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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    Great For Family Fun!

    Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities by Amy Houts is a book for all families with children. One of the suggestions that I give to families when facilitating parenting classes is that children should be included and have responsibilities that revolve around mealtimes. Cooking Around the Country With Kids is a perfect resource for families. The great thing about this book is that it also teaches children about the United States, where our food sources are, and cooking skills, too.

    The format of the book takes us to ten different regions in the USA and has great suggestions for family activities, geographic descriptions and food growing facts, along with recipes from the region. This makes the book a great resource for both home and school. It could help bring variety into family meals along with teaching cooperation, nutrition, planning, kitchen safety, reading and math skills along with geography and culture. It would be a great plan to find one evening each week when everyone is home and make it the "Cooking Around the Country" night at your house. Include the children in all aspects of this special evening, from writing the grocery list, shopping, meal preparation, and all the way to meal clean up.

    I know that I will be recommending this book to families participating in my parenting classes. Thank you, Amy Houts, for creating a family-friendly resource that is both fun and educational.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    "Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities"--All-American eats and gooey-goody time

    Want to cook up some yummy meals with the kids AND teach them about geography, history, science and all kinds of nifty things? Then cook up some time to spend with the young crew and dig into "Cooking Around the Country with Kids" by prolific award-winning writer Amy Houts.

    From New England to Hawaii--from main dishes to veggie/side dishes--not to mention beverages and desserts, your palate will thank you and so will your kids. (If not now--they will someday.) This book kneads quality time into the schedule.

    The recipe for success is Ms. Hout's easy-to-follow (ten ingredients or less), but interestingly diverse mix of recipes. Whether the menu calls for dishes of unconventional Cream of Peanut Soup, Ham and Red Eye Gravy, Goober Bread or more conventional fare like chicken potpie, hush puppies or cheese omelet, the finickiest foodies (young and old) should be appeased and pleased!

    The activites that complement the regional descriptions are as savory as the recipes. With ideas, such as pretending to ice fish or attempting to grow an avocado plant, kids along with adults will experience nothing but pure fun with a delicious dollop of learning mixed in.

    The book's graphic layout is, like the text, simple, easy-to-maneuver and minced with joy. Eat, laugh, learn, slop up the kitchen...the book is a testimony to bonding with love--American style.

    Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Delicious Fun. Learning on the side.

    What a delightful way to interact with your children, grandchildren or students!

    Children love to mix, stir and pour with sand, dirt or water. Why not take this enjoyable play and divert it to the kitchen? Instead of mud pies you gain quality time as well as skills in social interaction, social studies, math and science. There's also joy in producing something to share that is yummy!

    Amy Houts, a prolific writer, imparts an abundance of ideas for children and their families, friends and care givers. She is adept in supplying clear instructions for children to be successful and yet, allow for creativity. The introduction includes hints for conserving water, energy and paper products, nutrition, working together, cooking terms and safety.

    For each geographical region of the United States, there are recipes, activities, fun facts and history. You will find a variety of recipes to suit everyone's taste such as breads, soups, main dishes, vegetables, deserts and beverages.

    Featured delicacies highlight locally grown foods. For example, from the Pacific Coast Region you will discover recipes for Fruit Relish, Waikiki Meatballs and Applesauce Mix-in-the-Pan Cake. From the Appalachian Highlands, you will find Chicken 'n Biscuit Dumplings, Scrambled Eggs with Virginia Ham and Pecan Bars.

    Together you can shake up some homemade butter while singing the "Butter Song" or if you like, whip up your own peanut butter

    The type is large enough for beginning readers or aging eyes to appreciate. Simple drawings and interesting type add character to the pages.

    Cooking Around the Country with Kids is an altogether delightful book for kids of all ages!

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