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Picture Cookbook: Independent Cooking for People with Special Needs: No-Cook Recipes v. 1: No-Cook Recipes for the Special Chef v. 1 [Perfect Paperback]

Joyce Dassonville , Ehren McDow
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  • Perfect Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Granville Island Publishing (14 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189469452X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894694520
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There has never been a cookbook like this, nor has there been a book that could improve the lives of families with special needs members more than this book has the potential to do. After a futile search to buy a book for teaching her daughter to cook, the author eventually wrote the book she had sought to buy. The first in a series of four cookbooks for budding chefs with special needs including autism, attention deficit disorder, Down's Syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, illiteracy, advanced or young age, "The Picture Cookbook" is the result of the author's four years of efforts teaching her own autistic daughter to cook and bake. The title says it all, but the book is more than a series of step-by-step pictures leading the chef to a proud completion. All aspects of avoiding injury and ensuring success have been cleverly thought through.Using modern kitchen tools, the authors have written recipes that are safe for anyone to use, be they young children, confused adults or people with special needs. Furthermore, for the benefit of teachers and caregivers, instructions on the process of teaching someone to use the cookbook are detailed, as well as discussions of issues that can arise.

The picture index allows cooks to easily spot their favourite recipes without the need to read or understand names. The book boasts lay-flat binding, extensive colour-coding, and beautifully laid out colour photography.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Delivery Great - Book Not so great 29 Aug 2012
By Carrie
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This book arrived was dispatched and arrived very quickly after ordering it and arrived in perfect condition. Very Happy with the service. Unfortunately the book itself is not as clear as I had expected it to be and some of the pictures repeat themselves which make it confusing for my students to follow
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Jan 2011
By seattlesue - Published on
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I think this book is an absolutely fabulous idea but found the execution in this case to be very confusing. I purchased it for a special needs friend for Christmas but felt it would frustrate way more than liberate. I can tell a lot of thought has gone into it, but there are SO many pictures and symbols. A spiral binding would be a huge improvement so it would at least lay flat while the person tries to follow the instructions, but wrestling with the pages and the logic is too much to expect. Just doesn't fill the bill; I'll be returning it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for students with special needs. 22 April 2014
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We use this book at least once a week! It is great to have recipes for more than the basics!
5.0 out of 5 stars Step by Step Guide 21 Jan 2013
By Gwynn A. Gibbons - Published on
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The Picture Cookbook contains step by step no-cook recipes. These are great way to introduce cooking to a child, teen, or adult with disabilities. There are a variety of recipes including breakfast foods, snacks, and cold drinks. I liked the tools that are used in the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars howcasing 51 safe, delicious and fun recipes appropriate for children and special needs individuals 8 Feb 2010
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Showcasing 51 safe, delicious and fun recipes appropriate for children and special needs individuals! wanting to prepare meals in their family kitchen, "The Picture Cookbook: No-Cook Recipes for the Special Chef, Volume 1" is a practical collection of easy-to-make dishes that are presented with directions entirely in pictures. As well as providing multiple healthful, delicious, easy meal and snack suggestions, "The Picture Cookbook" emphasizes all aspects that lend towards independence and safe food preparation practices for special needs individuals. Because of its carefully presented all-photo preparation guide format, "The Picture Cookbook" is an ideal tool to increase independence in food preparation. Even the index, which is divided into breakfast foods, cold drinks, cold soups & salads, sandwiches, snacks and desserts, is completely coded by photos of each recipe along with page number and title. In addition, there is a helpful section titled For the Parent, Teacher & Caregiver that contains many specific suggestions to maximize the learning potential of special needs individuals. Conceived and created by a parent of an autistic daughter, "The Picture Cookbook" is the first volume of a series that is ground-breaking in this category. Watch for the upcoming "Picture Cookbook: Microwave and Convection Recipes."
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