January 8, 2011
Ever since my now almost 5-year-old daughter could talk, she has voiced a desire to help her father in the kitchen. Now, she reads a cookbook at the table during breakfast as frequently as her dad thanks to Dora and Diego Let’s Cook, based on the popular Nickelodeoncartoon characters.
Recipes: The recipes are easy to follow, and highlight steps that kids can safely help with. It was amazing that the finished product always looked like the picture in the cookbook.
Ingredients: The ingredients are whole grain, low-fat, and fresh whenever possible. I was pleasantly surprised at how few processed ingredients were called for in the recipes – too many ‘easy’ or ‘kids’ cookbooks just rely on dumping a can of this into a dry mix of that, which doesn’t end up tasting great or being very good for you.
Book: The artwork covers the pages making them exciting to look at without making it hard to read and understand the recipes. There are fun science facts and Spanish words with every recipe making cooking time – learning time. It’s spiral-bound so it lays flat while cooking, and has shiny pages to have a fighting chance against spills.
Learning: Since both Dora and Diego (and their friends) present wholesome and fun recipes, both boys and girls will enjoy learning cooking skills, following directions, math through measuring, Spanish words, fun facts and more! Plus, it is a good exuse to cook with your kids. They are likely to be excited about eating what they make.
One recipe we have made several times now is the “Jump Across the River Rocks” (pasta and meatballs).
My family and I use this cookbook frequently. Family members liked it so much they got copies as well. With Valentine’s Day coming, this would be a wonderful gift for any child to aid in sharing the love of cooking.
Dora and Diego Let’s Cook, is available on Amazon for $11.53.
**I received this book for free for review purposes**