able to follow the recipe from start to finish will make them proud of the meal they make for the family.
I can see this cookbook on the shelves in many homes.

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Kids Cook Dinner is perfect for those apt children who love helping in the kitchen and have their minds set on making dinner ALL BY THEMSELVES!

My own Little has been helping us in the kitchen for years and is always thinking up new meals she can make for us and asking to cook alone. We've browsed so many children's cookbooks and have tried so many recipes but nearly all of them require the help of a parent.
Kids Cook Dinner not only shares twenty-five easy-to-make, budget-friendly meals, but it starts out teaching and showing kids everything they need to know about getting started, kitchen safety, food safety, how to budget for and buy groceries at the best price, how to build a nutritional meal, and more so that they can confidently create a meal for themselves or their family.

This cookbook includes a fantastic array of recipes for delicious snacks and meals that are loved by many. Photographs paired with step-by-step instructions help kids successfully maneuver cooking on their own.
The 'Think Spring Rolls' are perfect for this time of year but our favorite from this book (and the Cooking Class series altogether) is the beef empanadas! Sooo good!

I personally loved how much great "adulting" information there is in this book! If you want your children to grow up well-rounded and independent enough to safely cook for themselves and others, this is the perfect addition to your household library!

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My three children really enjoyed trying out the recipes in this book.

We have a small budget, so it was great that we didn't have to go and buy expensive spices and other ingredients. It also seemed much healthier and cheaper than buying pre-prepared items..

We especially liked the quesadillas, the curry, the meatballs and the burgers (sliders). It was also great to learn an effective way to cut avocado.

The instructions were well laid out and the book was illustrated with vibrant photographs.

I will definitely recommend this to other mums, as it is a valuable resource for encouraging children to cook independently and try new meals.

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