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Sep 6, 2011 01:36 PM

Please recommend a great cookbook for 9-year old girl

I'm looking for a kids' cookbook that promotes healthy choices, ideally low carb, though I don't mind if there are some indulgent classic treats in there too.

Great photography critical!

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Williams Sonoma has a very good series of books called Kids Cooking. My 10 and 12 year old enjoy them.

    Also we like (for a bit more experienced cook) Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin. My 12 year old uses it often.

    1. Any of the books by Alton Brown. AB got my younger children (when they were teens) cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Lots of fun food facts, pictures and science behind cooking explanations.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Sounds absolutely fascinating - do you think it's not too much for a nine year old though?

        1. re: dragonness

          Not at all. Alton is very approachable and his books are alot of fun to use.

          1. re: HillJ

            Wonderful! Putting this on my list! Thanks so much!

      2. For young kids, it's kind of retro but I was really impressed with the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls when mine was little... It's still very favorably reviewed, it seems...

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        1. re: mcf

          mcf, that ones a keeper-I still have my original copy.

          And while I think of it, to the OP food blogs by teens can be found here:

          1. re: mcf

            Thanks, this would be adorable but I'm really put off by their use of pre-made mixes, as mentioned in some Amazon reviews.

            1. re: dragonness

              I'm looking at my copy of Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls and the recipes are from scratch, just very basic (retro) and designed for the very young cook; it might be too basic for your child.

              1. re: HillJ

                Oh, there seem to be different editions out there, thanks for checking your copy! I will definitely look for it. Love the retro aspect!

                1. re: HillJ

                  Thanks, that's exactly how I recall the book I bought 20 years ago for my daughter... For very young cooks, my child liked the story book aspect of "Once Upon a Recipe" too:

                  1. re: mcf

                    Oh, that one sounds great too! My list is growing!

            2. "How to Cook Without a Book" by Pam Anderson, former Executive Editor for Cook's Illustrated, published by Broadway Books, 2000. This book has many basic recipes with variations on a theme. It has 290 pages including the index, and is written in easily understood language.

              Unfortunately, no photos, but that could be a good thing. Photos are usually designed by a pro, and if a first time dish does not look exactly as pictured, a child could be disappointed, and maybe frustrated.


                Maybe for a bit older kid but might appeal to a 9 year old. Light tone, not preachy, lots of explanation.

                Oops - sorry just re-read your post. There are no photos here. So maybe it's not what you want.