The other day, ok, it may have been the other month, I was delighted to be asked to review “Kids Cook the World” – a cook book for kids, with recipes from across the world. I was delighted because I’m always on the lookout for a few additions to my limited list of recipes (I’m not very creative when it comes to cooking) and while I have enough cook books that are sitting unused in my cupboard, this one is a bit different.
For one, the recipes are simple so that kids can cook. That’s a nice thought, even nicer because it also makes it easier for me (I don’t have much patience for overly complicated recipes with ingredients lists the length of a page). Lots of pictures make the book attractive and easy to follow.
With each recipe comes some information on the country it comes from – not too much, just enough to be an introduction and to captivate a child’s imagination.
The cook book is published by Solidarity Sports and raises money for their community work in projects that give young people living in disadvantaged communities in London key life skills. It’s a great and positive way to raise funds for this work. The countries where the recipes come from reflect the countries the young people involved in Solidarity Sports come from, and the book encourages curiosity for these countries among the children using the book.
If there’s one thing I don’t like so much it’s the format – A4 is a bit big for my small kitchen, and I generally prefer spiral bound cook books because they just work better in the kitchen. But other than that, it’s a colourful celebration of cultures and food and will encourage healthy and varied eating habits.
Kids Cook the World (£9.99) is just published by New Internationalist and Solidarity Sports. Order online at the New Internationalist shop. You can also buy it through the Amnesty International online shop.
And to celebrate the launch, I have a copy available for one lucky reader! Simply leave a comment to enter and tweet this post for an additional entry (please include @cartside so I can keep track). Good luck! (competition closes on Saturday 15th October ad is open to UK residents only).