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Picture Yourself Cooking With Your Kids Paperback – International Edition, October 24, 2008
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About the Author
Beth Sheresh has been cooking as long as she can remember and writing about food for a number of years. Starting when she was standing tip-toe on a kitchen chair, she learned to cook from a series of masters of kitchen magic. As a pre-teen, she moved to a town without a decent bakery and taught herself to bake bread. Since then, she has taught herself many more skills and helped lots of young friends learn to cook, always creating a signature cookie for them along the way.
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The recipes are great, too. The pancakes in particular are fabulous- healthy, tasty, great texture. My husband made them with our 2-year-old niece, and they had a blast. It was a simple enough recipe for her to be able to "help" a fair amount. All the recipes involve easy measurements, so kids of all ages can help in varying degrees.
The author designed this cookbook to involve kids in the whole process - learning about how food is grown and how it is brought to market, making good nutritional choices, basic cooking techniques, making the kitchen kid-friendly, age appropriate cooking, how to use appliances, etc. The author educates the adults in a friendly way so they can turn around and involve/teach the children.
What I'm trying to say is that Picture Yourself Cooking With Your Kids is more than recipes, although there are plenty of those.
The format of the book is kid-friendly with plenty of pictures, instructions, "try this" boxes, notes, and "tip" boxes, For example, the Lemon Rosemary Chicken recipe has a "freezes well" icon, 4 pictures , info on the time it takes to make and the time it takes altogether including baking, the nutritional information, ingredients, directions, and a Cook's Tip box. I appreciate that the recipes are for food that is good for my family. Light and Fluffy Oat Pancakes, Gobble It Up Turkey Kabobs, Squish Squash Soup, Pizza Your Way, Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones, and Ginger Applesauce Cake are a few of the recipes.
There are cookbooks out there with easier recipes, but this cookbook is about learning to cook real meals and learning skills that will last a lifetime. It's about sharing experiences, adult and child, in the spirit of adventure and cooperation.