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Teen Cookbooks

March 5, 2008

I like to think of myself as a foodie. I really enjoy good food. As a teen in the pre-Food Network world, I remember watching Yan Can Cook with Martin Yan and the Frugal Gourmet with Jeff Smith. These shows on PBS were interesting and informative. Yet, I never ventured into the kitchen except to heat up some instant ramen or to slap together a tuna sandwich. Cookbooks were those spiral bound things that my mom kept in the closet along with the ant bait and Combat. The recipes contained in them were collected from school church fundraisers, utility companies and politicians, in other words, they did not appeal to me as a teen.

In the past teens were expected to use general cookbooks, which in general isn’t a bad option, but a little intimidating at times. In recent years there’s been a market awakening in the teen cookbook arena. The following is a list of some of the teen cookbooks I’ve come across and had a chance to take a look at:

Authored by Megan and Jill Carle

Teens Cook: How To Cook What You Want To Eat

Teens Cook Dessert

College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends

Authored by Carole Raymond

Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook

Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook: Over 135 Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegan Recipes

Authored by Sam Stern

Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook

Real Food, Real Fast

And some other stand alones that shouldn’t be forgotten:

Look Dude I Can Cook by Amy Madden

Healthy College Cookbook by Alexandra Nimetz

The Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz

The Manga Cookbook by the Manga University Culinary Institute

There are other cookbooks by more famous chefs, but I’ll let you readers find the Rachel Ray’s and Emeril’s on your own. Also don’t forget the vast array of cookbooks aimed at children. One last thing, check out Little Willow’s post: Cooking Up a Storm.

Happy reading and happy cooking!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2008 12:02 pm

    I wish they’d had books like this when I was a teenager. My mother never cooked off recipes but I unfortunately am the type who needs them. This “pinch of salt” and “eyeball the soy sauce” nonsense just stresses me out unnecessarily. (But how big a pinch? And what do you mean by eyeball?)

    I’m not so tied to exact measurements, mind you, but I need some guidance. And something a little more detailed than “three shakes of extra virgin olive oil”.

  2. March 5, 2008 1:42 pm

    Ooh, yum! I’m adding this link to the booklist. 🙂

  3. Jessica permalink
    May 10, 2008 5:24 am

    i love teens cook book
    it was amazing^-^
    at 14 i can go into my kitcjen as pull it out for something from breakfast to snake and it all taste soo good=]


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