Cook up some fun with kids at library—June 7, 2013
Looking for some different activities to try with your kids this summer? Why not do some cooking together and experiment with some new recipes!
The library has five cookbooks in the children’s department by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond that each approach cooking from a different angle. D’Amico has taught cooking to elementary and middle school students and Drummond is a registered dietitian. Each of their books begins with a section on cooking skills, such as cutting, measuring and mixing, and safety rules in the kitchen.
In “The Science Chef,” each chapter begins with a question such as “Why does popcorn pop?” and then presents an experiment to try and a selection of recipes. “The Science Chef Travels Around the World” follows the same format but every chapter focuses on a different country. “The Math Chef” begins each chapter with a math question followed by a math activity and recipes. Learning about healthy cooking is the theme of “The Healthy Body Cookbook,” and “The United States Cookbook” includes a recipe and facts about each of the 50 states.
There are six titles in the “Cool Recipes for Your Health” series of cookbooks by Nancy Tuminelly and each book focuses on a very specific type of healthy cooking. The titles in this series are: “Cool Dairy-Free Recipes,” “Cool Meat-Free Recipes,” “Cool Nut-Free Recipes,” “Cool Sugar-Free Recipes,” “Cool Wheat-Free Recipes,” and “Cool Raw Food Recipes.”
Tuminelly says that the recipes in these books are designed to help children cook fun and healthy dishes. She says that adults should encourage children to do as much as they can on their own, but should also be there to offer help and guidance when needed. Each recipe includes a list of ingredients and tools needed, and the steps are illustrated with color photographs.
Look for these and other cookbooks in the children’s section of the library and try some cooking with your kids this summer!