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Book Review: The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book – 110+ Recipes for Young Bakers by Food Network Magazine

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Book Review: The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book – 110+ Recipes for Young Bakers by Food Network Magazine Editor, Maile Carpenter

The ultimate kids' cookbook for beginner bakers, from the editors of America's #1 food magazine and bestselling authors of The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook.

This collection is packed with tons of recipes for easy sweets and treats, designed with young cooks in mind and triple tested by the chefs in Food Network Kitchen.

Kids will get all the info they need to make their favorite desserts: muffins and quick breads, brownies and bars, cookies, cupcakes, sheet cakes, and more. The recipes are simple to follow and totally foolproof, and each one comes with a color photo and pro tips to help junior chefs get started in the kitchen. Inside you'll find:

  • 110+ delicious recipes

  • Fun food trivia

  • A visual recipe index with a photo of every recipe

  • Choose-your-own adventure recipes (such as design-your-own Whoopie Pies and Banana Bread)

  • Crowd-pleasers like Red Velvet Brownies, Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mini PB & Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate Candy Bar Layer Cake, and more!

  • Fun food crafts such as cookie puzzle pieces and DIY sprinkles

  • Amazing fake-out cakes including spaghetti and meatballs, a taco, and a pineapple

  • Bonus food-themed activity pages with word scrambles, spot-the-difference photo games, and more

  • Lay-flat binding and a heavy paper stock that will stand up to frequent use

About the Author

Maile Carpenter is the founding editor in chief of Food Network Magazine, the best-selling monthly magazine in the U.S., and The Pioneer Woman Magazine, a new magazine launched in 2017 with cookbook author, Food Network star and social media phenom, Ree Drummond. Maile is an expert in kids cooking—she has two young daughters (ages 6 and 9) who love to experiment in the kitchen and hold family cooking competitions!

Eve’s Review

I find the illustrations are bright, cheerful, and fun to look at whetting the appetite for not only the taste but the adventure of actual baking. The recipes are easy to understand and require some adult help (depending on the age of the child baking). There are a variety of recipes to choose from and a fun event to do on a snowy afternoon.

I, personally like to bake with my two granddaughters – ages four and eight. It’s an adventure to try new recipes, a time of bonding, and best of all you get to eat the results.


About the Reviewer

Eve Culley at Mustard Seed Sentinel

As a children’s author, I am blessed to live in the imaginary world of Barn Town where the animals talk and share their lives with me. I believe that I have the best job there is. Another joy I have is reading other children’s authors and sharing their work with you. Read a book and share the joy with others.

Storytelling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that as I tell stories, putting them on paper, it makes room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon. I write for children because of their wonderful imaginations. They are the very best at believing that the probable can become possible. Nothing is any better than when the reader climbs into the adventure and joins the journey with you.

Connect with Eve on her website, blog, or on Twitter, or on her Patreon page.

You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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