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Dec 3, 2006 11:29 PM

cookbook/kiddo question

My youngest daughter is turning 12. She likes to cook(and eat) a good deal. I'd like to get her a really nice cookbook, but not one that is made for kids. I want one that she can use into adulthood. Problem is I know next to nothing about cookbooks. I get the feeling from the posts I see here that the Joy of Cooking is reputable.

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  1. Joy of Cooking is great, but I think a more modern alternative is Mark Bittman's _How to Cook Everything_. It's a great reference cookbook and a fantastic way to start her collection. I also happen to like the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook for this purpose - although I'd say it's not as comprehensive or useful as a reference as Bittman's book.

    1. I think that either the brand new 75th anniversary edition of The Joy of Cooking or the 100th anniversary edition of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (by Marion Cunningham) would cover more of the things that a 12 year-old wants to cook than would Mark Bittman's book and both of these books also contain enough sophisticated recipes to be useful as she grows older. They are available at at a 40% discount.

      1. Mark Bittman's "How To Cook Everything." I think this is a no-brainer, given your parameters.

        1. I'd recommend a book that will actually teach her proper, professional cooking techniques in a basic, easy-to-use format. Knife skills and prep and cooking techniques form the basis for cooking enjoyment. My choice would be Maran Illustrated Cooking Basics . It's available at Barnes and Noble,,, and others.

          1. I thought of the Fannie Farmer book as soon as I read your post, then saw that poster Nancy Berry had already mentioned it!