Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Top 5 kids' cookbooks I couldn't walk past

List by Tosca

There is no love sincerer than the love of food."
- George Bernard Shaw in Man and Superman

Once upon a time, Mr. 14 and Mr. 12 and I used to bake a lot. Then, after a day that ended in pony cookies with legs missing and tears and shortbread dough up the wall (don't ask - we still don't talk about that day 7 years later) we never spent time cooking together again. Mr. 7, on the other hand, LOVES it. For some reason, we get along okay in the kitchen. Admittedly, he complains that I don't let him do more on his own but, other than that, he doesn't mind my 'thing' for order/symmetry/even numbers and I don't mind that he talks nineteen to the dozen (apparently without needing to breathe). I was downstairs in Manukau Library picking up a couple of requests and had a sudden brainwave to raid their children's cookbooks section - 641.5 - and came away with the following books/recipes that I think Kalani and I could do together. Bon appetit :)

Williams-Sonoma : fun food / recipes by Stephanie Rosenbaum ; general editor, Chuck Williams ; photography, Jason lowe
Fun Food! Is your tummy growling? Are you faint with hunger? Why not make yourself something satisfying! With Williams-Sonoma Fun Food, youngsters age 8 and up can make a meal for the whole family -- and learn about cooking along the way. There are more than 25 scrumptious ideas inside!

Recipes I'd like to try with Mr. 7: Glazed baby back ribs (I hate them, he loves them), shepherd's pie, tomato and salami angel hair and macaroni and cheese (as classics go we've never made this together).

Little kitchen : 40 delicious and simple things that children can really make / Sabrina Parrini ; photography by Jacqui Melville
Using the elements that make the the author's Little Kitchen cooking school so popular - a love of 'real' food, a desire to nurture the magic of childhood, and a weakness for all things whimsical, wholesome and playful - Little Kitchen is a true children's cookbook. The fun, tasty recipes are aimed squarely at kids, with easy-to-understand instructions and inspiring photographs of each meal or snack. Sabrina Parrini takes the junior cook on an adventure through a wide range of recipes, both savoury and sweet - no TV dinners in sight for these little chefs! You'll find quick snacks for after-school hunger pangs, dinners to impress mum and dad, and sweet treats for those special moments when the tooth fairy has turned a blind eye. Little Kitchen is the perfect first recipe book for the budding chef in your family.

Recipes I'd like to try with Mr. 7: Tasty tuna bake and honey and soy chicken kebabs.

The AWW cooking school for kids / food director, Pamela Clark
Thanks to celebrity chefs and TV cooking shows, children have become very interested in cooking. This book teaches them how to do it. Every recipe has a photograph of the finished dish, step-bystep pictures and easy-to-follow instructions. There is a glossary of cooking terms, a glossary of cooking techniques with step by step pictures, and an illustrated glossary of ingredients. There are recipes for all things kids like to eat: eggs, pizza, pasta, pies, desserts, cakes. There are recipes for breakfast, after-school snacks, even a Mother's Day tea party. All the recipes have been triple tested so they're guaranteed to work.

Recipes I'd like to try with Mr. 7: Mushroom stroganoff, corn fritters with sweet tomato chilli sauce and spaghetti carbonara with peas (only minus the peas ICK)

How to cook / consultant, Maggie Mayhew
A practical and fun introduction to creative cooking and a love of good food! How to Cook gives budding chefs the know-how and confidence to cook how you want, whether for yourself or to impress friends and family. With over 40 easy-to-follow recipes, from Ginger Chicken Stir Fry to Sacher Torte, there is a great balance of healthy meals and treats from different cuisines around the world. Ages 9+

Recipes I want to try with Mr. 7: Pipérade, huevos rancheros and fruit crumble.

Children's healthy & fun cookbook / written by Nicola Graimes ; photography by Howard Shooter
Bored with your usual meals? Take charge in the kitchen and put the fun back into healthy eating! From Sunshine Jelly to Tuna Quesadillas, create 100 nutritious and mouth-watering recipes including seafood salad, fruit sundaes and delicious pasta. Step-by-steps show exactly how to whip up perfection on a plate in no time, so you can transform your breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Discover why you are what you eat and learn what affect food has on how your body works - you'll be a health expert in no time! Whatever you cook up, it will be as much fun to make as it will be to eat.

Recipes I want to try with Mr. 7: Banana pancakes, jambalaya and fruit bread pudding.

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