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Book Review: Silver Spoon for Children

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A friend told me about a gorgeous, fully-illustrated cookbook for children a year ago and I instantly knew I had to have it

The Silver Spoon for Children takes it’s cue from a culinary classic by the same name. The original Silver Spoon is a 5 pound, sacred tome for those who enjoy Italian Food.

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If you check your mother’s cookbook shelf it’s likely to be standing there in all it’s tomato saucy goodness and glory.

Three years ago the talented artist Harriet Russell took some of the classics and crafted them for a younger generation of chefs.  The step by step instructions with accompanying illustrations are delightful from a pure artistic standpoint.  It’s basically a bonus that you also learn how to cook delicious food from these pages!

This book is not especially easy to find in stores.  I was at the Strand in NYC (1 mile of book shelves being their claim to fame) this spring.  They had sold their last copy just hours before my arrival.

A week later I was at the Brown University Bookstore here in Providence. I decided to ask at the counter if they had a copy, prepared for disappointment. But wouldn’t you know, they had one beautifully red children’s cookbook waiting right there for me! I was delighted and learned my lesson to always, always shop local.

But let’s get back to the food.  It’s amazing.  It’s delicious. 

It’s a little adventurous for some, but I promise you this book will be an inspiration to aspiring chefs of all ages.

While the publisher suggests this for children ages 10 & up, I believe you can include kids at any age in the kitchen.  5 year olds & up will happily take part in some of the mixing, stirring, and even veggie chopping with a cutting board and table knife.

And why not read this to a 3 or 4 year old and use it as a way to talk about food?  Or have them look at this book on the kitchen counter while you’re cooking up one of the recipes?

During a Skill It after-school cooking club, 16 kids in 1st-5th grades made spinach and ricotta ravioli using the basic pasta dough recipe. No need for a pasta machine here, you can do quite well using a simple rolling pin.

Our Skill It chefs filled their ravioli with a teaspoon and cut each cheese-filled pillow with a table knife. With a fork, they gently pressed around the edges to seal it up and give it that very professional, finished look.  Simple, impressive, and delicious.  What more can we really ask for?

If you already know and love this book, leave a note with your favorite recipe in the comments below!

Have another favorite children’s cookbook you want to share with the crowd? Leave that here, too, and perhaps we’ll get to review it another time!

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