My Very First Cookbook: Joyful Recipes to Make Together! by Danielle Kartes, pictures by Annie Wilkinson


My Very First Cookbook: Joyful Recipes to Make Together! by Danielle Kartes, pictures by Annie Wilkinson. Sourcebooks Explore, 2020. 9781728214191

Format: ARC (10/20 pub date)

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? I remember looking for children’s cookbooks that had recipes that my adult palate would savor, but that my kids would also like. This cheerful cookbook fits the bill. It’s filled with simple staple breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, as well as easy snacks, beverages, sides and desserts. Clear lists for equipment, ingredients and alterations abound. The recipes I tried resulted in solid, tasty eats, and I can imagine kids expanding their food repertoire by having the experience of making the Sheet Pan Fajitas or Superstar Guacamole. Each opening is accompanied by art showing an animal grownup and young working together happily. The art is very sweet, using gentle mid range hues. After the recipes are several sections designed to add humor and love to the cooking experience: puns, activities, family talking points, and pages on which to write your own recipes.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Most recipes require most of the work to be done by the adult. Also, all dinner entrees are meat-based, so vegetarians might look for alternative sources.

To whom would you recommend this book? For families of young children, ages 4-10, who enjoy cooking together.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries. This would also make a lovely gift.

Where would you shelve it ? 641

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 22, 2020

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