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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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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: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very little new or challenging in this book. If you yourself have limited kitchen experience or your children have never been in a kitchen before, you might benefit from the tedious pages of how to set up a kitchen and how to chop/grate etc. But if your kids are like mine and wanting something to stretch/teach them, look elsewhere. The recipes are as stated, simple. And for 10 recipes, this book is sadly overpriced.
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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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It is shorter than expected but gives a great base and how-to to bring kids, even little ones, into the kitchen. I spend so much time in there, I want my kids to join me and develop a love for cooking too. No ideas that really struck me as new and surprising, but combines ideas you might think of otherwise (or read on the internet) into an easy to follow consolidated book. Recommended as a gift for kids/parents who have too many toys.
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Lots of great simple recipes that are healthy to boot. I do not have a picky eater at home, but my two year old really enjoys food that she makes "by herself". I find that there is much less drama using some of these recipes than when I try to get her to eat healthy stuff that I make without out her input. There are also some sweets and other yummy goodies in here too. This book really helps to build a fun family activity for us on the weekends on top of building a love for making fresh food yourself. We are not a very "crunchy" family. We do not do only organic, non-gmo, etc, etc, but we do our best to make good choices within our budget and our lifestyle. The only reason this book gets a 4 is because, if you want to do it right it is best to splurge on the kid-sized real tools they recommend including a good sturdy step stool or a kid sized table if your little helpers are still not quite table sized yet. I know it is unfair to lower the rating because I had to do more shopping, but the reality is for this to work well, and by that I mean both effectively and safely with the smallest cooks (like my 2 year old) the right tools in the right size make a huge difference.

If you are starting this with older kids, say 4-7, you probably will be fine with only some of the tools or none of them if you child already handles serving and table utensils with ease. In that case, the book is simple to follow, with easy recipes that my little chef enjoys with out much fuss as long as she gets to "make it herself:.
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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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