I have been working on a new book for quite some time. Not everyone was excited about it. By “everyone” I mean my publisher. Rather than toss aside my idea and manuscipt, I decided to self publish with CreateSpace. I had big help at home with illustrations. While looking for a graphic artist, I discovered my own kids were able to draw my ideas. (Thankfully they were less expensive too!). I also discovered going overseas to hire freelancers is a great way to find expertise, meet deadlines and stay within budget. Thank you to Dragan in Croatia!
To be fair to my publisher, Cook This Book! is a big departure from my other Petit Appetit titles for sure. Rather than teaching parents, this book turns over the kitchen and foodie activities to kids. Many of my clients’ children, (as well as my own kids) love being involved in the kitchen and take food and cooking seriously. They are not alone, as we now have many kid contestant cooking television shows such as Chopped Jr. and Kids Baking Championship. There are even some pop up restaurants with kid chef’s under 18.
Cook This Book! Over 100 Ways to Imagine, Create, Cook, Eat, Share Dare and Play With Food, encourage kids’ love of food and cooking by giving readers over one hundred activities, games, quizzes, and challenges that kids can do with food. There are no rules and no right answers. Each kid will experience the book in a unique and interactive way. Have a fast speed scavenger hunt in the supermarket. Create your own recipe using only five ingredients. Challenge your brother to a chili pepper taste off. Kids can skip around or do the same challenge over and over with different friends and family members and new ingredients. They can also post photos of their fun (#cookthisbook) to share and compare with other readers.
This book empowers kids to create, cook, eat, dare, and share their foodie fun, knowledge, and experiences. Those just starting in the kitchen will find recipes for some favorites such as spaghetti, pancakes, and brownies. With helpful tips for knife skills, restaurant etiquette, and more! By experimenting with food they just might become the next big chef, a food critic, or at least help you make dinner.