The classic kids' cookbook with easy recipes for healthy, fun, and delicious food.
Mollie Katzen, renowned author of The Moosewood Cookbook, and educator Ann Henderson bring the grown-up world of real cooking to a child’s level. Children as young as three years old and as old as eight become head chef while an adult serves as guide and helper. Extensively classroom- and home-tested, these recipes are designed to inspire an early appreciation for creative, wholesome food. Whimsical watercolor critters and pictorial versions of each recipe will help the young cook understand and delight in the process. Just consider all that can be explored in the kitchen: counting, reading readiness, science awareness, self-confidence, patience, and, importantly, food literacy. Pizza, after all, does not come “from a telephone.”
You and your child can have great fun finding this out!
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.53(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
MOLLIE KATZEN is a cookbook author and artist who has profoundly shaped the way America eats. Mollie is a consultant and cocreator of Harvard's groundbreaking Food Literacy Project. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I work with special needs children and they are not always good readers. Most of them love to eat though and this is filled with easy picture recipes that they can learn. They gain pride in their accomplishments as well as practical life skills.
My nine year old son is looking forward to trying many of the recipes in this book...from Homeade Lemon-Lime Soda Pop to Green Spaghetti...to Hide and Seek Muffins...to Bright Pink Fruit Dip to many other fun recipes. He had checked this cook book out from his school's library and he didn't want to turn it back in so we bought him his very own copy. The recipes are creative and appealing with simple instructions and colorful pictures that a young child can follow. I would certianly recommend this book to others. We're planning to play in the kitchen over summer break!
This cookbook is a wonderful way to get children involved with Family meals, and by doing so, open their minds and palates to healthier ways of eating. I am a Mother to a 3 year old girl who is an adventurous eater, and a 4.5 year old boy who is quite the opposite of his sister. We're vegetarians and encourage our kids to eat plenty of fruits and veggies (as any family should, regardless of diet). The kids have a few standbys that we can fall back on, but it's important to me to add variety for their diet. It's tough with a picky eater, and even my adventuresome daughter turn's her nose up at certain things. However, all of this has changed with the introduction of 'Pretend Soup'. My kids help with the menu selection for the week and choose a recipe from the book to make. 'Green Spaghetti' was a big hit, with both kids asking for second helpings, though they would touch pesto a week before. Not only were they enthusiastic about the dish they helped to prepare, but they were more open to the other dishes at the meal, and both kids also happily ate beets for the first time! The book is laid out with a set of written instructions with helpful tips for parents, but the following pages contain simple pictoral directions that even my toddlers can follow. It helps the kids have more ownership of their food to be able to not only help prepare it, but be able to follow along and tell Mom what has to happen next. Katzen includes tips on how to make each recipe age appropriate for both younger and older children, so this cookbook can work for families with kids of any age. I highly reccomend Katzen's kids cookbooks to any family who wants to cultivate healthy eating and a love of food and cooking.
Being a professional and working with special needs kids, I have found the layout of this book to be fantastic for those who need a lot of visual information to learn. Excellent!