Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National Geographic Kids Cookbook

6301717National Geographic Kids Cookbook – A Year-Round FUN Food Adventure
Published at National Geographic Kids

About the book

Join Barton Seaver—master chef and National Geographic Explorer—on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. Follow along as he teaches you to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party for your friends, and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with your food, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, and family cooking competitions. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbookwill have you ruling the kitchen in no time!

My Thoughts

I love it when my kids have an interest in doing something in the kitchen.  I am not just saying that because they do their chores like doing the dishes but they also enjoy making food.   And they love new cookbooks!  So when I got the opportunity to review the upcoming new cookbook from National Geographic Kids I couldn’t pass this up.    And I am delighted to see that the book is very colorful, packed with fun recipes and the kids will definitively learn a thing or two with it.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Cooking tools
  • Kitchen safety
  • Cooking Techniques
  • January – New Year’s Party, cuisine scene: Southern United States, healthy eating, snow day snacks, challenge: play with your food, kitchen skill: how to use a knife.
  • February – Valentine’s Day Dinner, science of sweet, kitchen skill: seasoning with salt, edible weather report, green scene: make a 3-D valentine, challenge: soup off.
  • March – International Feast, people profile: George Washington Carver, green scene: grow an indoor herb garden, kitchen skill: blanching vegetables, challenge: what’s your green tally?
  • April – Egg-stravaganza!, edible weather report, breakfast block party, green scene: food for your garden, challenge: fruit salad face-off.
  • May – editble treats, kitchen skills: how to measure, green scene: make a birdbath, people profile: Sam Kass, challenge: farmers market name game.
  • June – grilling 101, dinner time, green scene: ocean alert, challenge: protein power-up, people profile: Dune Lankard and Forrest Pritchard
  • July – plan a picnic, edile weather report, kitchen skill: cleaning up as you go, green scene: green summer adventures, challenge: family chef competition, goin’ veggie.
  • August – heritage recipes, understanding heritage, truth about food waste, green scene: water, water everywhere, people profile: Sandra Postel, challenge: family recipe book
  • September – lunch, anatomy of a sandwich, scheduling September, people profile: Alice Waters, green scene: make a reusable lunch bag, share your food, challenge: pack your lunch
  • October – spooky pizza party, scary snacks, edible weather report, challenge: witches’ toenail trail mix
  • November – harvest feast, volunteering, green scene: create a green Thanksgiving, cuisine scene: Mitsitam restaurant, challenge: leftovers bonanza
  • December – holiday celebration, cuisine scene: a cultural melting pot, green scene: Earth-friendly holidays, challenge: start a cooking club, people profile: Haile Thomas
  • Resources, thematic Index, Recipe Index.

As you can see not only will they learn recipes to make but they also have a monthly challenge, kitchen skills to learn and will discover people who have influenced the food world.    This book is the first book for junior chefs with Barton Seaver.    Your junior chef will also learn new ways to play with the food, weird-but-true food facts, as well as activities and challenge to do.

The photos included in this book are stunning, the meal presented in order to get your stomach growling, and the information included in this book is definitively informative.  With a child who keep saying he wants to be a chef, this book is definitively a blessings.   As soon as he saw it he said:  “What is this book?”   I look forward to see what he will make based on the things included in the book.

Whether your child is already involved in the cooking time at home or has not helped yet, I think this book would be a great challenge for any child interested in doing more in the kitchen.

National Geographic Kids Cookbook is available at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to MM Publicity for sending me the above mentioned title for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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