mess-free cooking - with modern art!

designed by Meagan Bennett, illustrated by Lotta Nieminen – Phaidon Press, 2016
ages 2 to 10 years / imagination

Kids thrive on creating, especially when it comes to cooking (because who doesn’t love eating?!).

At least five times a week, Ivy asks to cook something. And, most of the time, we have great fun together making and baking. But some days I just can’t face the mess - or the argument about not needing yet another cake in the house! This book been a wonderful compromise.

Pancakes! is the first instalment of the COOK IN A BOOK series. It’s a beautifully designed and illustrated recipe book with step by step instructions on how to make pancakes.

The directions are clear and simple enough that a child that can read and follow them, but the real beauty of pancakes! is that it’s also interactive. So younger kids can pick it up any time and, well, cook in the book. With no food required!

Little chefs get to mix the dry ingredients, whisk the wet ingredients, stir, pour and flip the pancakes. All by themselves.

Here's a sample:

Pancakes! Is a wonderful introduction to cooking and can add a whole new dimension to imaginative play – Ivy loves to collect ‘ingredients’ and follow the recipe in her play kitchen. It’s fun, interactive and makes a great gift.

The next COOK IN A BOOK instalment Pizza! Is due mid 2017.

You can buy Pancakes! via these direct links: PhaidonAmazon - Book Depository - Booktopia

P.S. The book works for kids as young as 2 years but it's great right through to pre-teens (I had a 10-year-old use it to make after-school snacks, she loved it!)