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This Is Not a Cookbook

This Is Not a Cookbook

A Chef's Creative Process from Imagination to Creation

Illustrated by Adil Dara


This Is Not a Cookbook

About the Book

In this uniquely accessible, fully illustrated nonfiction work for young readers, Chef Flynn McGarry, who at an early age discovered a passion for food and cooking and has since gone on to receive wide-acclaim as a chef, shares his insights and explores the elements of creativity as he encourages young readers to mix passion, hard work, and their own unique perspective to achieve results that might just be life-changing.

When Flynn McGarry was ten years old, he started to cook in a serious way. At first he simply wanted to make better food for his family, so with the help and support of his parents, he turned his bedroom into a personal kitchen. Yes, his curiosity was intense. He committed himself to developing his knowledge of food and culinary technique by reading cookbooks and watching chefs on YouTube and the Food Network. He then pieced together information that excited his sensibilities, paying attention to every detail—from the design of a kitchen to the type of container being used, from the color and texture of food to its arrangement on a plate. He thought not only about menus and the taste of food, but also about where it was grown and how it was harvested.
    Now in his midtwenties, Flynn is a well-known chef with his own restaurant and much more happening in his life. Still, with all his success, this modest young man is inspired to share his creative process and his innovative thinking about aesthetics and food, especially with young people. 
        Of course, some of Flynn’s favorite recipes are included, for those who also want to cook and eat well!

Product Details

On sale: April 18, 2023
Age: 10 and up
Grade: Grade 5 & Up
Page count: 128 Pages
ISBN: 9780593119693
Reading level: Lexile: 1010L | Fountas/Pinnell: Y

Author Bio

Flynn McGarry is an American chef based in New York City. He is known for hosting dinner tasting restaurant Eureka in Los Angeles and New York City. He has staged at Eleven Madison Park, Alinea, Next, Geranium, and Maaemo. He opened GEM, a sixteen-seat dining room for tasting-menu dinners, on New York City's lower east side in 2018.


“Like a well-plated meal, this whimsical book will find its reader, who will savor it to its last morsel.” —Kirkus Reviews

Part-memoir/part-inspirational guide. [McGarry] walks fellow dreamers through the hurdles of following one’s passion and embracing creative thinking. Dara’s illustrations bring the pages to life.” –School Library Journal

“This clever book encourages kids to tap into their creativity. McGarry makes clear that when you combine passion and hard work, dreams can be achieved. Vibrant illustrations perfectly pair with this lively, inspirational story.” —Kendal Rautzhan, Books to Borrow . . . Books to Buy