Pretend Soup has rapidly become the children's cookbook classic, and no home or daycare center should be without a copy. Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook, and educator Ann Henderson have created a masterpiece formatted for grown-ups--with written instructions, suggestions, and caveats--and for kids--with illustrated, easy-to-follow pictures. The recipes are both tasty and healthy, and the quotes from kids are very funny (Matthew: "This is so good, I can't even say a word.") While safety is stressed and tips and warnings are included, Katzen and Henderson always stress the fun in food preparation. "Spills are what sponges are for. So keep plenty of sponges around, and a good time will be had by all!"
PreSchool-Grade 3-The theme of this fine cookbook is that cooking is a many-splendored thing. The book's purpose is "to enable very young children to cook as independently as possible under the gentle guidance of an adult partner." Each of the 17 recipes appears twice, once in words and once in full-color pictures. The child is the focus here: attention is paid to physical ability, comfortable work levels, and variety of tactile experience. A long list of skills and attitudes children can gain from cooking supports the idea that the process is more important than the product. Quotes reflect the young cooks' keen observation and joyful participation. Parents' Nursery School's Kids Are Natural Cooks (Houghton, 1974) also uses natural foods and has the same intent as this title. That book is arranged by season and contains more recipes; Pretend Soup focuses more on the processes. Anyone who works or plays with young children would benefit by having both.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Grand daughters liked them each recipe has an adult section and a kids section the popovers are awesome.Published 7 days ago by Justin J Roark
The 8-year-old who received this cookbook prepared quesadillas the same day!Published 1 month ago by LB/NY
My daughter is seven and she loves to cook with me. She's able to make most of these recipes and loves to make them her own. Very happy with this purchase.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to do recipes at the right level for most toddlers who like to cook.Published 3 months ago by L. M. Crane
I bought this to play with my granddaughter in the kitchen. Our whole family like to cook and I want her to have that experience.Published 5 months ago by Margaret Olson
love this little cookbook. My son could help make the recipes even before he could read (age 3) and still loves them (age 6).Published 5 months ago by J. Tilton
Book arrived quickly. We love Mollie Katzen's adult cook books but my six and nine year old daughters found the recipes in this book to be a bit simplistic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Altwies Nicholson
This book is adorable. I sat and read it with my 4 year old nephew and he was so excited about it.Published 7 months ago by Maura Caldwell