Kids in the Kitchen
By Lois Friedman
Take advantage of the long summer days, fresh produce from farmers markets and the ideas found in these cookbooks to engage your kids in the kitchen for a summer of delicious and healthy eating.
by Deanna F. Cook
Memories of cooking as a child, and her daughters Ella and Maisie, inspired Deanna Cook to collect these 57 fun, easy and kid-friendly recipes. Chapter one covers basic kitchen rules, setting up your kitchen area, picking ingredients, techniques, equipment, safety, cleaning up and setting the table. Sections called Lunch Lessons, Breakfast Café, Snack Attack, Eat Your Veggies, Time for Dessert and My First Dinner fill the rest of the book. Ample photos and colorful graphics illustrate the pages. Recipes progress from easy, or “one spoon,” and work up to a “three spoons rating.” Numerical instructions include how-to photographs for each step. Bonus features include colorful stickers, labels, place cards, recipe cards and game cards.
Not a cookbook, rather a “conversation starter” for kids ages 10 and up, Starting from Scratch is about food, “how it works, why it works and what you need to know to make the kitchen your playground.” A vehicle for discovering that food and cooking are part art, part science and part culture, the book was written to demystify food and cooking and help kids understand recipes, measuring, substituting ingredients, stocking a pantry, budgeting and shopping. Four basic recipes are included to get started, and colorful illustrations accompany this bite-by-bite approach.
This one’s a sturdy flip-top box of ideas just waiting to happen. The oversize deck of 40 recipe cards has been kid-tested by primary school kids in Scotland, home of the author, Scottish MasterChef, mother of six and founder of a nonprofit committed to raising awareness of the importance of healthy food in children’s lives. The colorfully illustrated, easy-to-use-and-clean laminated cards are in five main categories—Eggs ’n’ Beans, Fantastic Fruits, Milk ’n’ Dairy, Spuds ’n’ Grains and Vital Vegetables—and include tips for kitchen safety and food awareness.