She's told us since she was a tiny little girl (where did that tiny little girl go??) that she wanted to be a baker when she grew up and that her little brother would be her baker's helper. But when it comes to actually spending time in the kitchen, Buddy has always stuck around for more of the baking process while PS loses interest, and, now that she can read, goes off and loses herself in a book.
I have an assortment of children's cookbooks from my own childhood. Buddy got her a fairy cookbook for her birthday. And equipped with a Barnes and Noble gift card from her aunt, she picked out a chilren's cookbook the other day. From it we made some yummy chocolate mint cookies.
When buying a children's cookbook, this is what I look for:
- it must have pictures (preferred even over drawings)
- a list (picture lists are awesome) of ingredients needed for the recipe
- a list of kitchen pans and gadgets needed for the recipe
- small recipes (cookie recipes that call for 1 1/2 cups of flour rather than 4)
- no recipes that call for food kids should have (coffee granules, etc.)
Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book
Usborne's Fairy Cooking
DK's The Baking Book (this is the version I checked out from the library, it looks like Amazon has newer versions)
Sweet Eats (the cover on mine is different)
DK's Mom and Me Cookbook (this is the one PS bought)
*Being that PS is my oldest, and she isn't easily neglected among the three kids being forced to fend for herself foodwise, when is she old enough to cook?? She makes toast and sandwiches. What else should I be letting her do?
**Check your library too. The nonfiction kid book section of your library should be well stocked with kid cookbooks. Mine is, and my library is lacking a lot.