Sunday, November 23, 2014

I am joining again with other kid bloggers for November edition of Poppins Book Nook. The topic this month is To the Kitchen, and I am going to share how kids and books mix in the kitchen for us.
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Reading About Cooking

I always enjoyed the picture books that talk about cooking and feature recipes in the end. Over years, we read many of those. I placed our favorites in my Amazon affiliate widget

Cooking with Cookbooks

While reading all these books with recipes is fun, they don’t necessarily translate into learning to cook. For once, most of the books feature desserts, which we make once a week, if we are lucky. For twice, we often read together after dinner and not before it. However, learning to cook is an important goal in my list of parenting goals and therefore I am always looking for kid cookbooks during library sales and garage sales. Here are two of our favorites (both acquired at library book sales).
Klutz Kids CookingKlutz Kids Cooking is printed on thick glossy paper that is able to take spills and can be consulted directly while cooking. Recipes are neatly divided into Breakfast, Lunches/Snacks, Dinners and Salads, Desserts. Some popular non-edible recipes (play dough, face paint, etc) are thrown as a bonus chapter. The recipes are kid-friendly and accompanied by detailed pictures.  The book (as most kid cookbooks) still assumes grown up participation.
Paula Deen My First Cookbook
Paula Deen’s: My First Cookbook is not as sturdy, but I found the recipes to be more “practical”, and I like that all of them are made “from scratch”, even homemade bread. There is a special section for holiday specials as well as a section about cooking for your parents (with an adult still supervising for younger kids). I see this book to be a more natural first step to independent cooking, but I think we still have a year or two to go before we entrust Smarty to use a stove or an oven without supervision.

Why Reading Cookbooks Is Important for Kids

Learning-to-Cook Even if you are an accomplished cook making recipes from memory or looking them up, I believe it’s important to have cookbooks in the house and to introduce kids to cookbooks:
  • The vocabulary is more defined, which is helpful for beginning or reluctant readers.
  • Kids learn to use abbreviations, fractions, and metric conversion intuitively while doing practical jobs such as measuring their ingredients.
  • There is some math involved when a recipe needs to be scaled up or down.
  • Children feel more involved and have a better understanding how the food comes to our table, especially if parents discuss it with them while preparing meals together.
  • Picky eaters might be more encouraged to try new foods if they select the recipe themselves and help prepare it.

Cooking Around the World

What I love about cooking is that it’s an excellent way to explore the world through researching and preparing ethnic dishes at home. We did it in the past as part of our hands-on geography explorations and also through participation in Around the World in 12 Dishes project. Unfortunately, lately we’ve had too much going on and I had to drop out of 12 Dishes, but we learned some new recipes along the way. And it’s even better when a book and a dish can be linked together, as we did with our Italy study when Smarty was in preschool.

read-and-learn-italyYour Turn

Do you have a favorite recipe book – for kids or for you?

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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings~Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~Simple Living Mama

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love picture books with recipes - but you're right, they are often dessert recipes. I can't say we've ever found a real cookbook for kids that we've liked. The recipes are always either too involved, or too strange - things the kids wouldn't eat.

Ticia said...

I was just looking through recipe books today because I'm wanting to start up with our geography cooking again. We've gotten so behind on it.

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I've never tried cookbooks with my daughter but now I have some good ideas about where to start!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Thanks for these recommendations! My kids love to help in the kitchen.

A Book Long Enough said...

What a wonderful idea for a post! Sharing ... found you on the Little Birdie Told Me Link up.

Love Keil said...

What a great idea to use kids cooking books... getting them next time we have a trip to the library.

Anonymous said...

These are great suggestions for getting kids in the kitchen cooking!

Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!