Cool Cookbooks for Kids
The Book Shelf
By Angela Moore
Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child’s Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes, by Alice L. Waters, Patricia Curtan, Bob Carrau and illustrated by Ann Arnold.
Restaurateur and successful adult cookbook writer, Chef Alice Waters created Fanny at Chez Panisse to encourage children to participate in their own meal preparation. Waters opened the well-known Chez Panisse in 1971, which was an instant hit in the town of Berkley, California. Through her book, Waters saw a chance to honor her daughter’s love for cooking while opening up this magical world to other children as well. The book is based on Fanny’s love of exploring Chez Panisse and tasting all they had to offer throughout her childhood. Though the book is for children, there are many delicious and classic concoctions for the whole family to enjoy: spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, cherry tomato pasta, and a couple of wonderful tasty desserts. The artwork is simple and cheerful, adding to the charm.
Italian Recipes, written by the editors of Phaidon Press and Illustrated by Harriet Russell
The Silver Spoon for Children is a new version of a famous adult cookbook. The original, The Silver Spoon, has been hailed for more than 50 years for its popularity within the culinary community, so much so that a launch of a children’s edition seemed like the appropriate next step. There are more than 40 favorite Italian recipes to please the palates of children. With simple steps to preparing fine cuisine with healthy ingredients, it inspires many young chefs to get busy in the kitchen. Some of the recipes include: pizza margherita, chicken stuffed with mascarpone, classic Italian soups and even a few fruit-centered desserts. There are enough drawings and colorful photographs in the book to hold attention, but the cooking remains the focus, with helpful drawings added to aid in the production of the meals.