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Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes That Build Independence and Confidence the Montessori Way Paperback – July 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477542043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477542040
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kids in the Kitchen is a collaboration of Sara Cotner, the Founder and Executive Director of Montessori For All, and Kylie D'Alton, the brainchild behind the popular parenting blog: How We Montessori. They created the cookbook they couldn't find on bookshelves--one that helped children as young as 18 months old develop their independence and confidence in the kitchen. The book is designed by Montessori parent Angie Coussirat.

More About the Author

Sara Cotner takes Gandhi's advice to heart and is striving to be the change she wishes to see in the world. From planning a meaningful and memorable wedding on a shoestring to starting a national network of public Montessori schools in diverse communities, she works to make the world more nurturing and authentic. When she fails to live up to her own impossibly high standards, she works on cultivating the art of forgiveness and patience. She spends her free time laughing with her partner Matt, tickling her son Henry, rubbing her bloodhound's belly, and marveling at just how fascinating backyard chickens can be.

Customer Reviews

The recipes are simple and easy to follow.
M. Garcia
The book is broken down into intuitively laid out sections, including "How to Use This Book," "How to Set Up the Kitchen," "Skills," and "Recipes."
Elizabeth Dehnart
As a Montessori guide myself I found it very useful to help my assistant and parents envision activities for children under 6 years old.
pola horacio

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By roxiemama on March 1, 2013
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Half of the book (and it is NOT a long book AT ALL) is spent telling you how to teach you kids to do things like - chop, whisk, stir,etc. (maybe some people are looking for this type of help - but I am comfortable with showing my daughter how to stir food in a bowl without instructions) then when it finally gets to the recipes - some of them are things like fruit salad??? I didn't want it to be filled with complicated recipes but I also didn't want a recipe on chopped fruit. I think the author put "Montessori way" and then people like me were sucked into thinking it would be great but it is a let down for $18.80. If I came across this book at a brick and mortar store I would have put it down in two seconds. Maybe if the recipes were kicked up just a bit and the author laminated the pages (lets face it kids are messy in the kitchen) and ring binds it so that it can lay flat - it might become useful. Concept is good but implementation is weak.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Dehnart on July 22, 2012
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Kids in the Kitchen is beautifully and thoughtfully written and designed. Every step is clearly laid out for ease of use and easy to follow. The book is broken down into intuitively laid out sections, including "How to Use This Book," "How to Set Up the Kitchen," "Skills," and "Recipes." If you're unfamiliar with Montessori, the authors offer a brief but thorough grounding in the background and explain how and why giving children responsibility in the kitchen is beneficial.

The graphic design is fresh and appealing, and makes following the recipes a smooth process. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the simple, detailed instructions, with helpful photographs illustrating each step.

Although I'm an adult, I prefer uncomplex food, so I've adopted a few of these recipes for my own daily life. I'm also planning to give copies as gifts to my friends with young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J on October 18, 2012
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I was really excited to get this book. I love all things Montessori and was hoping to get some good ideas about how to incorporate my 2 year old in the kitchen more. He already helps quite a bit by pouring ingredients into the bowl and helping me stir and measure- things like that. That being said, I felt like this book just gave me more of the same and not much new to think about. The recipes are nice because they are simple and easy to follow. However, what saved this book was all the info on where to purchase the child size items featured in the book. That was exactly what I wanted to know while flipping through it the first time and that's what got it the 4th star.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cathhoun on August 23, 2012
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I just got my copy today, and I've already read all the background and made one of the recipes with my 5 year old. She loved it! She loves to help in the kitchen anyway, but she was super excited about the book. The pictures make it really attractive and easy to follow. She had fun picking a recipe and the step-by-step guide - with pictures - was super. I found the instruction to be helpful and pointed. Thanks for a great book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MERod on July 23, 2012
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This book is a fun, thoughtful, innovative way to involve kids as young as 18 months to participate in the kitchen. Pictured step-by-step instructions as well as simple, kid-friendly recipes (pizza, quesadillas, cake, fruit salad, and many more) are guaranteed to please parents and children alike. It will make a wonderful gift for any parent whose child already enjoys watching what goes on in the kitchen or for getting a child involved and interested in the fun and learning of cooking. You'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Peltonen on September 20, 2014
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I have a 20 month old and I love cooking. I wanted more than anything to share my enthusiasm in the kitchen with her but I wasn't sure how to get started. I've read through the entire book and I think it is a brilliant idea. I love the idea of a photo recipe book for children who can not read yet. As the author mentioned I think this may be the only one on the market. I liked the author's suggestions on all the things needed to set up your kitchen, I found this to be very helpful. The Author recommends having your child practice and master the skills before beginning on the recipe section of the book. This was a great idea. I really didn't know how to get started and it has helped me identify things my daughter can do now and how to start working with her on each skill individually. For each skill the author makes recommendations on how you can teach the child the skill which again I found very helpful. For instance, a way to teach a child how to kneed dough is to make some homemade play dough (and the author provides a recipe in the book) and practice with that. I never would have thought to do that.

My only complaint is since this is a book for young children learning to cook I would have preferred the pages to be laminated and it to be spiral bound so it can lay flat on the table. I supposed if I wanted to I could take the book apart and have that done myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SheraLynn on April 9, 2013
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I bought this for a friend and liked it enough that I bought another copy for myself. It has healthy recipes for snacks and main courses. They order the tasks and recipes in such a way that makes sense developmentally. The directions for recipes have clear pictures so kids can follow along before they can read. The pictures are well done.

The only thing it's missing for me is a list of sources for small kitchen utensils. I've been able to find them, but you don't know if it's the right size and a good quality until you try it. I was hoping they would have specifics as to what worked well for them.
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