For all your junior chefs, I bring to your attention a few outstanding kids cookbooks!
The youngest kids will love the new book “Sesame Street Let’s Cook!” (HMH, 2015), for ages 2-5. It teaches counting, alphabet and matching. The content includes the “ABC’s of Healthy Food.” Your children can create “Sloppy Oscars” and “Big Bird’s Nest Egg Salad.” It’s a lot of fun as your favorite Sesame Street characters (e.g., Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover) present their delicious dishes with colorful photos.
The PBS Kids “Do it Myself Cookbook” arrives in July (Downtown Bookworks, 2015) as a box kit. Created for ages 4 and up, this is a perfect activity or gift item. It’s fully illustrated and includes colorful plastic measuring spoons and cups. A great benefit is that there is ‘nothing sharp” and “nothing hot” in these recipes so that kids can actually prepare meals on their own. Learning counting, measuring and following directions are all great reasons to let your kids explore cooking.
The 8-12 year olds will appreciate the “National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure” (National Geographic Kids, 2014). The recipes, crafts, and activities are organized by month to include holidays and special occasions. Foods from other countries are featured. Nutritious ingredients and seasonings are abundant. The book also explains how to plant a kitchen garden. Tips for healthy eating are only a bonus for the fun food facts and recipes. Kids will be excited with this interactive book and impressive NatGeo photos.