Sunday, November 7, 2021

~ MMGM COMPLETE BAKING BOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ~
--  'THE COMPLETE BAKING BOOK
FOR YOUNG CHEFS'  --
AUTHORS:  AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN KIDS
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight & Review~
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs: 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes That You'll Love to Bake, Share and Eat!

by:  America's Test Kitchen Kids

A New York Times Bestseller!

From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook for kids comes the ultimate baking book. America's Test Kitchen once again brings their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS!

BAKING ISN'T JUST FOR CUPCAKES!

Want to make your own soft pretzels? Or wow your friends with homemade empanadas? What about creating a showstopping pie? Maybe some chewy brownies after school? From breakfast to breads, from cookies to cakes (yes, even cupcakes!), learn to bake it all here. You can do this, and it's fun!

Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 5,000 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, breads, pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and more
Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen.

Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen test cooks will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

 

WHAT IS AMERICAN TEST KITCHEN KIDS? {from Amazon.com}

At America's Test Kitchen Kids, our mission is to build a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters. We strive to help young chefs understand the hows and whys of food and cooking through our monthly subscription boxes, extensive digital library, and line of award-winning cookbooks.

 

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MY REVIEW:

With the holiday baking season fast approaching, I thought this would be a fun book to feature for MMGM in early November.

I began learning to cook when I was around 10 years old—a long time ago! I realized just how many years it has been when I read this book . . . 😉

I learned how to cut butter into biscuit dough using two knives; this book encourages young cooks to use a food processor. They suggest using a microwave oven to soften ingredients; no microwave oven back in my day so I used the stove. I did use an electric handheld mixer for cookie and cake batter; this book uses blenders, food processors, and an electric stand mixer. I used a colander; this book shows a fine-mesh strainer. They give the option of using a scale to weigh ingredients; I used regular old metal measuring cups. Oh, how the times have changed! 😁

Seriously, though, this book is colorful, engaging, and thorough in its instruction of middle-graders in the kitchen. The photographs, diagrams, recipes, and sidebar tips are excellent. There are quotes from the young bakers who participated in testing the recipes included with every recipe.

There are glossaries for 'Decoding Bakingspeak' and 'What's Up With Ingredients'. There is an 'FAQ' page and a '10 Essential Prep Steps' section. There is a picture glossary section showing 'Tools Make the Work Easier' including knives, bakeware, kitchen basics, small appliances, etc.

And then the delicious recipes begin! There are recipes from different parts of our world and lots of interesting food facts sprinkled throughout the book. Back matter includes a 'Conversions & Equivalents' chart, 'Recipe Stats' with nutritional facts, and an Index.

One other element that caused me to really like this book was that the book includes photos of the diverse group of children who tested the recipes. There are children of different races, ethnicities, genders, along with a child with a physical disability. This book welcomes readers from various cultures to join in the fun of baking!

Highly recommended for families, libraries, classrooms, youth/scouting groups, and aspiring bakers of any age!

I borrowed this book from the children's collection in our local public library.

 

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
  

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5 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a fun book. My daughter had a little cookbook for kids when she was young, but this one looks so much better than hers.

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  2. Just in time for the upcoming holidays. What a perfect cookbook for kids!

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  3. I'm mentoring a young boy who loves to cook. I'm going to get a copy of this one so he can take it to the next level. Thanks for the timely appearance on MMGM.

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  4. Wow—I can imagine a ton of kids would enjoy a cookbook (or "baking book") like this one! It's fun to work on—and I imagine the results would be quite fun to eat too! Thanks so much for sharing this great book!

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  5. I love cookbooks for kids. This one looks great, and, yes, perfect for the holiday season. Thanks for telling me about it.

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