Cooking With Children

Substitute teacher uses grant to teach children healthy cooking habits

By Charity Brown

The Washington Post 2010-01-26

Moving away from the vegetable-free 'kids' meal' model

Children's tastes have become more sophisticated, yet at most restaurants, kids' menus are the same, plus they're often high in fat, sodium, and sugar - with no vegetable. Then there's lack of shared experience, what eating is all about. Two most important predictors after innate sweets preference are exposure and role modeling, says expert. Then there's reinforcement of giving children the same menu items over and over, with toys, crayons, games, which forms foundation of what they come to expect when going out for meals.

By Devra First

The Boston Globe 2009-11-04

Japanese comics cook - and bake

Japanese comics cook - and bake


Oishinbo Vol. 102

Sub-genre of Japanese comics, or manga, revolve around cooking, culture. Among offerings in English: 'Best of' long-running series called Oishinbo (or, loosely, 'the gourmet') about adventures of food expert and journalist; manga featuring a teen with superhuman baking abilities; cookbooks written in graphic novel format.

By Lynne Char Bennett

The San Francisco Chronicle 2009-03-22

Girls are better tasters than boys, study shows

Girls are better tasters than boys, study shows

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Girls have better sense of taste than boys, but boys are saddled with sweeter tooth, Danish study of 8,900 primary, secondary students polled in science classes shows. Taste recognition increases gradually with age; greatest shift is at 13-14 years when children become markedly more sensitive to sour, less interested in sweet, researchers said.

By Stephen Daniells 2008-12-17

Tempting children with lunch box treats

To pack a power lunch for kids, start with real ingredients and whole grains, and don't skimp on presentation, says Chicago chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. She sends her son the makings of pizza (he has use of a microwave at school), adds wheat berries to any salad, and turns a sandwich into a kebab on toothpicks.

By Bonnie S. Benwick

The Washington Post 2008-05-21

Smoothie moves

Smoothie moves

Strawberries and raspberries add depth to the Hannah Banana Smoothie.

Kids discover cooking can be fun and moms discover kids who cook are also interested in healthy eating. That edible creativity grows into prize-winning recipes. Other benefits: music, good talks and laughing. One child, an avid athlete, links good food he cooks and eats to his performance at game time. Another takes smoothies to a new level. For recipes, click 'See also.'

By Nancy Churnin

The Dallas Morning News 2008-04-22

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Slow (French) food

Horrified at his children's passion for pizza and hamburgers, French chef conducts monthly cooking classes, teaching students ages 5-13 the finer points (and palate) of boudin blanc, multi-layer banana chocolate pastry - and they lap it up.

By Jenny Barchfield

The Associated Press; Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2007-12-18

Lunchbox world:

Trash the idea of generating so much waste when packing and sending lunches with your little students; here's a collection of lunchboxes that keep cold things cold, hot things hot, and kids cool.

By Lisa Davis

Star-Telegram (TX) 2007-08-20

Growing lessons:

Vermont school, working with local farmers and agricultural experts, plants garden designed to feed its 200 students homegrown vegetables at lunchtime, teaching a way of life, not only nutrition or fitness.

By Nicole Orne

Brattleboro Reformer (VT)

Rookie cooks:

With school district's blessing and high school's kitchens, Illinois county extension office teaches children, 9-12, basics of cooking, components of healthful meals, table-setting skills, safety and cleaning up.

Olney Daily Mail (IL) 2007-08-02

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"Ratatouille," with its ambitious little rat chef, the terminally disappointed food critic, Anton Ego (Peter O'Toole), who is rail-thin because he doesn't swallow bad food, and cartoon food that looks good enough to eat, is a dish of a movie fit for a king.

By Peter Travers

Rolling Stone 0000-00-00

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