Kids Only Cookbook: FreddoWe do not, as a rule cook cakes, and desserts. Main meals are a doddle. My kids help regularly with stirring a risotto, or breading the chicken – but stirring a cake, or cutting out cookies….

Well, that happens in other houses.

Once, I managed to even mess up making shortbread – it melted.

This review opportunity seemed too good to miss as it was a Kids Only Cookbook which meant that even I was likely to be able to manage the recipes without causing a major cooking “situation.”

Here is a video of one of the recipes from the book to give you an idea what can be done…this is one of the more ingenious ones…making ice cream from a tin can!

More importantly, it was Brad’s birthday, and the kids wanted to make him a cake.

They searched the book, and discovered the Awesome Chocolate Cake..and a plan was made.

What is it?

A colourful cook book written to get kids hands on in the kitchen. From main meals, to desserts, and most things in between. It has great pictures for each step of the recipe, coupled with simple instructions on how to use the book and a three star rating system for each recipe. Three star = hard. One star = easy. Simples. The book introduces the right cookery words for the kids – aimed at 7+, but my son is six and found it fine. ¬†There are even little alerts dotted about the book to show you when you need to get an adult more closely involved. To be honest, though…I was on hand with my six and seven year old all the time…except when it came to the decorating of course.

What did the kids think?

They loved it. The recipes are easy to follow – my daughter read everything that we had to do herself and by and large was able to follow the instructions with little input. My son needed a bit more help, but his attention span, is well – limited ;-)

Here is a bit of advice from daughter and son on the cake…and most importantly, why they decided not to use the electric whisk to beat the cake, but to opt for the more labour intensive hand whisking…

We wanted to make it as handmade as possible

What did mummy think?

A great way to encourage kids in the kitchen – with simple to follow recipes, helpful photos and tips along the way. You aren’t going to be able to leave them to it until they are a good bit older than mine, but its a start :-)

Kids Only Cookbook: This is it

Overall – 8/10

What do you think? Did it work?

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We were sent this book for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.

Helen

Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also helps other organisations with their social media and blogging strategies, including working part-time as a community manager with Truprint. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.