Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun

by Amy Houts

"So Much More Than A Cookbook"

"So Much More Than A Cookbook", a statement on the back cover of "Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids", is an accurate description of this delightful resource. The introduction explains the reasons for our food choices including weather, holidays, location, harvest times, and family traditions.

The author uses the simple means of cooking to incorporate a variety of important skills for children. These skills range from learning about healthy eating, kitchen safety, sports nutrition and the changing seasons to spending quality time with family.

Children are taught to give of themselves (while also raising self esteem) by making simple holiday food gifts such as honey butter, spice mix, soup mix, or chocolate chip cookies in a jar. Each page is 'jam packed' with simple, healthy recipes and wonderful ideas.

This book is a valuable resource for anyone in contact with young children whether a child care provider, parent, grandparent or next door neighbor.

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