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Dorling Kindersley
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781405308434

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Children's First Cookbook

Annabel Karmel - Author

Dorling Kindersley
Hardback : 07 Jul 2005
4 - 7 years

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Gourmet Voice :Silver Medal 2006

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Scrummy scrambled eggs, baked potato mice, easy peasy cupcakes and smoothie shake ups – make a child’s first time cooking in the kitchen fun and easy with Annabel Karmel! From sweet treats to simple family meals, young children will love trying out the exciting range of tasty and healthy recipes.

  • Contains clear step-by-step instructions and fantastic photography
  • Encourages parents and children to bond in a fun, interactive way
  • Teaches new skills such as counting, measuring and weighing

Annabel Karmel uses her years of experience to bring the grown-up world of cooking to a child’s level - exploring food and cooking is not just about eating, but a playful activity and a way to learn new skills. With easy-to-follow instructions, Children's First Cookbook is the perfect starting point for any budding young chef!

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4 stars Review by: kieran b geary, 10 March 2009

'Quite a good book, all of the recipes turned out good. Especially the ripple rasberry cheesecake.'

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Annabel Karmel is a trained Cordon Bleu cook. She appears regularly in the media, and is a bestselling author on cooking for toddlers and babies. She is an expert in devising tasty and nutritious meals for children without the need for parents to spend hours in the kitchen.

Here she talks about her first cookbook for children, aptly named, Children's First Cookbook.

Are you pleased with Children's First Cookbook?
Yes, I set out to write recipes that are fun, look and taste fabulous, yet are easy enough for children as young as four to make. Every step is photographed with short simple instructions so it is very easy to follow.

What are the benefits of teaching children to cook at a young age? Do you find involving children in cooking makes them more excited about eating?
Children love to cook and cooking with your child is a terrific way of bonding. It's also educational as they are learning many different skills like counting, measuring, weighing and understanding time - all without noticing.

Getting children involved in the kitchen is also a great way to motivate fussy eaters. Children will eagerly tuck into something they have prepared themselves and take great pride in watching someone else enjoy their food.

One of the most successful children's parties that we had was when my daughter invited her friends round and before they could tuck into their tea, they had to make it themselves. Simply choose six recipes from the book, divide the children into pairs and let them have fun making up the food with a little help from you. Have your camera ready for some memorable moments.

Do you think it's important that children know where their food comes from and how it's produced?
Yes, very important. Even lots of adults have no idea how fruits and vegetables like pineapples, sweetcorn, pumpkins or cranberries are grown. Also, how are foods like Rice Krispies , Cornflakes and Tomato Ketchup manufactured, how is Honey made by bees and what is chocolate made from? One day I would like to write a book about this.

What's an easy way to get extra fruit and vegetables into children's diets if they don't eat their meals?
There are three delcious smoothies in the book - Peach Melba Shake Up, Coconut Dream and Summertime Smoothie. There are also ice lollies made from pureed fresh fruits. Whole fruit in a fruit bowl may not be eaten but if you cut up fruit and thread it onto skewers it is much more appealing. The book shows how to make fruit skewers with a delicious fruit dip.

As for vegetables, you can blend them into a tomato sauce and serve them with pasta so that they are invisible or how about mashing potato with other vegetables like broccoli and piling them back into a baked potato. There is a cute way to present baked potatoes as mice with whiskers and tails in the book.

Do children under five need five portions of fruit and vegetables a day?
Yes they do but the portion sizes are smaller. It's easy to include 5 a day in your child's diet eg: fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit with cereal for breakfast, fruit smoothie, raisins, dried apricots, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes. cooked peas or broccoli, chicken stir fry with vegetables etc...

Quick questions:
Who is your favourite author?

Jane Austen

What is your favourite book?
I have several: Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden, Birdsong - Sebastian Faulkes , Music and Silence - Rose Tremain, Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach

What is your idea of happiness?
Being with someone you love

Where in the world would you like to be?
I like New York and my books are becoming really popular now in the US so I spend quite a bit of time there

How would you like to be remembered?
She didn't want to die because she loved eating so much....

Product details

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781405308434
Size: 216 x 276mm
Pages : 48
Publication date: 07 Jul 2005
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Children's First Cookbook
Annabel Karmel - Author
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