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General Cookbook for an 11 year old

harryharry Apr 10, 2013 10:37 AM

I'd like to buy a cookbook for an 11 yr old, she loves food, I was thinking of How to Cook Everything - but not sure...I think for sure it needs lots of pictures.

  1. PotatoHouse Apr 12, 2013 07:43 PM

    The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It is a very good first cookbook.

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      foodieX2 Apr 12, 2013 09:34 AM

      My son is 11 and the ones he uses the most are

      Joy of Cooking

      The orginal 30 minute meals-rachel ray

      Better Homes and Gardens Kids cook book

      Ina Garten Back to Basics and Foolproof

      1. jmckee Apr 12, 2013 09:22 AM


        I used this to help my son understand cooking and learn how when he was young. I've not seen any better.

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          ItalianNana Apr 12, 2013 02:05 PM

          Thank you for this great suggestion. My granddaughter who will be seven in June just asked for a cookbook. Nana just ordered it brand new for $11.34 including shipping from one of Amazon's links. Will make her and her mom matching aprons. Perfect gift!

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          ChiliDude Apr 12, 2013 06:17 AM

          How to Cook Without a Book: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart by Pam Anderson.

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            Hobbert Apr 12, 2013 05:27 AM

            When my brother moved out of the house, I got him Food Network's "How To Boil Water" and he enjoyed it. It has tons of pictures and provides a good amount of food information. It's an easy starter cookbook.

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            1. re: Hobbert
              harryharry Apr 12, 2013 01:48 PM

              Wow, your brother moved out of the house when he was 11? :-)

            2. grampart Apr 11, 2013 10:06 AM

              My wife thinks this one is the way to go since her daughter learned from it many years ago.

              1. lizetteorama Apr 11, 2013 09:50 AM

                One book that doesn't have pictures but is really cool is Michael Ruhlman's "The Elements of Cooking." (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743299787/ref=nosim/ruhlmancom). It's like a glossary of ingredients and techniques. It's really awesome.

                Another great source could be the America's Test Kitchen series. There are color photographs of every dish and there is an introductory paragraph that explains why a recipes works. I have this one and it's great - http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Americ...

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                  jcattles Apr 11, 2013 08:13 AM

                  I've been buying my 12 year old cookbooks for the last couple of years. She likes to bake & got Pie in the Sky for Christmas. It's a cookbook written for high altitude baking (we live at 7200 feet).

                  Recently she has been reading my cookbooks. Two of my favorite are Twenty & Ratio both by Michael Ruhlman. I would give them to every home cook I know.

                  When my nieces were getting into cooking, I bought them subscriptions to magazines like Taste of Home, Cooks Illustrated, Gourmet. & Food & Wine.

                  I tend to stay away from "kids" cookbooks, but that's just because my kids have been cooking with me since they were little.

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                  1. re: jcattles
                    HillJ Apr 11, 2013 08:17 AM

                    I agree, beginner books (of nearly every age) are better reads than books aimed specifically at children/teens/college kids. Mostly because the recipes tend to run, run of the mill and more in line with what an adult would be teaching ie burgers, pizza, sandwiches.

                    As long as the language used is straight forward, a beginner cookbook is helpful to use as a guide. Visuals like photos, illustrations, before & after shots make learning fun.

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                    Nyleve Apr 11, 2013 07:03 AM

                    This: http://www.amazon.com/Clueless-Kitche...

                    1. Kris in Beijing Apr 11, 2013 06:35 AM

                      How about a classic-- the red plaid covered Better Homes & Gardens?
                      It's "real food" and written in a fairly direct manner.

                      There is also a Step-by-Step:

                      1. jpr54_1 Apr 11, 2013 06:19 AM

                        My first degree from college was as a Home Economist.

                        American Home Economics Association puts out a small book-
                        Food Preparation.


                        It gives the basics plus recipes

                        1. tcamp Apr 11, 2013 06:03 AM

                          I got this book for my 11 year old - he enjoys cooking and eating so although the book is aimed at teens, a younger cook with some experience can easily enjoy it.


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                            sr44 Apr 10, 2013 07:38 PM

                            How much food prep has she done, and what is the food environment around her?

                            1. grampart Apr 10, 2013 01:30 PM

                              No pictures, but Fannie Farmer sure got me off on the right foot.

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                                ferret Apr 10, 2013 10:58 AM

                                This one is awesome. Beautifully done and comic-book like photo sequences (very step-by-step):


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                                  HillJ Apr 10, 2013 11:53 AM

                                  My niece loved that cookbook, ferret.

                                  When my son was younger he enjoyed the cookbooks by Alton Brown. http://altonbrown.com/books/

                                  1. re: HillJ
                                    ferret Apr 10, 2013 01:20 PM

                                    Phaidon, the publisher of What to Cook also put out Ferran Adria's books including this one which had a similar step-by-step photo layout:


                                    And it's decidedly un-molecular gastronomy (it includes a potato chip omelet). If you click on the photo links they have sample pages.

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                                    harryharry Apr 10, 2013 02:54 PM

                                    What to Cook How.... Looks great! I love Phaidon books - but it's out of print and I don't have time to order it - so need to find one that Barnes and Noble might carry.

                                    1. re: harryharry
                                      ferret Apr 10, 2013 03:17 PM

                                      Jane Hornby has a "Fresh & Easy" version of the book that's still in print.

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                                        HillJ Apr 11, 2013 06:43 AM


                                        B&N carries it.

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                                          MidwesternerTT Apr 12, 2013 05:19 AM

                                          HillJ's link is for a used version that would need to be ordered, but my local BN has it in stock - hope your's does as well.

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