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Please recommend a great cookbook for 9-year old girl

dragonness Sep 6, 2011 01:36 PM

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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    madisoneats Sep 6, 2011 03:31 PM

    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.

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      HillJ Sep 6, 2011 05:04 PM

      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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        dragonness Sep 7, 2011 07:04 AM

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

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          HillJ Sep 7, 2011 07:13 AM

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

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            dragonness Sep 7, 2011 07:18 AM

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

      2. mcf Sep 6, 2011 05:09 PM

        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... http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betty...

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          HillJ Sep 6, 2011 06:07 PM

          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:

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            dragonness Sep 7, 2011 07:03 AM

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

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              HillJ Sep 7, 2011 07:14 AM

              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.

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                dragonness Sep 7, 2011 07:17 AM

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

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                  mcf Sep 7, 2011 07:27 AM

                  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: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Recip...

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                    dragonness Sep 7, 2011 07:33 AM

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

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              ChiliDude Sep 7, 2011 07:38 AM

              "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.

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                Nyleve Sep 7, 2011 02:53 PM


                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.

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