Thursday, 3 May 2018

My Little Sous Chef-The Tandem Cookbook Review



My little sous chef is a lovely tandem cookbook. It is perfect for parents to get their kids involved in cooking with them. The book is written by three London based Italian women who are sharing their recipes from learning to cook with their mothers and grandmothers.

What is different about this cookbook?

The cook books come in pairs. There is an adult version and a children’s version. The little sous chef introduces kids to the magic of cooking, allowing them to work in a team work, learn numeracy and also encourage and teach them about healthy eating.


The adult version is like any adult cook book with the recipe format in detail and photos. The kids' version contains fun, illustrated simplified steps that children can do to help make each dish. The Kids instructions are very simple in pictorial form on how to create the recipe. The instructions are written in simple to read child friendly language so that the child can follow them easily. I particularly like that the child’s version has a binding to help flip the pages easily and the pages are also laminated to keep them clean should any sticky fingers touch the pages.

I often cook with my little niece Little M and she really enjoyed having her own cook book to follow the instructions. I would say that this concept is really great and the perfect way to encourage children from a very young to cooking.


The cook book has very simple recipes that children would like to eat, they are uncomplicated and easy to follow. There are three sections “Have a Bite” that has mini starter type of recipes, the second section “Enjoy Your Meal” has main meal recipes and there is a final section called “Yay Dessert” that has simple dessert recipes.

In all the book is simple, easy to follow and has recipes any kid would love. The book has a fair number of vegetarian recipes and those that are non vegetarian can easily be adapted to make them vegetarian. Overall I really liked the books although a more colourful front cover would make the book look more appealing rather than the stark white.

If you like the cookbook you can purchase it from their website here

My Score: 13/15
Content -4/5
Illustrations-4/5
Recipe Instructions-5/5

 I was sent a copy of the book to review as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

29 comments:

  1. I love that this really gets kids involved and makes cooking fun! I think the illustrations are just adorable.

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  2. What a great sounding book, seems like a fun way to get everyone involved in the cooking as well with some simple recipes.

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  3. Thats a really cool idea, nice to do it together too! Love that they have vegetarian recipes too.

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  4. Sounds interesting .. a nice gift for little girls who love to cook.

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  5. Wow great reviews! Sounds like a great cookbook to have fun with the kids! Educational as well! Perfect for their creative little minds! :)

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  6. Oh my gosh! This is such a brilliant idea. My daughter is 10 and she loves to bake and make concoctions. I’ll have to get her a copy of His.

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  7. This is such an ingenious idea to have a kids version to help them be involved x

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  8. I really like the idea that there's a matching kid's version, that would be great in our house where my children love to cook as much as we do! :)

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  9. Absolutely great idea to spend some quality time with your kids and build healthy relationship while cooking delicious food.

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  10. Oh this is such a cute idea! My kids love cooking with me and I know they would really like their own mini cookbook!

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  11. This looks like a great cookbook(s) especially the kids version. I love that it teaches them numeracy and healthy eating (both very important for a growing child!). However, I just had a look at the list of recipes and I'm not so sure my son will be too keen with aubergine sarnies! :-)

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  12. I always love these little cookbooks for my daughter. I love cooking with her and teaching her how to cook. This is very cool.

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  13. I love this idea. I want to cook with my daughter as much as possible when she is older!

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  14. Our middle daughter is such a foodie, she would love this! Looks like so much fun to make everything!

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  15. I absolutely love this type of cooking books that also have photos.I have quite a collection of them and we use it a lot.

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  16. What a great cookbook for kiddos and kids at heart. I have to have photos, because sometimes they make the difference.

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  17. This is such a great idea and I think the kids cookbook is really cute! I think teaching kids to cook is such an important skill and this makes them feel like they are playing such a bigger part in the cooking

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  18. That's a really clever idea and giving kids a bit of autonomy is a great way of encouraging their interest. Otherwise I think they get a bit bored.

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  19. What a wonderful idea to have a cookbook, one version for adults and one for kids. It would get them to enjoy cooking. I think it should be given to husbands who don't cooking. Maybe entice them with illustrations and simple instructions ;)

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  20. Ok I am loving this cook book, especially since its not just cooking for learning for the kids too

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  21. I love this idea! My little man loves getting involved in the cooking

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  22. Oh what a lovely book set to share with kids. I love that they've made the illustrations and instructions for the kids version easy and doable. I would have loved something similar growing up.

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  23. Oh this is so great! I need to get this for my son! I wonder if he would get into it though? Being in the kitchen is not really his thing but perhaps this could be helpful.

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  24. what a fantastic book! this is so good for maths and problem solving and just plain fun!

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  25. Oh I love this! What a fun idea and perfect for us as we love to cook together as a family!

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  26. Love the diagrams and the way that it encourages kids to work with their parents. Children really should learn cooking as a life skill early on x

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  27. What a fantastic tool to help little ones help prepare their food

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  28. What a wonderful way of getting kids interested in cooking. This book would make a great gift for my niece who is just about old enough to start cooking with a bit of help.

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  29. Aw I love that this is aimed at kids. It would be great for encouraging picky kids to try and eat more xxx

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