Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Joining the "Young Chefs" Blog Tour

I'm happy to be part of the Young Chefs Blog Tour through Cedar Fort Cookbooks. Young Chefs is a new cookbook by Christina Dymock. The cookbook is designed for teaching children cooking skills and is filled with kid-friendly recipes.
The first part of the book provides children with a glossary of cooking terms to familiarize them with the language used in the kitchen. After that, there are step-by-step photographs that demonstrate different cooking processes to teach children how to correctly and safely perform tasks such as measuring dry ingredients and liquids, cracking an egg, taking food out of the oven, and using a sharp knife.

The recipes that follow are divided into traditional categories such as breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, sides, and desserts. Each recipe features a Tool Box that tells us exactly which tools will be needed to complete the job. My son chose to make one of the featured sandwiches. The tools he needed for this job was a plate and butter knife. 

Of course, adult supervision and help is needed with most of the recipes. But, that's the fun part of being in the kitchen with your children - sharing the tasks. I fried the bacon for his sandwich. If we would have had pre-cooked bacon, he would have needed no help at all. He also requested toasted bread for the sandwich. Since we don't own a toaster, we toast our bread in a skillet. This is one of the tasks that my son has mastered recently - toasting the bread in the skillet (with my supervision). He enjoys flipping it with a spatula. I also had him wash the lettuce and gather all of the ingredients for the sandwich.

He was quite proud of his accomplishment. He said it had always been a dream of his to have a club sandwich at home. We ended up preparing these sandwiches on Saturday and Sunday. He couldn't get enough.

The recipes in this cookbook are simple to prepare and will appeal to both children and adults alike. I love the idea of a cookbook that is geared towards engaging children in the kitchen. My sons are eight and ten and have recently taken an interest in learning to cook their favorite dishes. Now, we have added a cookbook to our collection that they can consider theirs. I'm looking forward to more dreams coming true in the kitchen.
Disclaimer: Cedar Fort provided me with a copy of the cookbook for review for the blog tour; however, the opinion expressed here is my own.

1 comment:

  1. Your son's sandwich turned out awesome! It looks so good. Best wishes!


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