Fanny at Chez Panisse
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This beloved classic, first published in 1992, combines accessible, vegetable-focused recipes and beautiful illustrations with sweet stories from the point of view of Chef Alice Waters' daughter Fanny. For any child with an interest in cooking it's an appealing blend, with the added bonus that any recipes learned from the book will be just as useful when that child is an adult with his or her own kitchen.
The first half of the book brings to life the reality of being in a working restaurant kitchen: the bustle and the noise as well as the hardworking people there; the kitchen rules that keep everyone safe; the attention to good ingredients, which don't need to be fussed over. In the second half, the recipes present young cooks with dishes as varied as quesadillas, carrot and parsley salad, risotto, baked halibut, and gingersnaps.
Sweet, charming, and inspiring.
Paperback. Color illustrations throughout. Suggested for children ages 9-12.