Cindy Mushet, author of the award-winning The Art and Soul of Baking, tackles kids' baking in "Baking Kids Love." The sturdy spiral-bound book stays flat and features lots of practical tips (tie back long hair, wear closed-toe shoes, clean as you go) and photos (although the photos are not step-by-step) to help kids learn the basics of baking, from proper measuring to knife skills to a guide on basic baking ingredients. There are plenty of tips for prep, like cracking and separating eggs, proofing yeast, zesting, hulling, mixing and rolling techniques, whipping, and a great guide of basic tools.
Throughout the book, there are quotes from Cindy's daughter Bella, giving little hints or cute comments about a certain recipe ("When I bite into one, I'm in cookie heaven, surrounded by more cookies that have little halos and wings, sitting on clouds"). There are some fun basic cookies like the secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies (crushed corn flakes), chewy oatmeal cookies (dressed up with dried cranberries), peanut butter, milk chocolate toffee bars (quick, easy, and oh-so-yummy), and brownie s'mores. Kids can also learn how to make and roll pie dough from scratch to create homemade pies. The Nuts for Nutella chocolate tart would make an elegant dessert for a holiday dinner; it's dressed up with a dusting of cocoa. There are also scones, muffins, banana bread, popovers, cheesecake and layer cakes. There are lots of color photos, although there isn't a photo for every recipe, and in some cases the photos are on different pages from their recipes.
This might be more useful for kids who already have a grasp on the fundamentals of baking. It's not that the recipes are very complicated, but not having step-by-step illustrations might be difficult for those new to the kitchen (otherwise, there's a lot of reading at the front of the book, which won't appeal to the hands-on learners). Things like yeast breads take time to learn (and proof), so if your young baker has a short attention span, start with something quick and easy like quick bread or muffins that require little mixing and baking. "Baking Kids Love" is a colorful, tasty way to introduce kids to the kitchen and cultivate a love of baking, as well as responsibility in the kitchen (proper hygiene and cleaning up as you go along).