WHEN YOUR LITTLE ONE decides he wants to help you in the kitchen, there’s no need to panic. Corpus Christi—based writer Sandré Moore has put together a cookbook for the whole family. The Fairy Tale Cookbook provides helpful hints along with recipes the kids are sure to love—who could resist The Big Bad Wolf’s Favorite T.V. Snack or Snow White’s Easy Apple Pie?
Moore begins with a word to parents: “The heart of the home is the kitchen. Just as you monitor the amount of bad cholesterol you consume, watch the fat intake in your diet and exercise moderately to keep your heart healthy, try doing some preventive maintenance on your family by seeing to it that your home’s heart is healthy too.” She then moves on to cooking safety. Here’s a few basic kitchen rules: Grown-ups handle sharp tools, handle everything hot with potholders, and do not leave children in the kitchen alone. Then she provides a list of a few items every well-stocked kitchen should have—a good measuring cup and measuring spoons, just to name a few.
One of the most insightful chapters offers tips on shopping for ingredients. Moore states: “Grocery shoppers usually fall into two broad categories: people who like to ‘get it over with’ as quickly as possible because they think of shopping as one more chore on a long list of things to do; people who have learned to ‘stop and smell the cantaloupes’ (because that’s the best test for ripeness) and revel in spending hours cruising through their local supermarkets, mercado or farmer’s market.” Moore suggests ways to shop with the kids around—game trips, crunch shopping, and other variations. One piece of advice to remember is to never go shopping when you are hungry; this applies to children too.
The remainder of The Fairy Tale Cookbook is divided into meals with delightful names for recipes—with descriptions of the characters or plot—that undoubtedly will provide cherished kid time. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:
Paul Bunyan’s Lumberjack Flapjack Stack
Green Eggs—Hold the Ham
Jules Verne’s Solar Dogs and H.G. Wells’s Edible Aliens
Baby Bear’s Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Red Ridinghood’s Basket of Goodies
Bilbo Baggins’s Eleventy-first Birthday Dinner
The Curious George Banana Milkshake
Baby-Sitters Club Portable Energy Munchies
Sleeping Beauty’s 16th Birthday Cake