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Growing Up Texas: 'Kids in the Kitchen'
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Picky eaters and curious kids are two problems that can lead to frustrations for parents in the kitchen, but channeling a child's curiosity can actually help both situations.
Sara Cotner and a friend collaborated on a cookbook called Kids in the Kitchen, aimed to help parents learn the basics of involving their children in the cooking process.
“Kids already want to be in the kitchen with us, they're pulling on our coat tails, and trying to get involved,” Cotner said. “It also helps with fine motor skills. It helps their critical thinking and problem solving."
When it comes to picky eaters, it can help to work with the child to help make new foods. Before you know it, a new dish could become a favorite.
The book outlines step-by-step instructions for healthy recipes children can do with little to no help, starting as early as 18 months old. It's a Montessori philosophy made for everyone.
"This is a cook book for anyone who has young children who are interested or eager to cook in the kitchen and want advice," Cotner said.
Kids in the Kitchen was created as a volunteer effort. Proceeds from the book all go to starting Montessori For All, the first tuition-free public Montessori school in Austin, opening fall 2014.
Click here to purchase the cookbook.