Complete Children’s Cookbook – Book Review

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Complete Children's Cookbook Book Review

Title: Complete Children’s Cookbook
Published By: Dorling Kindersley, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4654-3546-0

Complete Children’s Cookbook is just one of the books included in DK Food and Drink Boutique.


Complete Children’s Cookbook

Complete Children’s Cookbook includes more than 150-delicious dishes children will want to make and eat!

This cookbook is more than just recipes for children to prepare – it is a learning tool which will teach them basic cooking and baking skills and how to work in the kitchen safely.  The recommended age range for this book is children from 7 to 10 years of age (with adult supervision).

The first section, Before you Begin, introduces:

  • Healthy eating (including kitchen hygiene and safety)
  • Tools and equipment (an image for each and every item used in the book)
  • Ways to cook (includes preparing ingredients)
  • Ways to bake
  • Cooking rules (includes how to follow the recipes in the book)

Next we have the recipes which have been organized into 9 different chapters:

  • Breakfast
  • Soups and Salads
  • Light Bites
  • Main Meals
  • Desserts
  • Cakes and Muffins
  • Cookies and Bars
  • Bread
  • Party Time

Some of the recipes included are:

  • French Toast
  • Rainbow Salad
  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Tomato Soup
  • Apple Crumble
  • Mini Muffins
  • Blueberry and Sour Cream Cake
  • Pizza Squares

Complete Children’s Cookbook focuses on safety and has implemented a visual warning symbol to remind the young cook each time a step in the recipe could result in injury (i.e. hot pot/sharp items/using electrical equipment). Whenever there is a “Safety in the Kitchen” step the warning symbol (a red triangle with a white exclamation mark in the center) will be included, to remind them to be careful.

You can see the warning symbol used in all four images below:

Four Ways with Kebabs - Complete Children's Cookbook Review

Every recipe includes step-by-step photo examples of the actions the young cook will need to follow in order to create their dish.

Sunflower Loaves - Complete Children's Cookbook Review

The instructions are in an easy-to-follow format and the supportive images demonstrate visually what needs to be done.

Tomato Soup - Complete Children's Cookbook Review

Colorful and fun to browse through…with so many different recipes to choose from – your young cook is sure to find one they want to make.

Mint Chocolate Pots - Complete Children's Cookbook Review

Although Complete Children’s Cookbook is geared toward children it is also a fantastic resource for anyone who wishes to begin cooking, or baking. The step-by-step photos take the guesswork out of the written instructions and make this an easy-to-follow cookbook for all ages. Bright and colorful, the photographs included may also inspire children to try foods outside their ‘comfort zones’; to take a more active role in the kitchen at an earlier age and as a result, to become more competent adult cooks.

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  1. What a great book!! Would love to get for our Son (he is a Chef!),,for his Daughter…she & Daddy could cook together!! 🙂

  2. This looks like a great book for simple food for nibbles when you have friends over for a bbq or as an entrée and the kids can do it and be proud to impress the grown ups.

  3. Forget the kids this is perfect for me!!
    When the girls come over for drinks! Lol

  4. I might have to get this to try to get my finicky eater trying new things! Thanks!

  5. This looks like an excellent book. My children are grown, may be right for some of the younger grandchildren. Thanks.