It’s The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook! Bear lovers everywhere are sure to find favorite recipes for fun food in this new kid-friendly, cookbook–ranging from Bear favorites that use honey and berries to pie, a delicious stew, and even some Berenstain favorites like Jan Berenstain’s famous green lasagna. Featuring breakfast, lunch, main meal, and dessert recipes as well as kid-friendly cooking tips such as food and measurement conversions, this is sure to become a go-to cookbook for delicious and fun recipes kids can cook with an adult.
We live in a fast-pace, fast-food culture where cooking, an important life skill, is not being passed down to the next generation. I think this is a shame because so many lessons can be taught in the kitchen such as meal planning, nutrition, mathematic conversions, safe food handling, and the importance of following directions. Also, time in the kitchen provides and excellent opportunity for us to have meaningful conversations with our kids, to build their self-confidence, and make memories that last a lifetime.
Over the past few weeks it has been a fun challenge for our children to create meals using The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook. As soon as the book arrived it was met with great excitement! Our kids selected recipes that they wanted to try based on the full-page photographs. Once they had chosen their favorites, we had them take inventory of the staples that we had on hand and decide which items we would need to purchase from the grocery store. This process provided an opportunity to discuss nutritional merits of each recipe and personal taste preferences.
The ingredient lists and the steps to accomplish each dish are clearly stated and easy to follow. Some recipes have as few as 2 steps while one has 14 — allowing children to start slow and work up to more difficult recipes. With adult supervision, most of the preparation can be done by little cubs. A few recipes use prepared foods like refrigerated biscuits or canned soups (probably to minimize the ingredients and steps needed to prepare the dishes), but I would say a large majority use fresh ingredients.
The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook is well suited for our elementary aged children (6 & 9 years old). Published with children ages 4-8 in mind, I’m convinced bear lovers and aspiring chefs up into their tweens would enjoy preparing these dishes. The fact that the cookbook is full-color, delightful illustrated, and reasonably prices makes it a great gift option for children’s birthday parties. Depending on your budget, it could be given alone or as part of a kitchen themed gift set. Given all of it’s attributes I award The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook 5/5 stars.
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