I hope that you had the opportunity to join us last night for our Twitter Book Party with Ramin Ganeshram the author of Stir It Up! A wonderful book but more about that below. Some kids love to read, others may not but most kids like to cook. By following a recipe kids are reading and practicing some math skills too. Encourage them to experiment and make up their own recipes. Our book selections for this week are about cooking.
Stir It Up! by Ramin Ganeshram is for the ‘tween set but can be read to younger children and enjoyed by older ones too. “Thirteen-year-old Anjali’s life is rich with the smell of curry from her parents’ roti shop and an absolute passion for food. More than anything, Anjali wants to be a chef who competes on a kids’ cooking reality TV show. But Anjali must keep her wish a secret from her family, who thinks Anjali’s passions are just a hobby and beneath her. Thank goodness for Deema, Anjali’s grandmother, whose insight and love can push past even the oldest family beliefs.” A heartwarming story that includes delicious recipes that will entice the reader out of their reading nook and into the kitchen.
Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook by Nicola Graimes is a cookbook for kids in grades 2 and up. The book begins with explanations of kitchen hygiene and how to use the recipes. This is followed by descriptions of healthy foods and why they are healthy. The recipes themselves go from the simple to the complex and depending on the age of the child will require an adult’s help. This is a cookbook that the whole family can enjoy.
Southern Living: Kids Cookbook: 124 Recipes Kids Will Love to Make and Love to Eat written by the Editors of Southern Living Magazine. Each recipe contains a picture of the finished product and detailed steps for its preparation. The book is spiral binding so it lies and has a wipe-clean cover, a feature parents will appreciate. Each recipe also contains nutritional information so kids learn how to make healthy choices. The cookbook also contains food safety tips, basic cooking techniques, and other fun ideas.