The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids
Essential skills and recipes for every young chef
Article by Linda Kissam
Recipe Included: Browneapolitan: A Neapolitan inspired brownie dessert with strawberries and whipped cream.
Photos courtesy of Familius LLC
Raising children is like conquering a challenging puzzle. Part stimulating, part perplexing. The driving force is to get to the goal line with a healthy balanced child who is leading the way to their own magnificent future.
There are a bazillion unique ways of raising children. You may be the parent, advocate or grandparent tasked with entertaining, training and providing life skills for your child. One of the key ways that seems to work best is involvement. Involving children in daily tasks by letting them “do” is a super- effectual way that instills many qualities in them. Let’s take cooking.
Guided activities in the kitchen develop many sides of a child’s personality like observation, teamwork, fine motor skills, ownership and time management. Working together in the kitchen can develop lifelong bonds and memories.
I was able to join Chef Pierre Lamielle on a kitchen adventure webinar as he introduced press members to his new Munchy Munchy Cookbook. It’s a kid friend cookbook that engrosses and delights. Munchy Munchy features a gang of characters educating kids on the art of cooking, safety tips and the range of flavors they’ll encounter.
Featuring 28 kid-friendly recipes, including ketchup, pancakes, and other favorites, this book contains simple instructions and illustrations for every step and prep. Pierre’s characters make complex cooking theories, like balancing the five tastes, accessible to kids of all ages. It is the perfect manual for any young person and the adults guiding them to their inner chef.
Chef Pierre Lamielle is a down to earth character himself. Relaxed and sincere, he is a pleasure to watch. By background, he has competed on Top Chef Canada and won Chopped Canada. He loves working with kids over adults sighting children’s natural curiosity and openness.
Chef Pierre’s Munchy Munchy Cookbook is a vibrant creation with loads of images in a lay-flat format. The lay-flat format makes it easy for young chefs to learn new skills, without having to fight with pages. Organized instructions with the path to success clearly laid out, may be one of the best features of this book. Having the ingredients listed separately from the directions gets the author the Smart-Cookie Award.
While many recipes caught my eye, these seem special.
Simple Mini Cornbread Muffins, p. 139
Breakfast Nachos, p.59 (w/ Bananamole, p. 58)
Salsa di Frutas, p. 57
Take this creative cookbook for a spin with this Neapolitan inspired brownie dessert with strawberries and whipped cream.
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The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids: essential skills and recipes for every young chef.
Pierre A. Lamielle.
Todd Patterson (photographer)
170 pages, 8-13 years
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Note from the author: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided a free copy to me to perform a professional review. No fee was paid by the author for this review. I only recommend books that I find to have value for my readers. Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.