If you have ever had any hesitation about bringing your kiddos into the kitchen, I sincerely hope you read this, get this book, and then change your mind. Aside from mud pies in the backyard, the kitchen is the first laboratory where children can theorize, hypothesize, and bring their experiments to life.
Yes, the kitchen houses multiple tools that can be dangerous in the wrong set of tiny hands, but there are so many ways around each of those obstacles. Learning to be mindful, clean and safe in the kitchen from an early age is simply invaluable.
Which is why I love this new book from author Leah Brooks. Founder of the Y.U.M Chefs (Young, Urban, Modern Chefs) in San Fransisco, and a long time chef herself, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Baking With Kids.
From healthy recipes for busy mornings, to breads, muffins, cookies, pies and more, this book is indispensable.
The book begins with a thorough safety tutorial with specific suggestions for age and experience level, with great little side notes for how to involve even the littlest of chefs. From there Brooks lays out the necessary tools and pantry ingredients to make sure kids are prepared to bake whenever their hearts desire. What's else is great? She also covers the oh-so-important habit of cleaning while you bake!
After several great sections of recipes, the book concludes with delightful party ideas. From cookie celebrations, to personal pizza parties, your next birthday party will be a breeze.
Whether you are a novice cook yourself, or a seasoned pastry chef, Baking with Kids is the perfect book to help you get the little bakers in your life in the kitchen learning, laughing, and best of all, eating!
Which is why we want to give one lucky blog reader the chance to win a copy! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog by 8am Thursday February 12th. The winner will be chosen by the lovely Random Number Generator, and announced later that day.
Good luck everyone!
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