Monday, June 17, 2013

Cooking Is Cool: A Book Review

About The Book:

Cooking can be a delicious learning experience for children. As children read recipes, measure ingredients, and taste each dish, they build math and literacy skills, practice science process skills, and explore different food groups. Cooking Is Cool makes all of this hands-on learning possible without stepping foot in the kitchen. These classroom-friendly recipes are all heat-free, meaning they can be made without an oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate. With your guidance, budding chefs can follow the easy instructions to transform fresh, simple ingredients into tasty snacks, beverages, entrees, and treats.

This book includes

  • More than 50 heat-free recipes that are fun to make and taste great
  • An explanation of the learning that occurs as children cook
  • Tips to create your own classroom cooking center
  • Nutrition information, extension ideas, and interesting food facts

  • Age focus: 3-12. Softbound, 144 pgs.

    About The Author:

    Marianne E. Dambra has more than twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education. She is the president of Early Childhood Education Network of Rochester, Inc., an early childhood education corporation that provides training to caregivers and teachers in the early childhood field in Rochester, New York. She has presented on heat-free cooking with children since 1994, including eight National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conferences, twelve New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) conferences, and numerous regional AEYC conferences. Marianne holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood studies and is pursuing a master's degree in teaching and curriculum. 

    My Review:

    What a fun book!

    If you are looking for a great book that will allow you to cook heat free with young children, then this is definitely the book you will want. Each recipe is accompanied with a full color photo, and super easy to follow instructions to make things like Butterfly Salad (p. 55),  Banana Cream Pie Smoothie (P. 27), Honey Yogurt Dip (P. 15) and Salsa (P. 23). Each of these recipes were so yummy. Not only do I have two of my own children, but I also run a family child care program in my home and all those children LOVED each of these creations! I have already gone through the book and marked with recipes I want to use for meals and snacks. I also love it for the fact that I can add this resource to my arsneal for science and cooking activities for the program, and not worry about children getting burnt from heat sources. A wonderful addition to my already large cookbook recipe, and perfect for those parents and caregivers that are struggling for great and healthy snack ideas for their children.

    Here is one recipe from the book:

    Honey Yogurt Dip:

    2 cups vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup honey
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    fresh fruit, such as apples, bananas, and strawberries for dipping

    1. combine yogurt, honey and cinnamon in a mixing bowl
    2. stir until all ingredients are blended\
    3. spoon into small bowls for dipping
    4. cut fresh fruit into small bite sized pieces and serve


    Try varying the yogurt flavors in the dip. Make a chart showing how many of the children liked which flavors or which was their favorite flavors.

    A Book To Read:

    The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle is a playful story about a honeybee and her adventure to get some nectar.

    Super easy and super yummy recipe that makes for a fun time as child and parent or in a small group! Perfect for enjoying summer fruit during the upcoming school break for sure!

    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

    BUY IT: You can purchase Cooking Is Cool online through it`s publisher, Red Leaf Press.

    ***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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