Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids
I cannot seem to keep good cookbooks in the library at our school. Kids love them. I shouldn't be surprised. My 9 year old is a huge fan of any cooking show she can find on TV. She is also one who checks out cookbooks often. Even though she doesn't make much from the cookbooks yet, she spends lots of time reading about how to make different dishes.
I was thrilled to get a copy of THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK FOR KIDS from Marshall Cavendish a while back. My 9 year old got her hands on it and I just found it in her room again! She had trouble giving this one up.
I can see why she loves this cookbook. The first International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio focused on cooking from China, France, Italy, and Mexico. This 2nd book focuses on cooking of Grece, India, Thailand and Brazil.
This is a well-done cookbook and one that I could see using myself. The recipes are not easy--they are pretty complicated dishes that don't look like they would necessarily show up in a kids' cookbook. But the author makes the recipes very accessible to kids who are serious about cooking. The information is very detailed with instructions on how to cut things embedded right into the recipe. Most recipes have a large photo showing the final dish. Several categories are included--appetizers, salads, noodles, vegetables, potatoes, main dishes, desserts, etc. There are also sections on safety, cooking terms and utensils.
For children who are serious about cooking or who are interested in foods from these countries, this is a great book with a huge amount of information along with lots of great recipes.