From the creators of NYT Bestseller The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, America's Test Kitchen and an army of kid recipe testers, this awesome new cooking collection will get 5 to 8 year olds (and their grown-ups!) into the kitchen doing fun food projects together!
My First Cookbook will inspire the youngest chefs to enter the kitchen, empower them to cook, and engage their creativity--plus they'll have fun doing it. From simple after-school snacks, family meals, and holiday celebration recipes, each beginner recipe is developed by America's Test Kitchen Kids before being kid-tested and kid-approved.
About the Author
It is the mission of America's Test Kitchen Kids to build a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters and curious experimenters.
Every recipe is kid-tested and kid-approved.
We take kids seriously and enable them to become 'heroes in the kitchen."
We're healthy(ish) with classic recipes balanced by plenty of veggies and lean protein. We want to inspire a healthy relationship with food from an early age. Celebration recipes are always lots of fun in the kitchen too. We welcome mistakes and encourage learning how things work, blending perfectly into STEAM activities for all.
"It's been said that good cooking is an art form. The truth is, it's much more than that. It's a way to teach vital 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. It invites kids to make connections to the broader world by asking, 'Where does our food come from?' and 'What is the history of this recipe?' And it allows them to apply what they are learning in school in a new context... Of course, the best part of cooking with kids isn't the STEM skills or even the life lessons. Cheesy as this might sound, it's the memories you make together in the kitchen." -- Molly Birnbaum, Editor in Chief of America's Test Kitchen Kids, Time Magazine (December 2019)
"It's not like there are no other cookbooks for children on the market, but what makes My First Cookbook a standout is its production by a publisher who not only tests all recipes to present the best version, but explores the testing process and why that recipe works better than others. This cookbook differs from adult collections, though, in that it focuses on preparation equipment and methods as much as the recipe itself, walking kids ages 5-8 through the process of each of 60 recipes that encourage math and science knowledge, kitchen skills development, and knowledge about ingredient choices... Lovely contemporary color photos of kids in the kitchen make for a collection that is further vetted by thousands of kid testers, making for a 'best of the best' collection that should indeed be the first cookbook a parent gives to a child." -- Children's Bookwatch
“This starter cookbook has the old standbys—English muffin pizzas, baked chicken fingers, M&M cookies—but also a few surprises, like cheesy pupusas, smashed cucumber salad, and zucchini fritters. It's a cook-with-them-book, but the recipes turn out so good you'll want to eat with them too.” -- Men's Health