The Redleaf Press Author Spotlight: Cooking Is Cool

541587What do you get when you mix children and cooking? With Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook, out this month, delicious learning experiences are always served! And, because these recipes are heat-free, everything in the book can be prepared without using an oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate—these recipes can prepared and enjoyed anywhere!

Cooking is filled with hands-on learning opportunities for children, and these recipes were designed with simple, straightforward instructions so that kids can help prepare them. As they read recipes, measure ingredients, and taste each dish, they build math and literacy skills, practice science process skills, and explore different food groups. Children will love looking through the colorful photographs of each recipe in the book, which includes Moon Balls (a no-bake cookie made with raisins, graham crackers, honey, and peanut butter), Ice Cream in a Bag (a DIY that is fun and tastes great!), Monkey Mix (a mix of dried tropical fruits), Butterfly Salad (a healthy snack incorporating veggies, fruit, and cottage cheese), and many more.

Cooking Is Cool includes

  • More than 50 heat-free recipes that are fun to make and taste great
  • An explanation of the learning that occurs as children cook
  • Tips to create your own classroom cooking center
  • Nutrition information, extension ideas, and interesting food facts

We chatted with author Marianne E. Dambra about the cookbook-writing process, and she shared advice for guiding budding chefs as they transform fresh, simple ingredients into tasty snacks, beverages, entrees, and treats. You’ll also get the inside scoop on Marianne’s favorite recipe! Read our full Q&A and learn more about Cooking Is Cool.

Tell us: What is your favorite thing to cook with children? Do you have an amazing heat-free recipe you’d like to share?

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