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Cookbook for kids by kids

August 26, 2019
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

By Amy Phelps

Kids can learn about cooking through a new cookbook written by their peers with "20 Recipes Kids Should Know" by Esme Washburn (age 12) and photos by Calista Washburn (age 17.)

In the book are 20 simple recipes that older kids can do on their own with little help and younger kids can do with a bit of parental assistance. There are seven chapters: Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers, Mains, Sides, Desserts and More, that break down the chapters, with 2-4 recipes in each chapter.

All of the recipes are easy to follow and the directions are written out step-by-step. The variety in recipes is pretty kid-standard, there are pancakes, mac and cheese, breaded chicken, pizza, mashed potatoes and chocolate chip cookies to name a few favorites, and there are a few more experimental recipes, like black bean soup and hummus.

My 14-year-old made the Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe. She loves baking like her mother, and did pretty well measuring and using the Kitchen Aid. She always looks forward to frosting, and aside from the two of us arguing how much frosting needed to be in-between cake layers, everything came together very well. Everyone who tried the cake loved it, her step-father thought it tasted like an Oreo cake, her step-sister was ready and waiting for a piece as soon as it came out of the oven, and her sister said she liked the cake but doesn't like cream cheese frosting.

"20 Recipes Kids Should Know" is published by Prestel. It is $16.95.

Amy Phelps is the book editor for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. You can contact her at



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