Friday, August 28, 2020

My Very First Cookbook

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 My Very First Cookbook is a tutorial cookbook and recipe collection for the youngest cooks. Due out 13th Oct 2020 from Sourcebooks Explore, it's 88 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

This is an exuberant little book full of yummy healthy recipes aimed at younger kids (circa 4 years+). There aren't any photos, but the illustrations are clear and easy to follow. The book has a logical format an intoduction covers safety and hygeine and getting help from an adult for some tasks. 

The recipes are arranged roughly thematically: breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, dinner, sides, desserts, and bonus deliciousness (philosophical musings about having fun in the kitchen, communication, and creativity). They have their ingredients listed bullet style in the sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only (there's a metric conversion table in the front). Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. The ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. Many are very simple, none of them are overly complex. Extra tips and recipe alternatives are listed in text boxes in the recipes.

This would make a superlative choice for a family with kids or home study units for such diverse subjects as chemistry (what do you think will happen?, how did the food change as we were cooking?), maths (measuring), and others (how does the food we eat differ from the food kids eat in other parts of the world?, how is it similar or the same?). 

Five stars. This is also a great choice for lockdown activity during lockdown.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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