In the introduction section, you’ll find Ten Tips for Cooking with Kids. These tips are genuinely helpful and a good sign that the authors know their way around a kitchen with children. Beginning with Spring, the book is organized by the seasons and contains recipes and projects that look fun to do with kids, using fruits and vegetables typically found at a farmers’ market. The section on spring spotlights apricots, beets, strawberries, and more. In addition to tips on how to choose and store each produce, you’ll find recipes for Upside-Down Apricot Skillet Cake, Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes, Easter Eggs Dyed with Beets and Onion Skins, and Strawberry Corn Muffins. Summer brings a bounty of berries, corn, peaches, and tomatoes. So in this section, you’ll find recipes for making Berry Blast Refrigerator Jam, Blackberry Tie-Dye T-Shirts, Summer Corn Pudding, Peach Cobblers, and Peak-of-the-Season Tomato Ketchup. Looking ahead to Fall, I can’t wait to try the recipes for Smooth and Creamy Apple Butter, Poached Pears with Mexican Chocolate Sauce, and Pumpkin Tartlets with Crispy Sugar Crust. For those of you who are lucky to have year-round farmers’ markets, there are winter recipes for a Cauliflower, Ham, and Cheddar Cheese Bake, Baked Cornmeal Onion Rings, and a Holiday Wreath (using citrus fruits for decoration). To market, to market, we go... Happy shopping and cooking!

 

Do you like to cook with children? What are your favorite cookbooks with kid-friendly recipes and food projects?

 

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Sandra Lee Rella, mother of two budding bookworms, is a freelance editor and writer, and a former children’s book review editor.

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