Cooks & Books

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Older kids and teens often enjoy Cupcake Wars, Meatball Wars, making Pasta, etc. 

There are many books in local Town Libraries that reference food or have a food in the title, so the sky is the limit. If the Library Activities Director has a particular book or theme they would like to follow, I can come up with a recipe to go with it.

Who is it for?
Classes have been developed for kids ages 3 to 18 and work best when Classes do not exceed 20 participants.I also teach Parent/Child and Special Needs Classes so whomever your target audience is, I have or can make a customized plan.  

What is the cost?
$300 for a 1 to 1.5 hour class for up to 20 kids.  

Rather than charging traveling costs I would rather work with you to contact another local Library and book another class the same day in your area (within 15 miles). This helps you keep the cost down and helps me work with more Libraries. Even with the best of efforts this is not always possible, so we can discuss each individual situation.

What I need:
  • Ideally, 4 tables set up in a square with a 5th table in the middle for ingredients works best, but other configurations can be successful as well
  • Access to electricity (I provide an extension cord)
  • Access to a sink (does not have to be in same room)
  • If the class is for kids younger than 10 years old, I often request 3 to 4 teen or adult helpers to work with each Team
  • Pre class knowledge of any food allergies. (I can work with most food allergies but just need a heads up before the class.)

Extras
  • I Recycle and Reuse most of my supplies and create very little waste  
  • Teams utilize their math skills to divide the ingredients in the recipes and everyone gets a turn measuring
  • I hold competitions between Teams to see which Team can keep their work area the cleanest
  • Since the Teams share ingredients, I teach the participants to be respectful and return the ingredients to the Ingredient Table when they are finished

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This Program is a cooperative effort between Kidz Cooking 
and greater Boston area Libraries intended to spread the 
importance of Reading, Healthy Eating, Eating Locally Grown 
Foods, and Cooking From Scratch.  

In an hour or an hour and a half class, I will read the kids a book and work with them to follow a recipe that can be associated with the book. Participants are divided into 2 to 4 Teams and each Team receives a recipe. The children do all the work! Depending on the recipe, I will either read the book in the beginning of the Class or read the book while the food is baking, cooking, etc. I provide all ingredients and equipment (portable convection ovens, burners, mixers, griddles, etc.) and I do the clean-up at the end. Cooks & Books can be customized to fit your needs and space.

For older kids and teens I often read excerpts from books on their level, have them read the cookbooks themselves and challenge them to find the answers to their or my own cooking questions in the cookbook itself.

What Will the Kidz be Cooking?
I work with Librarians to pick a theme around holidays, seasons, town events, and/or fruits & veggies that are locally available.  Then I find books that correspond with these themes, such as:
  • Valentines Day - red velvet cakes, heart hamburgers, cookies or cupcakes
  • Presidents Day – hoe cakes
  • MLK Day – sweet potato pie, grits
  • Earth Day – granola, zucchini brownies, earth cookies, earth eggs
  • Halloween & Thanksgiving – pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
  • St Patrick’s Day – Irish soda bread
  • Election Day – election day cake
  • April Fools Day – fake cake, dirt cake
  • Patriots Day – Johnny cakes
  • Cinqo De Mayo – churros

Some past themes:
  • Healthy Lunches
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Maple Syrup Season
  • Colonial Recipes

Some of the Books I have read and themed Programs around include:
  • Give a Mouse a Pancake and The Runaway Pancake - pancakes
  • Strawberry Shortcake books - strawberry shortcake
  • The Lorax – carrot muffins
  • Mr. Mudge Makes Fudge – fudge
  • Chicken Soup with Rice – chicken soup with rice
  • The Tree That Would Not Die – zucchini brownies 
  • American Girl books – waffles & strawberries

Some of the Foods we have made include:
  • Apple Crisp
  • Apple Fritters
  • Apple Sauce
  • Fruit Kabobs
  • Gingerbread
  • Meatballs
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
  • Tortillas 
  • Vegetable Soup
Welcome to Kidz Cooking with Miss Debbie!