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Kids in the Kitchen

December 15, 2008

Guess what’s the next hot activity for kids? Cooking.

Many studies have found that the more kids are involved in meal preparation, the more willing they will be to try new dishes. The marketplace has seen a surge of children’s cookbooks and even video games to accommodate this new trend. These teaching tools go beyond learning how to bake cookies, but offer up recipes for main courses and side dishes, like roast chicken and brisket. They also speak to the family bonding experience of parents cooking with their kids.

The new cookbooks include: “Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook” and “The Second International Cookbook for Kids,” by Matthew Locricchio. Video games from Nintendo include “Personal Trainer: Cooking,” featuring cooking techniques and more than 240 dishes from countries around the world.

With rising rates of obesity and diabetes in children, it’s no surprise that we are seeing a push to get kids active in the kitchen. Cooking is not only fun, but creates healthy habits at an early age.

The next time you’re at the bookstore scan the cookbook section for books with colorful pictures and steps you know your kids can help out with, like washing vegetables or rolling out dough. Happy cooking!