First off, or disclosure’s sake, I’m going to let you know that we did not buy Teen Cuisine, we won it in a drawing from iFood.tv, and we’re certainly glad! It’s 200+ pages of recipes, information and tips, all aimed at the young, learning chef. The recipes included are a step-up from basic in complexity and flavor.
This cook book is perfect for a pre-teen, teen or young adult who is looking for a way to fancy up their cooking repertoire and learn a few things in the process. Although a younger child could, with assistance, prepare some of these recipes, they are designed for cook with a bit of experience under their belt.
Two of my favorite sections of this book are the Kitchen Essentials and Kitchen Equipment and Utensils sections. The Kitchen Essentials contains a list of ingredients that are used in the recipes throughout the book. It provides a brief description of each item, including the less familiar ones like Spelt Flour, Tomatillos and Chervil. The Kitchen Equipment and Utensils section, as the name indicates, is a list of lots of cool kitchen stuff. The list includes basic essentials, like Baking Sheets and Spatulas, along with a few specialty items, like a Fondue Pot and Juicer.
The kids and I have tried a couple of the recipes from the book: Crisp Oven Fries and Not-An-Ordinary Grilled Cheese Sandwich. We’ve actually made the fries more than a few times cuz they’re so good—seriously tasty OVEN-BAKED fries, totally true. We’re planning on posting more on both of these recipes, but for now, we’ll just say we liked ‘em.
If you have a super picky eater—and hence, a super picky teen-chef on your hands—the recipes in this book might be a bit adventurous for them. These recipes are for a palette that likes variety, or at the very least, to try new foods. But, the book might also inspire them to become a bit more daring in their food selection and get them to branch out, you never know.
To see more reviews or get yourself a copy, check it out a Amazon.com.
Happy Family Cooking Everyone!
Kelly, Alex and Sophia
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