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You know, I get a lot of cookbooks in the mail from book publishers. And frankly, many of them are pretty much all the same and not a lot to get excited about. But recently a really unique cookbook came across my desk: one aimed at teenagers. It’s called Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat. And it’s actually written by two teenage girls from Phoenix.
This is the first how-to cookbook I’ve ever seen written by teens, for teens. And it’s perfect for teens tired of eating what their parents fix (“oh gross, do I have to eat that?) as well as for parents fearful of kids’ solo eating habits (oh no, not chips and soda again tonight!).
In the book Teens Cook young authors Jill and Megan Carle – two teenage sisters – teach other kids how to cook for themselves, and I’m not talking about frozen pizza. Teens Cook is full of recipes and techniques for making stuff that kids – especially teenagers – love to eat. It’s loaded with 75 recipes that run the gamut from pot stickers, breakfast burritos, and French toast, to steak fajitas, macaroni and cheese, and even vegetarian sushi.
With the prevalence of junk food in our culture along with a rise in obesity, it’s more important than ever that kids learn to cook for themselves. Plus, having kids in the kitchen inspires their confidence and self-esteem – not to mention that it might help them appreciate what the family chef, usually mom, has to go through to prepare each meal.
So I suggest picking up a copy of Teens Cook by Megan and Jill Carle and setting aside one dinner or breakfast per week for the kids to cook for you.