I am so excited to tell you about a new book that was sent for my review last week, pictured on my desk above. It is written by Suzanne Gross and Sally Fallon Morell, designed to teach children to cook according to Nourishing Traditions. In a word, I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars or a resounding thumbs up. I consider this book to be a must-have for the parents in our community! I think that The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children, distributed now via our Amazon affiliation, is not only a fun and educational way to teach children how to cook, but many adults new to cooking and/or new to Nourishing Traditions will benefit as well!
With over six hundred thousand copies sold, Nourishing Traditions has changed the way so many of us nourish ourselves and our children. The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children provides children with the key messages of the parent book―the benefits of eggs, butter, bone broths and soups, lacto-fermented foods, meat and organ meats. Replete with detailed, colorful illustrations of each of the items in the ingredient and tool lists, as we as many of the finished recipes, the book teaches the basics of healthy cooking step by step. It includes many original recipes for healthy snacks, desserts, baked goods, lunches and breakfasts, so those who already own Nourishing Traditions may expand their repertoire as well!
- Introduction [for parents and teachers]
- Kitchen Tools
- Measuring Guide
- Incredible Eggs!
- Mighty Milk!
- Butter is Better
- Super Snacks
- Vibrant Vegetables!
- The Secret’s in the Soup
- Friendly Ferments
- Soak, Sour and Sprout!
- Meet Your Meat
- My Healthy Lunch
- What’s for Dessert?
- Recipe Index
Each section starts with an overview before the recipes. For example, the section titled Incredible Eggs! covers what sizes and colors they come in, and what constitutes a healthy egg. It asks the reader to consider what creatures lay eggs. It covers terms such as Vegetarian-Fed, Cage-Free, and Free-Range. It also describes how the color of the egg yolks reveals how the chicken was raised. The egg section includes recipes for scrambled eggs, Mexican scrambled eggs, hard and soft boiled eggs, deviled eggs, egg eyes [fried eggs], egg-dipped french toast, Greek omelet, pizza omelet, egg yolk smoothie, and egg nog. The reader will learn how to crack eggs, separate egg yolks from egg whites, and why raw egg yolks are safe. They’ll also learn that sharp knives are safer than dull ones, and how to cut most safely. Lastly, they are encouraged to clean up the kitchen when they are finished!
Similarly, the Meet Your Meat section includes a side bar on Giving Thanks and explores how we may feel when we eat animals we’ve killed for food. It also includes a sidebar on Tofu, and why we don’t recommend it as a substitute for meat. The What’s for Dessert section starts with an overview guide to natural sweeteners, and a side bar on the blood sugar roller coaster, describing how our blood sugar goes up and down depending on what foods we eat.
If we don’t teach our children to cook nourishing foods, who will?
The authors assert that learning how to cook is just as valuable in life as knowing how to read or write. Food is one of our basic needs. And the quality of our food has a profound impact on our health and ultimately, the quality of our life. Cooking is rarely taught in schools and even when it is, there are often compromises made regarding the quality of the food that we wouldn’t recommend.
The authors also point out that children are more likely to eat food they’ve helped prepare. Cooking with children provides an opportunity to teach them which foods are healthy and why. It can spark questions about where our food comes from and how it is made. The book includes a section on tips for cooking with children.
This book can serve as an opportunity to turn your kitchen into a classroom! For example, the measurements involved in cooking can be used to teach numbers, counting, math and fractions, especially when doubling or having recipes. Reading recipes provides practice in phonics and comprehension. Cooking together, especially if you have more than one child, helps children learn to work cooperatively in a group. Older children can even be responsible of handling the money and keeping the shopping trip within budget.
What I like about this book is that is it very educational, interactive, well-organized, graphic and clearly presented. The instructions don’t skip a single step! I like the simplicity of the language and the fact that it is detail oriented. Recipes include a wide variety of savory and sweet dishes ranging from avocado dressing, roast chicken, French toast, hummus, water kefir, a number of soups, stews and salads, and desserts such apple cobbler, butter cookies, carob brownies and ice cream.
I particularly love the recipe for Oat Crunchies that explains why we don’t recommend breakfast cereal! I know I will start to use their words: You may just want to say “cheerio” to your Cheerios.
I am sincerely excited to try some new recipes in this book myself! As I’ve said, this book is not just for children!
Sally Fallon Morell has generously offered our community members 5 copies of Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children. I will randomly choose 5 qualifying respondents on May 18, 2015 at 9:00P PDT. Enter with a comment, at least 5 sentences long, that answers the question below. Be sure to use the words Nourishing Traditions in your comment.
[Recipients have been randomly chosen: Leandra Kapity, Jamie, Megan Merseth, Cynthia Tamayo, and Kirsten]