Mollie Katzen makes all this and more ever so painless. She wrote Pretend Soup for preschool cooks after working with young kids in a preschool setting. Honest Pretzels is the next step. These are more advanced recipes demanding more advanced techniques for children ages 8 and up. It's a kid's cookbook for a more sophisticated palate--those ready for Not-from-a-Box Macaroni and Cheese or Spunky Chili. All the recipes in the book are vegetarian.
Typically, each recipe is introduced with a list of ingredients, the amount of time it's going to take, a list of tools, and a note about where a child might want to ask an adult for help. The actual directions are broken out into separate "cards," many of them illustrated. At no time and in no place is the language patronizing.
Skills your child will develop include making and handling yeasted dough; making filled, shaped, healthy pastries; slicing, mincing, and grating; seasoning with herbs and spices; sautéing, pureeing, measuring, layering, assembling; dividing, estimating, timing, deciding; separating eggs, beating egg whites, folding a puffy batter; making simple, standard sauces; and basic kitchen safety and common sense.
That's quite a list. How did you measure up when you were 8--let alone now? Here's a good chance to give your child a leg up in the kitchen, while staying out of the way. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great book for kids and adults. My daughter cooked from it starting in 2nd grade. I still use the recipes because they are yum.Published 2 months ago by Yikes!
I absolutely recommend this book. The recipes work and taste great. It is also a study in following directions; the are listed one by one with cute drawings to follow along. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JZ
Mollie Katzen is amazingly good cook for clean eating. Great cookbook for children and adults learning to cook. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon C Turner
Has some good recipes in it, and it is good for the kids too. The pretzels are good. Book condition and shipping was excellent.Published 7 months ago by JC
Great book for teaching small kids about cooking. My son enjoys doing some of the simple recipes in the book (he is 5).Published 11 months ago by SK
This book is very helpful in the pre-school classroom. we have enjoy most of the recipes. I wish that it was in index card format instead of a book. That would be more helpful.Published 13 months ago by Arnold G Shedrick
It is easy and fun, both for kids and adults.
Instructions are clear
Pictures are easy to ubderstand and better than words
This is the best kid cookbook I've seen, great step-by-step recipes that turn out tasty, easy to use with kids at your elbow. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carolyn D. Markis
Great sense of what kids can and can not do. Wonderful recipes! I will use it as a guide for classes that I teach.Published 17 months ago by Meridithe Mendelsohn