Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens by Evelyn Raab and George A Walker

Know any teenagers who don’t know how to cook, but should or want to learn? A little clueless in the kitchen yourself and you are over the age of 20? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then I have a book for you.

Clueless in the Kitchen is a book I have known about since I was a teenager and I am well past my teen years, but I still use this book as a reference and for some tried and true recipes. This is a good book to start with for beginner cooks who don’t know how to do things as simple as how to boil water because it gives basic knowledge, simple recipes and even includes menu ideas for the recipes it has shown you how to make. What is especially helpful is that the book is broken up into sections such as breakfast, baking, desserts, soups,etc. This is especially good for someone who wants to impress by planning a whole meal from start finish including an appetizer, main course and dessert. In the very beginning of the book after the chapter guides, you will find a guide to the kitchen that explains how to do things such as defrosting the freezer, clean the stove, how to properly use the dishwasher and other common things that you might not know how to do because you have never personally done yourself. In the back of the book there is also a metric conversion table to help those of us who have some difficulties converting teaspoons and cups to millimeters and liters. Right before the conversion table, there is a terminology guide as well to explain some of the terms that might not make sense and you have never heard of before.

I have tried many different recipes in this book and continue to do so, but over the years I have come love a few specific recipes and use them over and over. I am not that good at savory items, but I have yet to have a problem making the X-ray Vision soup or the Potato soup. Both items are simple to make and absolutely delicious, especially the X-Ray vision soup because it’s a lighter(it’s not creamy) and is full of carrots which are said to help with the health of your eyes. The Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake is another one of my favorites because it’s quick and easy and it’s not heavy and dense like most coffee cakes are.

Overall, I would say great book for everyone no matter what your age and skill level because there is something for everyone in this book.