It seems being a foodie has gone mainstream. With the increase of celebrity chefs and reality TV cooking shows, farmers markets and organics, food websites and blogs, (what’s the deal with taking pictures of your food?) it is hard not to notice. But if all this raises our collective consciousness for better health and nutrition, it is a good thing. In fact I recently read research indicating a drop in childhood obesity for the first time in decades. This is a bandwagon I don’t mind jumping on – here are 3 titles for young foodies.
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Super Supper Throwdown
9780763668839. 2014. gr 1 – 4.
Professor Fizzy takes on Fast Food Freddy from Greasy World in a cooking challenge where kids get to decide which one makes the Super Supper. In the process Fizzy educates his friends on the ingredients of a balance meal, shopping tips, kitchen safety, as well as good table manners. In addition to covering each of the food groups and differentiating between good and bad fats, simple and complex carbs, the book includes several healthy snack recipes.
Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit by Dianne De Las Casas
9780763668839. 2014. gr 4 – 6.
When it comes to celebrity chefs, Kid Chef Eliana has to be one of the youngest. Her website says she’s an author, radio show host, and personality. Despite all that, I do like this cookbook. It is beautifully produced. An appetizing photo accompanies each recipe, which is an absolute must for me. I need to see what the end result is to know if I’m getting close. The recipes are a little bit exotic – Japanese, Indonesian, Greek, Italian, without being complicated. This would be a good addition for a student looking to expand beyond the basics. Emphasis is on healthy foods and each recipe includes a fitness tip as well.
The Smart Girls’ Guide to Going Vegetarian: How to Look Great, Feel Fabulous, and Be a Better You by Rachel Meltzer Warren
9781402284915. 2014. gr 6 – 12.
For someone who is thinking about becoming a vegetarian, this is a nice introduction to the various paths you can take. It’s not too preachy. There’s no correct way to do this and emphasis is on finding the right fit for you. I’m not sure why it has to be a “girl’s” thing, but the author does draw on her experience of becoming a vegetarian as a young teen and hopes readers will learn from her rather than make the same poor choices she made. She has suggestions for everything from dealing with the adults in your life that may not be onboard with this to finding things to eat in non-vegetarian restaurants. Included is a chapter full of recipes as well as a chapter with several resources of websites and books to go to for additional information.