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Cooking time is family time : cooking together, eating together, and spending time together
Fredericks, Lynn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, 1999.
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xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX651 .F65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This amazing cookbook shows parents how to spend more time with their kids by cooking together. Includes 125 recipes in a step-by-step format. Photos. 2-color text.

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Booklist Review

Getting children constructively involved in cooking challenges many parents. Fredericks contends that cooking with children not only teaches them about the food itself but also helps them develop a sense of responsibility. Cooking also helps introduce them to the wider world through the introduction of new and uncommon items to the family's dietary regimen. Fredericks has also observed that children involved in cooking learn patience and become less anxious about mealtime. The author lays out a schedule for introducing children gradually to cooking so that they learn safely, avoiding cuts and burns, those ever present kitchen hazards. Fredericks' mature approach lets kids see how wine is used in cooking, and she selects recipes from a wide range of ethnic sources so that children learn positively about other folk's food. Of course, the most significant benefit of family cooking is the time parents and children spend together, working cooperatively to get a meal on the table. Highly recommended. --Mark Knoblauch

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fredericks's considerable experience as a food publicist, mother and educator (she helped develop a food-based curriculum for grades K-3) informs every page of this practical yet heartfelt guide. Parents might panic at the mere thought of having children in the kitchen, but Fredericks demonstrates how even toddlers can help with mealtime preparation. What's important, she stresses, is the process, not the resultsÄthough following her advice will eventually lead to interesting and nutritious meals, less-picky eaters and a more cohesive family. The first four chapters lay out the basics, from lists of inexpensive kitchen utensils (one set per child) and equipment, to illustrated step-by-step instructions on knife handling. The next six, organized by food group, include recipes for such adventuresome fare as Egyptian Stuffed Vegetables, Miso Soup with Shrimp and Yogurt-Pomegranate Parfaits. Fredericks includes a chapter on how to resolve conflicts in the kitchen and another that suggests holiday recipes and menus; an appendix gives information on nutrition. A real trailblazer, this is as informative a parenting guide as it is a cookbook. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fredericks, a single mother of two sons, helped develop a "food-based curriculum" for kindergarten through third grade that she teaches in New York City schools and is used in other schools throughout the country. Here, she tells how, after her divorce, she was able to develop her children's interest in food and cooking so that dinnertimeÄboth preparation and eatingÄbecame one of their favorite parts of the day and more or less restored their family life. She offers guidelines for other parents, along with 125 recipes set up for participatory family cooking ("let small children peel the onion," etc.). Some parents will laugh at the idea of their children eating Coriander-Scented Crab Ravioli and will find Fredericks overly idealistic. However, it worked for her, and other parents will be interested in her approach. For larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.