Green Kids Cook -- Kids' Cookbook Review in honor of National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Happy National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day! Do you let your kids take over your kitchen or do you have them cook beside you? Hazel takes over the kitchen when baking but when cooking she usually still needs my help. Since it is a national holiday it seems the perfect time to share with you a new children's cookbook! The book is Green Kids Cook:Simple Delicious Recipes & Top Tips by Jenny Chandler. It is recommended for ages 7 to 14 or with adult supervision for younger kid. This book provides healthy recipes, promotes eating more vegetables and also has information about being green as well as some green craft projects.

From the Publisher:

There is no better trick to get children eating more healthily than letting them take the reins in the kitchen. Teach young people to engage with healthy food and sustainability with this fun cookbook.

This sequel to Cool Kids Cook emphasizes how to teach children to cook in the most environmentally sound and sustainable way. With over 50 easy and adaptable recipes and special feature spreads on the environment, simple ways to be more eco-friendly, and a few fun crafting projects, this will be a book to really engage the next generation of foodies in a positive way. Including recipes for Breakfasts, Snacks, Soups & Salads, Mains and Sweets, this is an inspirational and empowering cookbook for kids.

From Me:

Let's face it cooking is a skill each and every adult should have. Eating is a necessity of life and healthy eating requires some cooking at home and not always eating out or take-out. It is important to teach our kids to cook and to be comfortable in the kitchen. This book begins with the introduction for kids (see above) as well as an introduction for adults. Then there are pages on kitchen safety from using the stove to how to cut, chop, etc. After all the safety and how-to parts there are recipes. The recipes provide a short introduction about the food, the necessary ingredients, the steps as well as photos to illustrate some of the steps. The recipes are easy to follow and will work for kids. However the author is from the United Kingdom and this may cause a little confusion due to ingredients like sultanas. In the United States sultanas are golden raisins. You can read more about them and the difference to raisins here. The measurements are given in metric and then imperial. This may confuse the younger of the American kids but could also be turned into a math lesson!

Besides healthy recipes the book offers information about helping the planet. It includes things from food waste to using less plastic. There are also several projects throughout the book to help the kids go green. There is one for making an apron using a tea towel and ribbon as well as this one to make beeswax wraps.

The book is full of fun recipes, crafts and information. It is definitely more than just a cookbook for kids. It teaches them about eating healthy and living healthy as well as respecting the planet. I love that the recipes are different than most that you see in children's cookbooks. It does have some classics like pesto and popcorn but it puts its own twists on the recipes and encourages the young chefs to experiment and try new things! I hope you will check it out!

Be sure to check out our reviews of other cookbooks including ones for kids like Cooking Class and Fun with Asian Food. Then let the kids take over the kitchen today!