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Cooking and gardening books

Children's cooking and gardening books from Usborne

Delicious and healthy recipes for beginner cooks, step-by-step guides to baking bread and cakes, and cooking kits that make lovely gifts.

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Each cooking kit comes in an attractive presentation box containing a recipe book and the equipment you need to make cupcakes and biscuits or decorate beautiful cakes.

A wonderful gift for budding bakers. Cake Masters on Children's Cupcake Kit

Watch our Baking Tips with Abi video clips for tips on decorating biscuits with glacé icing, feather icing, using a piping gun and lots more.

Gardening for beginners

Gardening for beginners

A charming introduction to gardening for absolute beginners, with simple instructions for plants that anyone can grow – even without a garden. Step-by-step illustrated instructions show children how to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables such as potatoes, lettuce and sunflowers. A wonderful introduction to gardening and where food comes from. With internet links to websites with more gardening tips and ideas via the Usborne Quicklinks website.


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Another gem in Usborne’s brilliant collection of educational yet appealing books. The Guardian review of Gardening for Beginners

Free downloadable recipes

Gingerbread flowers

Bake some pretty gingerbread flower biscuits from the Children's book of baking.

Gingerbread flowers recipe

Chocolate cupcakes

Download the chocolate cupcakes recipe from the Children's chocolate cookbook.

Chocolate cupcakes recipe from Usborne