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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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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.
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At first sight my 4-year old daughter was enthralled. The first night we tried the veggie dip and a few days later we did the muffins. I found the trick was for me to review the recipe in advance and lay out all the utensils needed. Then I clamped the open book to a stool in the kitchen and my daughter used stickies to 'check' off the steps that she had already done. The only big disappointment was that my daughter didn't seem to like (eat) either recipe she made! Luckily, she's more interested in the process than the result at this age, so it doesn't seem to hinder her from making more recipes from the book. She's constantly asking me to try the chocolate cake!
Here are some suggestions for the author:
1. Have a picture (or list) of all the kitchen tools that are needed to make the recipe so we can collect them in advance (e.g. tongs, garlic press, juicer, mixing bowl, muffin pan, spatula, measuring cup, etc.) -- seems like a basic ask but this would not only save me time going through the recipe but in the future my daughter would be able to collect her own equipment.
2. Just a few more ingredients (spices or otherwise) may make the food (based off just two recipes for now) a little more edible for my daughter. I think adding a few teaspoons of spice would not make the recipes too complex but may improve the flavor. It would be such a win if my daughter adored the food she made herself!
3. Would love you to expand to more materials -- recipe cards (laminated so child can use dry-erase marker to check off completed steps), dedicated books (stove top cooking, baking, salads, sweets, etc), and anything else Kids in the Kitchen related would be awesome!
And finally in response to some of the reviews where people stated they thought the recipes were too easy (since I know the author can't respond to her own reviews) -- the idea of this book is so your children can prepare a meal COMPLETELY by themselves (some adult supervision obviously dependent upon the child's age and experience). I notice the recipes are in sequential order from super simple (fruit salad) to more complex (chocolate cake). I think the reason for this is two-fold: 1. Enables children to slowly improve their skill in the kitchen as the recipes slowly progress in complexity and 2. I'd imagine it could also be age-related where simpler recipes in the beginning are geared towards younger children and as they get older they can move forward in the book to more complex recipes. I thought the complexity of the recipes themselves were absolutely PERFECT for children to cook completely independently. Maybe the author should be more specific about the purpose of the book (on Amazon) - Sara does a great job explaining it in the book.
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.