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"Cooking is fun, and Jessica Levinson, a New York City registered dietitian, is a great teacher. . . What we liked best: The fun color pages and the great recipes." Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From the Inside Flap
(back cover) we can cook is jam-packed with recipes for scrumptious foods that children, ages three and older, can prepare with help from their parents. This imaginative book will encourage children to take their first steps in the kitchen, developing basic skills such as mixing and measuring, discovering new foods and tastes, and above all, having fun. Accompanying the recipes are engaging activities that will add to kids' understanding of the food we eat and where it comes from.
Grilled plums with yogurt dip
Oatmeal cranberry raisin cookies
Veggie fried brown rice . . . and many more
PLUS FUN ACTIVITIES
Make your own cookbook
When is a fruit ripe to eat?
Learning to pour and measure
Using your nose: exploring tastes and smell! . . . and many more
Maja Pitamic has many years experience teaching younger children and holds degrees in Art History and Montessori Teacher Training. She is the author of several activity books for preschoolers, including Art in Action 1, Art in Action 2, I Can Do It, and Child's Play, all available from Barron's.
Jessica Levinson, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is a Registered Dietitian who practices in New York City. She is an experienced writer, editor, and speaker on nutrition topics, and has written on the subject for major national magazines.
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We Can Cook is a confusing book; it is more an activity book for children than a cookbook. The book is spiral-bound, medium format. The recipes range from simple like smoothies to rather elaborate ones (Stuffed Butternut Squash; Pizza). Nowhere the authors indicate for what age group this book was written. Pictures show children from age four to six but instructions given suggest a much younger age. ("Show her how to peel banana," or "halve the tomatoes and let you child add them to the bowl.") It seems children are only allowed to do very simple tasks. There are many pages of activities that are good and instructive for young preschoolers using Pitamic's training and experience. (Grow Your Own Sandwich Filling; Using Your Nose.) Many recipes have useful sidebars in Helpful Hints. The recipes are good and nutritious (Levinson is a dietitian), perhaps excessively so to the detriment of flavor. Brief head notes explain the recipe, ingredients and nutrients. Serving sizes vary from one to eight. Full-page photo illustrations show either a child with a parent in the kitchen or a recipe's final product. Unfortunately, the index is poor. You will have problem finding a previously used recipe. (As appears in The Portland Book Review.)
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This is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes that my whole family loves. My kids love that the food is familiar, comfort food and I love knowing that what they are eating is nutritious. The recipes are well written and easy to follow.
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