Monday, April 30, 2012

Nonfiction Monday: How Cooking Works

I gushed a few weeks ago about DK's earlier cookbook, Cook it Together, and now I'm delighted to see another excellent kids' cookbook!

The book opens with an introduction that explains how to use the book and basic tools and safety. Then we're on to the goodies, divided up into four sections: "Start the day," which includes breakfasts, "Super Snacks," "Main Meals," and "Sweet Stuff."

The book's advertised "learn about the science of cooking" never really materializes. All the recipes include brief question and answer format factoids - why use oil for frying? why does granola brown when it's cooked? Why do we shake salad dressing? but there's not really much science.

But, with a book that teaches kids how to make vegetarian moussaka, marinated lime chicken, pea and mint soup, and cookie variations that include parmesan and pumpkin seed, apricots and cinnamon, and tomato paste and pine nuts, who cares?

I love the way the recipes include variations - which is rather scientific if you think about it - so the kids can experiment with the ingredients and the tastes. Like all DK books, it's heavily illustrated with excellent photographs and full of tidbits of information and yumminess!

Verdict: Purchase this one right away and watch the kids get cooking!

ISBN: 9780756690045; Published January 2012 by DK Publishing; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

1 comment:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Looks like a luscious book. Will check it out. :)