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Apr 10, 2013 10:37 AM

General Cookbook for an 11 year old

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.

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

    6 Replies
    1. re: ferret

      My niece loved that cookbook, ferret.

      When my son was younger he enjoyed the cookbooks by Alton Brown.

      1. re: HillJ

        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.

      2. re: ferret

        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

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

            1. re: HillJ

              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.

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

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

            1. 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.


              1. 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