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Recommendations for a cookbook for foodie tween

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TheSteveMilliband Mon 07-Oct-19 20:07:45

Ds1 is 12, says he wants to be a chef. Very precise by nature, likes to follow instructions. Can anyone recommend a good book to learn techniques (not too chefy but not just recipes either)? I had the prue leith cookery bible which explains why things go wrong, gives basic recipe plus variations so something like that would be good.

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Aquamarine1029 Mon 07-Oct-19 20:14:11

I would recommend this one...

www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Cookbook-Young-Americas-Kitchen/dp/1492670022/ref=sr_1_1?crid=7V7YSZJB8PNQ&keywords=the+complete+cookbook+for+young+chefs&sprefix=The+complete+cookbook+%2Caps%2C248&tag=mumsnetforu03-21&qid=1570475564&sr=8-1

Glacecat Mon 07-Oct-19 22:52:02

Delia Smiths Cookery Course. Starts with simple stuff like poached eggs and omelettes but the recipes are very interesting. Neither basic nor very high end.

Pipandmum Mon 07-Oct-19 22:56:41

My kids like Nigella Express. Her books are quite chatty and these are easy recipes with yummy foods your son will recognise (chilli, curry, frittata etc). Every one we’ve done has been successful. As they are ‘Express’ they are by definition not too complicated or too long. Just perfect for a tween.

jelly79 Mon 07-Oct-19 23:01:23

The new Angela hartnett book is great! And simple

user1469989812 Tue 08-Oct-19 00:56:01

Jamie Oliver Ministry of Foodnis excellent for beginners.

Ricekrispie22 Tue 08-Oct-19 04:57:13

The Science of Cooking www.waterstones.com/book/the-science-of-cooking/dr-stuart-farrimond/9780241229781

Ricekrispie22 Tue 08-Oct-19 05:01:01

And after that, Lateral Cooking www.waterstones.com/book/lateral-cooking/niki-segnit/yotam-ottolenghi/9781408856895

Coffeeandchocolate9 Tue 08-Oct-19 05:06:44

Another vote for Delia Smith's complete cookery course. Everybody should have that as their cooking bible and she says things like "now don't worry if it cuddles, add a but more flour then continue."

She also more recently published "how to cook" which I think is pretty much exactly what you'e asking for.

karmakameleon Wed 09-Oct-19 12:47:36

I was going to recommend Lateral Cooking but see Ricekrispie got there before me. He might also like the Flavour Thesaurus.

soggypizza Wed 09-Oct-19 16:32:52

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking: The Four Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat.

TheSteveMilliband Wed 09-Oct-19 21:55:16

Brilliant recommendations, thanks everyone. Jelly, which Angela hartnett book is that? I really fancy lateral cooking for myself! I have the flavour thesaurus and he quite likes experimenting with it, so the lateral cooking one could complement it nicely.

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