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Subject: Beginner Cookbook
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 11:28 AM ET
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My granddaughter is getting to the age where she wants to do more cooking from recipes.  I have found some simple ones online but would like to give her a cookbook of her own for Christmas this year.  Can anyone give me some ideas of a good beginner cookbook for her??? 

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 12:45 PM ET
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How old is she? And does she cook much at all around the house?

One of our grandaughters was interested in cooking at age 12 (from watching the TV shows). She was "insulted" by kids'  cookbooks! She jumped right in to the regular cookbooks---nothing gourmet or complicated, for sure, but regular adult cookbooks, in the "quick and easy,"  or dinner-in-30-minutes-with 5-ingredients kinds of books that are so popular now. In just a year or two, she is now cooking from the magazines like Bon Appetit and Rachel Ray.

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Date Posted: 9/9/2010 12:57 PM ET
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She is 12 years old...she does some cooking at home now...but most of it is from the box kind of stuff.  She helps stir the cookie dough and wants when I make other things.  I have tried to go slow so she can understand what I am doing and I have also let her do some simple kind of recipes but now she wants to make harder stuff...she also doesn't like the kiddy type books...says they are for babies not her.   She has helped with putting together chicken dinners and has made hamburgers on the stove with me standing near by to make sure she doesn't get burned.   I don't think she is quite ready for Rachel Ray but something kind of in between. 

 

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 1:04 PM ET
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There is one cookbook author (I think she's on TV too) named Sarah Lee, or Sally Lee? (It's almost the same as the frozen pastry brand)

Her books feature recipes that use many already-prepared ingredients, like spaghetti sauce from a jar, and are very simple and quick.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:43 PM ET
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Do you think she'd like this one?  I learned to cook with a Betty Crocker cookbook and this one seems like it might work, or at least be helpful, to a beginning/younger cook.

Betty Crocker's Basic Cookbook

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Date Posted: 11/13/2010 9:38 PM ET
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Try the Precious Moment's Cookbook.  It's great for any age and it also lists menus and is broken down into occasions/parties, etc.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 12:45 AM ET
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A really great "basic" cookbook covering everything from fruit to nuts:  The Good Housekeeping Cookbook.  I can't even count the number of copies of this one I have found and given away.  She can do everything from that book - basics all the way to gourmet.  And The Good Housekeeping Step By Step Cookbook is terrific also.

Katz



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Date Posted: 12/18/2010 7:40 PM ET
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I have a couple of books I would recommend for your daughter. This is wonderful that your daughter is learning to cook and is interested in cooking. There are so many young girls out there who have no idea how to cook and are not interested at all. My son's girlfriend was never taught how to cook. At least my son knows how to cook most basic recipes.

Try these books: The Absolute Beginner's Cookbook: Or How Long Do I Cook a 3-Minute Egg? :: Eleanor

                              The "I Don't Know How to Cook" Book: 300 Great Recipes You Canā??t Mess Up! ::

The second book sounds like it's for someone who doesn't know how to cook, but it really is for someone who does.

Good luck and I hope you find something for your daughter.



Last Edited on: 12/18/10 7:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1