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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Young Chefs by Christina Dymock

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Title: Young Chefs

Author: Christina Dymock

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Published: June 2013

ISBN: 1462111955

FTC FYI: I received a hardcopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon | Cedar Fort | Books & Things

Book Description:

Kids in the kitchen don’t have to make a mess—as long as they know what they’re doing! Teaching your children how to cook can be daunting, especially when you don’t know where to start. Wipe away your worries with this cookbook made specifically for kids.

Inside you’ll find tips for a variety of cooking techniques, a glossary for common cooking terms, and a book boiling over with recipes written for children such as Peanut Butter Morning Cake, Bobby’s Pork Chops, Pirate Eggs, and Banana Tacos. Along with interesting trivia and a section for needed tools, each recipe outlines which stages require adult help, and each process is broken down into simple, easy-to-follow steps.

Author of 101 Things to Do with Popcorn, Christina Dymock knows the adventures kids can find in the kitchen. Spending cooking time together can only help family relationships. So teach your children the skills found in Young Chefs, and be amazed that your new favorite meals came from the smallest hands.

Review:

My daughter has been wanting me to let her cook for quite awhile now, but aside from a few easy things like Ramen Noodles or macaroni and cheese, I've struggled to really hand over the reigns. She's very competent, but I prefer to have the control so the messes are kept to a minimum. However, when I had the opportunity to be a part of the Young Chefs Blog Tour, I decided it was time to try to work on my issues.

When I told my daughter about the plan, she was SO excited! She checked the mailbox every day, and wanted to get started cooking as soon as the book arrived.

Young Chefs is a really cute recipe book, complete with great information for parents and kids. My daughter and I sat down right after it came and read about learning to cook, cooking terms, and the very helpful information in the how-to section. I really appreciated that there was also some explanation about why things are done the way the book suggests.

My daughter tried several of the recipes in the book, and is excited to try making the rest of them as soon as possible. I need to give some more instruction on good cleanup skills, but she has loved the experience of making various dishes. She and a friend even made the "Perfectly Petite Tea Cakes" the other day without any help from me.

We got a good sampling of the breakfast recipes, and a few recipes from the other sections as well. The instructions were easy for my daughter to follow, and we found most of the recipes to be quite tasty.

I highly recommend Young Chefs to parents with children that are eager to cook.

About the Author:

Christina Dymock graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Public Relations. She has been published in Woman’s World Magazine and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and she is the author of 101 Things to do With Popcorn. She resides in Central Utah with her husband and four children. You can follow their cooking adventures at teachingyoungchefs.blogspot.com.