"As a seventeen year old looking back on her past, I recall never baking with my mother. I would always sit at the kitchen table playing with my barbie dolls, while my mother added the chocolate chips to the cookie batter. I never got to help with cooking because my mom didnt know what I could handle or not, so she thought it was easier if she made it and I ate it..ate it all. I wish my mom had this book back then so she could see it's not hard to incorporate a child into cooking, and with this book it's really easy too. I could have added the chocolate chip cookies myself!" Yee Ying Chau Mah said.
"This is a wonderful cookbook to bond with your children and teaching them cooking skills as well,which will be helpful for them in the future. It is so cute, the outlining inside is pink and loaded with tips, safety tips, and alittle fun facts. It is great because it gives instructions listed as what would the mother do and what the daughter will do in sharing to make the recipe together. I want to share a fun fact with you that is in the book because it means something to me since my birthday is April 1 and also this book was published on April 1.
April Fool's Day
This goofy spring holiday, on which we play silly pranks on our friends, is actually about a change in the calendar that occurred many years ago. Ancient cultures used to celebrate New Year's during the week between March 25 and April 1. But, in 1582, the Gregorian calendar was introduced with a new New Year's: January 1. Back then, there was no Internet or TV, so it took many years for everyone to learn about and accept the change. Those who kept celebrating on April 1 would receive foolish gifts and invitions to nonexistent parties!
How awesome is that fact! The book was well written and easy to follow. Nothing like home cooking to make your home smell wonderful and give you such great memories. I would hope that Lynette will consider making a cookbook for mother's and son's.
I was given this book by Zest Books, thank you so much!" MaryAnn said.
"Great idea but seems more directed at the mother. Had hoped to spark interest of daughter. Photos of completed recipes would have been helpful." Snow Bunny said.
"Another disappointment. I ordered this for my 12 year old Granddaughter. I expected basic receipes; How to cook eggs, make soup or pancakes etc. Instead it contains silly deserts which are hardly the first items I would teach a young girl.
Quilter" Quilter said.
"Title: The Mother Daughter Cookbook: Recipes to Nourish Relationships
Author: Lynette Rohrer Shirk
Illustrator: Azadeh Houshyar
Publisher: Zest Books LLC
“If you’re a mom, you know that cooking with your child can be tricky. You want to spend time with her while you’re making meals and teach her the tools of the trade – but you also want to keep her safe, be productive, and not end up with splashes of tomato sauce on the walls or egg yolks running across your kitchen floor,” Lynette Rohrer Shirk writes on the back jacket of her book, "The Mother Daughter Cookbook: Recipes to Nourish Relationships."
At one hundred and twenty-eight pages, this paperback targets mothers who want to bond with their young five-to-twelve year old children, specifically daughters although sons may be interested. Written by a professional chef, it contains twenty-four simple to more complex food recipes. Although there are no photographs, illustrator Azadeh Houshyar’s sophomoric pink, gray, and black designs cover the pages.
After an introduction of the author’s love of cooking and safety tips to teach a child, five chapters of recipes are followed by a section on how to create a scrapbook and an alphabetized index. Four to five recipes are given in the chapters titled Birthday Bashes, Fancy Food and Party Perfections, Sassy Lassie Lunches, Kitchen Road-Trippin’, and Holiday Heritage.
The beginning of each chapter includes a one-page summary or history with tips, facts, and notes highlighted throughout the corresponding recipes. Separated into two tasks, usually the mother’s steps are on the left side of the page and the daughter’s is on the right side, showing how to work together to create a food item.
Examples of recipes in each chapter list Bunny Carrot Cake, Eggs in a Frame, Candied Bacon, Plaid Onion Tart, Butterscotch Food, Tex-Mex Corn Canoes, Baked Alaska Brownies, Heart-y Holiday Pinwheels, and Winter Holidays Pecan Snowballs.
From the simple Honey Lavender Butter which requires dried lavender, cheesecloth, and twine to the complex Hawaiian Pineapple-Ham Kabobs using bamboo skewers, white long grain rice, sesame oil, and fresh garlic, many recipes need special store-bought items.
With an obvious love for cooking and teaching young children the fine art, Shirk’s book would be most beneficial for other chefs that want to pass on tasty recipes and tricks in the kitchen. Without any completed photographs to visualize, the book fails to grab many potential cooks looking for projects to do with young ones.
Zest Books LLC furnished a complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion." Conny said.