The Green Teen Cookbook is not just a cookbook; besides recipes created by teens, it includes information on farmers’ market and eating healthfully. The essays on pros and cons of organic food, vegetarianism, and other environmentally conscious topics all give suggestions on where to purchase cheap, healthy food and how to lower one’s carbon footprint. A key for when the ingredients were in season accompanied each recipe, as well as basic information like how many servings the recipe made and time needed to prepare it. A section of basic kitchen staples, such as vinaigrette dressing and vegetable stock, ensures that even the most inexperienced cook will be able to prepare recipes.
This cookbook was well organized, and appealing photos add color to the recipes. I tested several of the recipes. Some of my favorites were the energy bars and the Caesar salad. I made the apple chips but I had to shorten the cooking time because they started burning. A few of the recipes’ directions could have been more specific (For example, multiple recipes didn’t specify which size baking dish to use.), but overall the instructions had enough detail for an amateur cook who doesn’t know many fancy cooking techniques. Because different teens contributed each recipe, a wide variety of cuisines and diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) is included, which makes this book useful to practically anyone—and not only teens. I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old, who wants to eat a little healthier and reduce their carbon footprint.