As I was browsing the delights within an anthro store, I came across a cooking book intended for the kiddos. Luckily it was the month of July, so I justified the purchase by giving the book to Sadie for her birthday.
Now before we get too far, I need to confess that I am a "children's cookbook" junkie. But it is not just any book that gains my favor. No there are criteria that need to be met.
First, the photography must be outstanding, in such a way as the fact that there are recipes included may just be a bonus.
Next, the food items must be desired by both child and adult. And no, absolutely no ordinary food items cut into cute shapes or carrot sticks that resemble whiskers on a rice cake cat face. The food must simply be delicious. (We all eat plenty of fruits and veggies around here, no need to corrupt a lovely brownie or other sweet treat.)
Lastly, the recipes must be easy enough for a child, with some kitchen experience , to manage with minimal help but also diverse enough that they learn new skills in many aspects of cookery.
Am I asking too much? Of course not.
Anywho, back to the birthday gift. So I hand Sadie the book and she is instantly excited and begins to thumb through the book to figure out what she will make first. She asks about this recipe and that recipe, but sadly there seems to be ingredients missing in our pantry crucial to the recipe. Finally she decides on this chocolate pudding, aka chocolate lava cake, and she and Emma put it all together and bake one for our dessert that night. Since then she has been baking quite regularly. She made the pasta bake for dinner one night. She, with the help of Emma and Neela, made Avery a chocolate cake for her birthday. She has also whipped up a batch of chocolate crinkle cookies and a vanilla cake.
No, all the recipes are not from the one birthday book. I thought I already mentioned my affinity for children's cookbooks. They are great for cooking with kids, cooking for kids, having kids cook for you, and typically the portions are smaller or the food is mini, which kids seem to find fun. And lastly, if there is a yeast bread recipe in a kid's cookbook which kids are supposed to be able to pull off, don't you think you should be able to pull it off as well. Yes, this is where I gained the experience to create the perfect pizza dough and loaf of sandwich bread.
cook books for kids I love:
(want a copy?click on the image to go to amazon to order.)
Kitchen for Kids by Jennifer Low
William-Sonoma Kids Baking
Little Kitchen by Sabrina Parrini
The River Cottage Family Cook Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fizz Carr