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My young niece has gotten everything she can from her Star Wars cookbook and various recipes I have given her and needs to graduate to an adult cookbook. I am looking for something easy with pictures for each recipe (so she can see what it should look like) and a fairly diverse book is great as she has a refined palate. Any ideas?

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  1. It's not an adult cookbook, but when my daughter was young (early teens) she liked Rozanne Gold's "Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs".

    1. My nieces all love Jamie Oliver for some reason.

      1. I would suggest some of Rachel Rays earlier cookbooks. Yes she is annoying but her earlier books like the 30 minute meal series, her family cookbook and even her kids cookbook are very approachable and many have photos. When my son younger and loved to cook but didn't have the patience for elaborate hours long prep the 30 minutes meals were perfect.

        William Sonomas "Kids Cookbook" is also good

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        1. re: foodieX2

          I was just about to say Rachael Ray as well! I learned to cook through her older books. She has a book that's very kid-friendly called Yum-o: http://www.amazon.com/Yum--The-Family...

          I hope that helps!


        2. Betty Crockers Picture Cookbook....we still use it for reference...


          1. The original Barefoot Contessa book might be nice. Rock solid reliable, pictures for almost everything, a good manageable size -- both physically, for someone not fully grown, and in having an adequate but not overwhelming.number of recipes.

            1. If you have a GOOD bookstore handy, with knowledgeable clerks, that's the best source I can think of. I have a 5 YO granddaughter who's been cooking for over a year now, has learned good knife skills, and was reading at 2nd grade level at the time. The Children's Book department chief at our local store was able to steer me to an HK book (do NOT remember the title, something about 100 Recipes) with quite a few dishes within her existing capabilities, and text that she could easily master with some help.

              In addition to that, however, I had also posted recommendation queries on Powell's Books website and the Parnassus Books website, both of which have sections where you can ask for staff recommendations. Their recommendations all included the one I'd settled on. I don't have either URL handy, but Google Is Your Friend Sometimes.