What’s not to like in a cookbook that consists of 35 dessert recipes plus a smattering of kid pleasing main dishes and snacks? This cookbook is a winner. The recipes are simple to understand and appealing to young readers. The table of contents and each page include mouth-watering full color photographs. The introductory pages provide basic cooking information, safety tips, and definitions of cooking terms. Kudos to the author for addressing the book to “Children Everywhere” rather than just girls, and for showing both a boy and girl baking cookies in the frontispiece illustration.
A couple of minor criticisms: the chocolate chip cookie recipe doesn’t specify creaming the butter and sugar first. Also, listing the definitions of cooking terms in multiple lists (popular terms, mixing terms, cooking terms, and basics) might prevent young cooks from finding the information.
This book was very popular in my sixth grade public school classroom. According to eleven-year-old Sidney, “The Cherry on Top cookbook will inspire many kids to cook. The recipes are fun and easy to share. Also, the ingredients here are things that they will easily find at the store. Everything tastes better fresh and right out of the oven. So, kids will love this book. It will also keep them busy.” Recommended for all ages.