First Cook Book (Usborne first cookbooks) Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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It still sits on by kitchen bookshelf today, it's one of the best and most used books I've got. If you want a recipe, then you go there first, Cheese Soufle, Pancakes, Pizza, Biscuits, you name it, it's in there.
Great for planning parties, or even for just planning a simple (or more complicated) meal for the evening.
If I ever lost mine, I don't know what I would do, it's been the best present that anyone ever bought me!
I have been using the recipes in the Usborne cookbooks for the last 20 years- and they are still as great as anything I have found in any other cookbooks!To top it all off, it only cost £3 in the first place! Definately recommended for adults and kids alike!
All the recipes are for four people and have appealing, colourful illustrations with busy mini-chefs getting stuck in!
Some even have flags of the country of origin, to add to the education side!
The book commences with sections entitled:
* Before you start
* Things to remember (which includes safety advice)
and ends with:
* Handy hints
* Preparing vegetables
* Cooking things
along with a glossary.
Recipes vary from very easy to more complex.
Although there is no actual indication of level of challenge, it is easy for an adult to assess based on their own child's age and ability, in my opinion.
The very last page is an alphabetical index of recipes.
Each recipe is clearly laid out, with a list of ingredients, oven settings-if applicable, and a step-by-step method. Some recipes are over a 2-page spread, some have `Handy Tip' boxes and some include `helpful notes`, sometimes in speech bubble format, e.g.:
A soufflé looks impressive but is surprisingly easy to make.
Soufflé means 'puffed up' in French.
The soufflé puffs up and becomes lighter as it cooks because it contains whisked egg white, which has a lot of air in it.Read more ›
Even at 23 this book still has excellent and relevant recipies for every occasion.
Such an excellent cookbook. Some of the recipes are quite complicated but the instructions are clear. The book states when children should get an adult to help them, but if a child is reasonably competent and sensible in the kitchen he or she should be able to do everything without adult help.
My brother and I used to make the iced spice biscuits and double the recipe, cutting out and cooking half and eating the rest of the dough raw! There are so many recipes in the book I haven't made, but I really enjoyed flicking through and reading the instructions, with the cute little pictures. The eggy bread and Welsh rarebit recipes were also favourites. I still haven't attempted souffle but when I do it will be this book I turn to. Because it's a children's cookbook the recipes have to be absolutely foolproof, and they are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some marks on book but this was made clear at point of order. So pleased I found this copy of a classic!Published 20 months ago by Keithy
Got this for my son-in-law. He's a teacher and has just been given the job of teaching his young charges how to feed themselves if Mum isn't around.Published on 24 Jun. 2014 by Kim Bridge
Bought for daughter at uni as has some recipes we've been using for years. Great price and it made her laugh!Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by penname
I had this book as a child so was pleased to see it and buy it for my daughter. HOwever, when I received it the book was dirty and scribbled on inside. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Caroline S
Bought this for my grandson. He will soon be a brilliant chef aged 10. Great cook book. Highly recommend this book.Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by Mrs. J. L. Devereaux
Great little book, lots of good recipes. Usborne books always seem to hit the right spot. Would recommend this to everyone.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by LMH