Kids in the Kitchen

Parents and children can spend quality time together baking a batch of cookies. Children of all ages can get involved even if it's just pouring pre-measured ingredients into the bowl. Some benefits children gain while cooking are reading and math skills that will last a lifetime. These titles from our digital collections will give you ideas on how to spend time together in the kitchen.

From Scottish Scones and Cupid's Cupcakes to Grandma's Hamentaschen, Halloween Haystacks and Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie — this a wonderful collection of fun, family-friendly dessert recipes from around the world. Rosemary Black, food editor at the New York Daily News and mother of six, is an expert at rolling up her sleeves and baking with kids - and finding terrific recipes that all ages will love to make and eat. In this delightful, informative new book, Rosemary brings together 150 very special recipes from around the world.

For over twenty years the nonprofit organization Cooking with Kids has educated thousands of children to make healthy eating choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures. Written for families to use together, this cookbook includes Cooking with Kids' most enthusiastically kid-tested dishes, along with tips for engaging children in the kitchen and in the garden. Kids can even pick up a pencil or a crayon and do fun and educational activities right inside the book. Featuring more than sixty-five recipes-among them South American Llapingachos, Minestrone, and Coconut Rice Balls-the authors dish up tasty, nutritious meals and snacks that teach children how to help plan, prepare, and cook meals. This book will show parents and caregivers that kids will enjoy a broad array of foods when they chop, measure, mix, and-of course-eat with pleasure.

Get the kids involved with Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids by Autumn Carpenter. This instructional craft book is filled with fun baking and decorating experiences that you can share with your children or grandchildren, while teaching them valuable skills they will use for a lifetime. With adult supervision, kids can learn to decorate cookies, cupcakes, and cakes for holidays, special events, or to share with friends. Within these pages, you'll learn baking and preparing of cake, cupcakes, and cookies, starting off with the basics: utensils needed, measuring instructions, and kitchen safety tips. After the basics, the book continues with baking, filling, and icing—50 to 60 techniques in all—with eye-appealing, tasty designs for children to create that incorporate the methods taught. Instructions include piped icing as well as rolled fondant.


If you have kids at home, you already have some sous chefs in the house. Kids love to create and cook. If you involve your family in the cooking, they will learn more about food, be more aware of what they are eating, and become nutritionally responsible. For those who have picky eaters, it has been proven that if kids help prepare a meal, they are more likely to eat it. By getting the entire family involved in family meals, everyone benefits. Not only do you increase quality timespent as a family, take away the stress of the person who feels pressured to put meals on the table after a busy day but you may even decrease the incidence of disease. In this video you will see some healthy recipes that families can prepare and enjoy together.


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