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Book Review

LLLI, 1995
Softcover, 96 pages
Available from the LLLI Online Store.

Reviewed by Unity Dienes
Hollis NH USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 19 No. 6, November-December 2002, pp. 228

WHOLE FOODS FOR KIDS TO COOK contains almost 100 recipes for snacks, side dishes, drinks, desserts, and main dishes, which are divided into two categories: "Beginning to Cook" and "Now You're Cooking." In the introduction, Judy Torgus talks about toddlers "helping" in the kitchen, and notes that "children are often willing to eat a wider variety of foods when they are involved in the preparation."

La Leche League members and their children contributed all the recipes in this book. The easiest ones are simple enough for a preschooler to prepare mostly on his own, with a parent or older sibling reading the instructions, explaining terms, and helping him find ingredients and tools. Others are better suited for older children with more cooking experience. Because the book is intended to be used by parents and children cooking together, the instructions and explanations are not as extensive and detailed as those in The Mash and Smash Cookbook.

When children begin helping in the kitchen as toddlers or preschoolers, they will learn quite naturally from their parents the skills that will help them to cook more independently when they are older. WHOLE FOODS FOR KIDS TO COOK can be a big help, with lots of healthy, appealing recipes perfect for parents and children cooking together.

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