Friday, February 26, 2010
The Silver Spoon for Children
Parker and I love to cook. Parker especially. She thinks about food all the time. At breakfast she asks what we will be having for dinner. She plans our Friday night meal before the previous Friday night's meal is over. She's very gourmet, too. She's not planning to have chicken fingers and french fries (though she enjoys that diet), she plans much more interesting meals: cuban chorizo with black beans, baby peppers, tomatillo's, quinoa and warm corn tortillas (delicious, by the way)
Her constant and ongoing conversation about food can sometimes be exhausting…especially when you're completely wiped out and you really want to just throw some tater tots in the oven and dinner be done. Our home in Massachusetts was comfortable, not under construction and Parker had become pretty self sufficient in the kitchen. She would prepare a meal on her own one night a week and it was easy to let her do so. Our house now (which is not a home yet) looks like this. It is not easy to cook in. Construction aside, the kitchen layout is disjointed and does not have a good flow to it. The stove is out in the open while the sink, drawers and counters are tucked away in a tiny nook. A small kitchen is fine by me, but a disjointed mess does not make me want to cook. period. But, Parker still wants us to eat with style... so we cook. She spends a lot of time on epicurious.com and enjoys reading cookbooks. Our most recent addition to our cookbook collection is, The Silver Spoon for Children, published by Phaidon. We tend to avoid many of the cookbooks for kids because the recipes are often bland or too toddler-esque. But this book clearly understands the blossoming chef - kids don't need boring recipes, they need simple, easy to follow instructions with recipes that are not crammed onto the pages and filled up with screaming bad graphics making it impossible to sort through the extra blurgh some editor threw onto the page because they thought that's what kids would like to see. Instead, each recipe has two pages to itself with charming illustrations detailing every step and a photo of each finished product. The recipes are full of flavor without too many ingredients. I'm super impressed with how well Phaidon adapted the original Silver Spoon. We bought it from Amazon, but you might find it at your local bookstore, too.