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I have had my kids in the kitchen ever since they were little. They enjoyed helping to make meals. They were learning while gaining confidence. It also made it easier for them to try new foods. I am really glad because even though they are older, (23, 19, 17 and 15) they still like to try new things. My daughters love looking up recipes and making different dishes.
I look forward to spending time in the kitchen with Granddaughter, Leilani. She is only 2 but she loves to help. I can’t wait to teach her all sorts of things in the kitchen. I recently had the chance to check out out a great cookbook for kids. It is the first book from Gino Campagna, called Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge.
For more than 15 years, Chef Gino Campagna has made it his personal mission to raise kids’ food IQs and help fight childhood obesity. His philosophy? If kids are involved in their food choices and preparations, they will be more motivated to try new, nutritious foods. In addition to starring in the kids’ cooking shows Kitchen Kids on YouTube and Gino’s Kitchen on the Disney Channel, serving on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution team, and making guest appearances on A&E’s Emmy Award-winning show Born This Way, Chef Gino teaches kids to cook in Los Angeles and Italy. You can visit him online at chefgino.club.
The beginning of the book has Chef Gino’s tips for cooking. Kids can help out in the kitchen at all ages. From mixing and kneading to reading recipes and measuring, it’s easy to get your kids involved. I like that there are pictures of most of the tools you need will need to make the recipes in the cookbook. There are also short descriptions of each tool that can come in pretty handy.
Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge holds over 100 recipes. Some of them have fun names like Alligator Pear Soup (Cold Avocado Soup), Vegetagna (Vegetable Lasagna) and Thumbprints (Gnoccchi). Most of the recipes also include fun facts and cute illustrations. I like that kids can learn a little while exploring different foods.
I was happily surprised at the variety of recipes included. There are recipes for Pie Crust, a basic Tortilla, Olive Pate and homemade Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach. I also found Bell Peppers Stuffed with Couscous ad Focaccia. The recipes include easy to find items and encourage you to try new things. You covered from snacks to desserts and everything in between.
This book is full of recipes and fun facts. I am all about learning while having fun. Every recipe has a picture. Not all cookbooks do this. It makes it much easier to cook if you know what the end result should be. My oldest daughter is 23 and even she likes all the recipes included. She mentioned how it made everything look good to make with easy to follow and simple recipes. This is the the type of cookbook where you would want to try every single recipe.
Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge would be a great addition to the family library. You can use it to bond and cook together as a family.