Cooking is Cool Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook by Marianne E. Dambra

Cooking is Cool Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook

Written by Marianne E. Dambra
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Cooking is Cool Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook by Marianne E. Dambra

More than 50 heat-free recipes packed with flavour and learning. Cooking can be a delicious learning experience for children. As children read recipes, measure ingredients, and taste each dish, they build math and literacy skills, practice science process skills, and explore different food groups. Cooking Is Cool makes all of this hands-on learning possible without stepping foot in the kitchen. These classroom-friendly recipes are all heat-free, meaning they can be made without an oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate. With your guidance, budding chefs can follow the easy instructions to transform fresh, simple ingredients into tasty snacks, beverages, entrees, and treats. This book includes * More than 50 heat-free recipes that are fun to make and taste great * An explanation of the learning that occurs as children cook * Tips to create your own classroom cooking centre * Nutrition information, extension ideas, and interesting food facts


Cooking is Cool makes preparing and enjoying food with children a breeze! All recipes are heat-free, and having sampled some, I can vouch for the delicious recipes and their artful presentations. Cooking is Cool is perfectly suited to young cooks in classrooms, child care settings, or homes. I like that the food presentations are artfully pleasing to children. I especially like the little Did You Know information boxes, offering such facts like, Did you know humans are the only animals to peel a banana from the stem end? Marianne E. Dambra has perfected heat-free cooking for kids and made the learning experiences as important as the yummy results! I highly recommend Cooking is Cool for kids to enjoy learning through cooking. --MaryAnn F. Kohl, process art author and educational consultant, and author of Great American Artists for Kids and Art with Anything We love the book and have tried all the recipes. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are easy and fun for the kids to make, too! They ask me all the time to make the fairytale punch. --Bianca Affronti, preschool teacher, Pea Pods Child Care Center I can't tell you how excited I am that somebody finally made a cookbook that lets children actually prepare the food themselves instead of just watching. Children love to cook, and I am thrilled to be using Cooking Is Cool at our center! --Julie McCollumn, Owner and Director, Kids Club Child Care Center I find the book very exciting. It has a great variety of cooking activities that engage the children, and it is very simple to plan for each. I love that the photographs provide a glimpse of what the recipes will look like. I would recommend this book to early childhood educators and parents. --Colleen Moynihan, owner, Pea Pods Child Care Center It's not always convenient to use an oven while working in child care, but with this book I can make healthy, fun, and easy snacks all the time. I have tried some of the recipes with my kids, and they loved making them and then eating what they made. This book provides great ways to spend time with kids. --Brooke Nicholson, pre-kindergarten teacher We love this book! I have two daughters, ages 4 and 6, who are always eager to help in the kitchen. We have had so much fun trying several of the recipes and the book suggestions add another element of fun. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants easy recipes to follow that will help introduce cooking to kids! --Megan Vargulick, parent This book is amazingly unique in its incredible ability to create perfect bonding experiences between children and adults. Any parent or educator would be lucky to own this fun and brilliant work! --Ashleigh Voros, parent and education major at SUNY Geneseo

About the Author

Marianne E. Dambra, president of Early Childhood Education Network of Rochester, Inc., has presented on heat-free cooking with children at national and regional conferences since 1994.

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144 pages


Marianne E. Dambra
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Redleaf Press

Publication date

11th June 2013



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