There’s a fun and unique new book about food and cooking for kids. It’s called Starting from Scratch : What You Should Know about Food and Cooking, written by food journalist Sarah Elton & illustrated by Jeff Kulak. It’s an upbeat exploration of food that addresses a wide variety of information including cooking as a science, the building blocks of taste (i.e. “The Wacky World of Flavor Science”), and getting ready to prepare a meal in the kitchen.
My kids enjoy looking through this book with me and learning various facts about food. The illustrations are whimsical, playful and charming. Plus I’ve learned some interesting facts, like for example, did you know that bubble gum flavor is made from wintergreen, spearmint, and banana, with a little orange oil, cinnamon and vanilla?
What I like best about this book is that it encourages kids to cook from scratch to eat better and save money, but most of all because it’s fun!
Starting from Scratch is a book for all ages to enjoy together. It’s not a cookbook, but rather, it is a conversation-starter around the science, culture, and practices surrounding food. It’s a book for kids to learn where their food comes from, make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and even budget for a trip to the grocery store (pg. 62). It makes a great gift for any young chef or for a graduate just starting out on his or her own.
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For more information or to order this book, visit www.owlkidsbooks.com.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to help facilitate this review. My opinions are 100% mine.)
We made pizza for dinner tonight with the kiddos and they were really excited to help. It sounds like this book would be awesome for keeping them involved with cooking and interested in learning more about food. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book and offering this fun giveaway!
Michelle Johnson says
I’d give this to my daughter! She loves helping in the kitchen.
Christina Finke says
Looks like a fun thing to do together.
david higley says
My favorite books are cook books! This would make for some family memories in the kitchen. Plus, it’s important to teach kids how to cook.
kimberly bhatti says
my kids would love this