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Maw Broon's Cooking with Bairns: Recipes and Basics to Help Kids [Hardcover]

David Donaldson , Catherine Brown
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Book Description

1 April 2010
"Maw Broon's Cooking with Bairns" is aimed at helping children master basic cookery techniques while learning to cook. The 46 recipes are clearly presented in simple steps each of which is illustrated. Any basic techniques used in the recipes are shown separately in a special section with their own illustrations. Most recipes are laid out on two facing pages for clarity and each recipe has a 'You will need' box and a 'Before you start' box. The recipes used by Maw Broon and the Bairns are planned and written by Catherine Brown - experienced food writer, cook, broadcaster, lecturer and grandmother. She believes it is important to teach children the basic techniques of cookery and to build on these skills. The recipes are organised in six sections following on from a first section entitled 'Basic Techniques' that is dedicated to the basic skills the children will acquire as they work through her recipes. For example, the 'Plate of Broth - Meal in a Plate' section will start with a recipe for Lentil and Bacon Broth and the basic skills of how to peel a carrot, how to slice an onion, and how to chop bacon required for this recipe can all be found with step-by-step illustrated instructions in the first section. It includes: Piece and Jam - and other snacks; Plate of Broth - soups and broths; Dinners - meat, fish, veggies, salad main courses and puddings; High Teas - main course with baking; Baking Session - oven and girdle baking; and a bit of fun - sweeties, drinks, sundaes and baking without heat. It title features: 46 recipes with step-by-step illustrated instructions; recipes and techniques that are clearly explained; notes on ingredients/extra material in a special feature called 'CB's Tips'; recipes prepared by an experienced and leading food writer; and a strong emphasis on 'Don't give up if you fail first time. All the best cooks and chefs fail and it's fun to eat the results! It includes extra material dedicated to The Broons - Scotland's best-loved family who have appeared in "The Sunday Post" since 1936.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Waverley Books Ltd (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902407997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902407999
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 2 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Catherine Brown grew up in Glasgow, her mother's home town, but also spent much of her early life in an east coast fishing village where her father's family lived. Two very different food cultures which provided vivid food memories of distinctive Scottish food traditions. They sparked her quest to celebrate and develop the potential of Scotland's rich and varied larder. She has been a chef in hotels, a teacher, a researcher, a journalist as well as a presenter of STV and Grampian TV's Scotland's Larder. She became the Guild of Food Writers' Food Journalist of the Year in 2001 for her investigative food columns in The Herald (Glasgow). She now divides her time between a small village in Perthshire and an even smaller one on the shores of Loch Torridon.

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Fun, varied and traditional.. Youngsters will love the colourful, light-hearted look of the new book. --The Sunday Post

About the Author

Catherine Brown is an experienced food writer, cook, broadcaster, lecturer and grandmother.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I'd never before tried a haggis burger but this cookbook shows you in clear and easy steps how to make a haggis burger, how to make a clootie dumpling, how to make mussels, how to make a lot of snacks and main meals that I have previously thought were a bit of bother. But then I am someone who tends to eat out of a plastic dish, once I've removed the clear cellophane lid... Although I probably won't be the person this book is aimed at, in that I don't regularly cook with kids (they're grown up now) I found this really useful for me. And I loved the jokes, funny bits and history on Scottish food. As Oliver said, can we have some more? I haven't tried out more than a couple of recipes but it got me back into the kitchen and making stuff - which is quite something!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show the Bairns some fun 6 May 2010
This book was purchased to keep the set complete, BUT it reminded me of some of the good times you can have in the kitchen letting the Bairns work things out and see the results, it also introduced me to some dishes I didn't know. GREAT FUN!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good For Big Bairns Too! 2 Jan 2011
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I have bought all of the Maw Broon's cookbooks so far and, despite being an adult, this one is my favourite. The book is beautifully produced with vintage Broons comic strips and all of the usual humour you would expect from the series.

What I particularly like about this book is the fact that the recipes are typed, I found the handwriting hard to decipher in the other Maw Broon books but this was much easier to read.

Onto the recipes and they range from very simple to more complicated, good old favourites like stovies are given a twist by being made with chicken and a plain old burger is a haggisburger instead. My favourite recipe is the one for tablet which turned out lovely and was a big hit with all of my family.

My one criticism of the book is that some of the recipes are a bit old fashioned like marzipan fruits. I don't think the recipes are all child friendly either as I doubt if you would trust a kid with a pan of boiling sugar to make tablet. It is a gift I would happily give to a nostalgic adult who loves the Broons or an older (10+) child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catering success 22 Dec 2010
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This is a great product and draws me back to my childhood days in Scotland. We are looking forward to educating our born in England grand-children in the art of real and traditional food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookery Book for Kids 13 April 2013
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Kids and Nana love this book.
Great way of introducing children to cooking skills.
My family have bought book for their own children (3copies)
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