Item description for Visual Recipes: A Cookbook for Non-Readers by Tabitha Orth...
This cookbook, written for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, will enable independence and confidence for anyone in the kitchen. The clear photographs, which include all of the small details that a person with autism or a nonreader needs to be successful, are easy to understand.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 11" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Binding Spiral Bound
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN 1931282900 ISBN13 9781931282901
Reviews - What do customers think about Visual Recipes: A Cookbook for Non-Readers?
Perfect for any cook who has trouble with English or reading Jul 28, 2008
There are so many uses for this one, from those who haven't mastered English to those who may never read. I first heard of this from the mother of an autistic child so there is that connection as well.
The recipes are healthy, easy to follow and contain a nice balance of food groups. Is it gourmet food? No, but anyone using this book won't starve and will learn how to make basic foods, both from scratch (oatmeal) or those that are convenience foods (Frozen potato patties). Grilled cheese sandwiches, which seem easy enough for most to make, are "explained" in photos and I was surprised to discover that my own technique improved with the visual aids.
Other foods include Spaghetti, pizza, corn dogs, baked chicken, hot chocolate, popcorn, rice, vegetables and more. As I noted, this is NOT "knock your socks off" gourmet cooking but for the child or adult who has trouble reading basic instructions or has memory issues and can't be taught how to cook the traditional way (parent to child, grandparent to child, whatever), this visual guide works well. It even helps with some stroke patients.
This one gets an A+ for teaching competency and independence.
a good jumping off point Sep 27, 2007
I use this book with non verbal students who use adaptive equipment to cook. I like the way the pictures break the sequences down very specifically. It helps me to remember not to assume the stove temperature or the step of "turn the stove off". My frustration is with the use of name brands as visuals and in the written text. By using the specifics, it requires the user to modify the recipe before using it with students (if for instance you don't have "butter flavored" Crisco). In my classroom we incorporate switch practice with highly motivating activities to move toward advocacy. The Visual Cookbook provides me with pre-printed, step by step directions for activities that we can easily set up.
Great non reader cookbook Aug 28, 2007
I have a child with special needs and this is a great visual cookbook. The recipe directions are laid out step by step in pictures instead of words. My daughter loves to cook with me and this gives her something she can do herself and feel good about. She has made just some of the basics for now. Many of us take making a PB and J for granted. It's a big deal for my daughter to be able to look and follow the directions so she can do it herself. She has learned to use the microwave and toaster and has made toasted cheese sandwiches from this cookbook. There are many simple things like sandwiches and more complicated things that require some cooking on the stove. This book is truly wonderful for visual learners wanting to have more independence. I have ordered several for some of my daughter's schools she has attended. One of her speech therapist has a copy and a couple of her past special ed teachers. I just ordered another for her teacher this year who teaches more with life skills. They have a small kitchen in the class and cooking is something they work on for life skills.
The Perfect Cook Book for Non Readers! May 14, 2007
I operate a non-profit program, Canyon Verde, for adults who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities. There are few "ready made" materials that are appropriate for our clients, so my staff creates most of our learning curriculum. I was thrilled to find a visual cookbook, as we teach our clients basic cooking skills in our kitchen. The step-by-step guide is not only good for the adults we serve, but I also see it as a useful tool for any person who is challenged as a cook.
It is a "make no mistake" cook book and will be put to good use! Thank you for this great product!!
Awesome resource! Apr 14, 2007
This is one of the best picture cookbooks I have ever seen. It uses actual photographs of each of the steps and it broken down very well. There is a good combination of simple recipes with recipes that use the stove, microwave, or boiling water. A great way to increase independence in the kitchen for people with disabilities.