Story by Yvette Garfield
Yvette Garfield’s Italian cookbook for kids is a wonderful educational tool for children to learn how to cook traditional Italian cuisine. Each recipe has a catchy title to bring the dish to life, such as “Mamma Mia Minestrone” or “The Leaning Tower of Eggplant.” She even takes a traditional kid favorite (Mac and Cheese) and twists it into a yummy Italian meal with her “Maccheroni e Formaggio.”
The recipes utilize 1-4 garlic cloves to designate the level of difficulty and need for adult supervision. She cultivates children’s healthy eating habits by suggesting healthier modifications for each dish. Some examples include switching out ground beef for ground turkey to reduce saturated fat and using salad as a pizza topping to sneak in extra greens. Each main dish is packed with vegetables to encourage healthy eating.
This creative cookbook provides children both cultural and culinary education. As the children prepare each culturally delicious meal, the reader can follow the recipes, learn about the culture and cook along with them. The book even comes with its own apron to get kids excited about cooking.
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Teacher’s Tip: Incorporate this book into a 4-6th grade lesson plan