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My 7 year old vegetarian wants to learn to cook vegan meals. She's quite the "foodie" and is enthralled with the beautiful images in the book. We're excited to learn to cook vegan food together using this well designed cookbook. Made a great gift!
The recipes could be awesome (I haven't tried them yet) but I was hoping my 7 year old grandson would be motivated to select what he would like to try, and expand his eating habits.
I know everyone is different, but I (and my grandson don't remain interested with cookbooks with missing photos, photos that are not visible when the book is open to the recipe, and some photos are not labeled.
Photos are great motivators to read and try a recipe, but a wall of text on both visible pages, without photos, means that recipe is unlikely to get any attention. Granted, most recipes have photos, but they are not always labeled, and sometimes require turning pages forward or backward to find them.
The book needs better organisation, with all photos labeled with name and page number and being visible when the book is open to the recipe.
I got this book for my 11-year-old daughter for Christmas. She loves it! She actually sits down and reads it, excited about planning meals. The recipes are worded well enough that I do not need to be in the kitchen helping her. Every recipe she has prepared so far has come out spot on. A great collection with good variety that is basic and not too overwhelming for kids. Very well done book from safety to ingredient planning that is ideal.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 19, 2020
OK, so let me start by saying that I get annoyed when I go to a vegan restaurant or get a vegan cookbook and a large number of the choices have vegan cheese or vegan butter or vegan sausage, or whatever. If you love non-vegan foods but you have a goal to avoid killing animals, I guess that's fine, but I'm more interested in eating things that are naturally vegan. Yes, cheese is delicious, but there are lots of very good foods that don't need any cheese at all and I'd rather do one of those than make a pizza with fake cheese. Perhaps you disagree, and that's fine, but that's my opinion. My other disappointment with this book is that it didn't feel especially geared toward novice cooks so much as it is geared toward kids who want foods that aren't "too weird". There are mentions here and there about "make sure you ask your parents before you..." and it doesn't assume you know TOO much about cooking, but I think it needs more pictures *showing* the process or at least it should really spell out how you do each step. Stuff like telling you to cover something before sticking it in the microwave, for example. It probably mentions that somewhere, but I would like it to be in each recipe that microwaves. The recipes are very simple to follow if you know your way around the kitchen, but a kids' cookbook should assume the chef knows nothing. I do like that a lot of general tips are really clearly spelled out in the beginning of the book, but that assumes kids are going to read the beginning of the book and not just jump into a recipe.
So... a few quips--I'm not in love with this book. However, it isn't bad. As noted, the recipes will, for the most part, seem pretty familiar to most kids and should cater to those who are perhaps transitioning to an animal-free diet. In that regard it does well. The preface is also encouraging to kids who may feel interested but unsure. Points for that. Older kids should do fine following the instructions.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 15, 2020
While "The Vegan Cookbook for Kids" advertises that the book is for ages 8 to 12 and is a book of vegan recipes, the foods that the book helps us make are so tasty and so healthy that I recommend the book for all ages above 8. The volume has 50 recipes for all meals and snacks and for a variety of tastes. Its photographs of the plant-based foods are attractive. There is a 17-page introduction that gives good information that will help vegan and non-vegan consumers. There is a measuring conversion chart, an index that makes it easy to find items, information about resources, a list of vegan substitutions for items such as milk, eggs, mayonnaise, yogurt, butter, and honey, answers to frequently asked questions, a guide to lots of vegan cheeses, and much more. The recipes go beyond ingredients. Included are prep time, cook time, equipment needed, step by step moves that are necessary, and fun facts about the food. Examples of food recipes are: breaded no-chicken nuggets, breakfast tacos, egg-like tofu breakfast sandwiches, fruity sheet pan pancakes, cream bacon and pea pasta, sloppy joe casserole, sweet and sour tofu, spaghetti and beanballs, Korean-inspired barbecue bowls, peanut butter-coconut cookies, and PB&J ice cream pie. My wife and I are not vegans, but we enjoyed many of the recipes in this book.