On my last flight home from L.A. I sat next to the author of a new cookbook for kids called: Handstand Kids: Italian Cookbook, Yvette Garfield. We started talking shop about the book promoting circuit and she let me flip through a copy of hers (which comes packaged in a pizza box and includes a kid-sized chef hat). It’s really cute and includes a diverse cast of cooking characters (different nationalities, eating requirements and physical challenges) , that’d make any kid feel like they belong in life…and in the kitchen. There are also a ton of simple, yummy recipes accompanied by user friendly pictures described in both English and Italian!
Yvette was coming to Austin to teach at the Whole Foods Culinary Center over the weekend. One of her classes was for 5-7 years olds, so my son Tristan and I decided to check it out this morning. It was a really fun experience for him and although he still remains one of the pickiest eaters ever, hopefully learning how to make new foods will eventually broaden his dietary
horizons past waffles, cheese (sharp cheddar, unmelted) and apples.
In the same “small world” category that running into Yarn Harlot at the Atlanta Airport belongs in, Yvette will also be joining forces on a project with the cooking columnist for Kiwi, the same magazine that my Eco-Craft column runs in. Stay tuned for that and my soy candle-making instructions, in the next issue!