Ever separate an egg with a funnel? Ever make a grilled cheese and broccoli sandwich? Ever follow your kids into the kitchen and help them with recipes they have chosen to prepare?
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.
Grade 2-6 Honest pretzels " are way more interesting than the store-bought kind: They're chewy on the outside, and soft and tender on the inside and you get to make them any shape you want!" This sentence describes one of 65 vegetarian recipes offered in this inviting anthology of breakfast dishes, soups, sandwiches, salads, main dishes, desserts, baked goods, snacks, and drinks. Katzen provides an introduction to each dish and includes background information, safety tips, and an occasional quote. Lists of the ingredients and utensils needed, written and visual instructions, and recommendations about when to ask for adult assistance accompany each recipe. The author's intent is that children participate in the cooking process; enjoy their accomplishments; and learn bits of math, science, and something about cooperation along the way. The nourishing recipes are clearly presented in an encouraging tone, making this a fine addition to most collections. Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love this book and all the creative recipes in it. Even my toddler who's 2.5yo enjoys cooking from it with mom's help. Read morePublished 11 days ago by TJ
bought this as a gift for niece... and she loved it. has already made several dishes for her family from it.Published 7 months ago by Vaishali Patel
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 13 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 14 months ago by JZ
Mollie Katzen is amazingly good cook for clean eating. Great cookbook for children and adults learning to cook. Read morePublished 15 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 18 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 22 months ago by SK