One fun way to spend quality time with your toddler is to put on an apron and cook a few meals together. Get out the ingredients, assign a few tasks, and enjoy whipping up some kid-friendly creations.
I have to admit that when I received Annabel Karmel's newest book - The Toddler Cookbook - I was hoping to find some ideas for the younger toddler set (12-24m). The book, though, is geared more to the 2-5-year-old set. The kids in the photos are in this age range and are seen grating cheese, chopping bell peppers, and adding ingredients into a hot skillets (all tasks that my 18-month-old daughter isn't quite ready for).
That said, Annabel Karmel's cookbooks never fail to disappoint me when it comes to the quantity and the quality of the photos - and the "fun factor" of the finished food items. After all, what kid wouldn't want to eat lettuce boats, little pita pizzas with smiling faces, salmon fishcakes (shaped like little fish), and peanut butter bears? So cute!
The author writes to the toddler, which is a bit odd since most toddlers don't read very well (if at all), but it does add to the child-centered "feel" of the book.
Also, the book only features 19 recipes - which is a little skimpy by adult cookbook standards - but perhaps perfect for the toddler. This book stays on my daughter's bookshelf instead of with my cookbook stash. It truly is geared to the child rather than to the parent.
My daughter may be too young to follow the directions in this book right now, but I already love "cooking" her and I bet we'll end up pulling this book out together sometime very soon. :)
WIN IT! One mama will win The Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Karmel. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, Mar. 23, at midnight (don't forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, Mar. 24. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #20 Megan. Congratulations!