Kosher By Design: Kids in the Kitchen

Susie Fish­bein
  • Review
By – July 9, 2012

This is a won­der­ful new cook­book for kids. The good peo­ple at Meso­rah Pub­li­ca­tions have spared no expense cre­at­ing an acces­si­ble and appeal­ing cook­book that is full of fun for both chil­dren and adults. The bright­ly col­ored design sense and jump-off-the-page graph­ics will sure­ly grab any read­er. Here’s an exam­ple of instruc­tions from page 9 (col­ored green and pink) on how to keep your kitchen kosher: Be a Kosher label detective…Meat and dairy nev­er mix…Yuk! Creepy crawly things don’t belong in kosher food!” 

A full-page, irre­sistible col­or pho­to accom­pa­nies each mouth-water­ing recipe. The author’s intro­duc­tion states that all the recipes in the book are for real food— noth­ing sil­ly like gum­my worms crawl­ing out of cook­ie crumbs. The con­cept is to chal­lenge kids and to inspire them to want to cook more.” It is reas­sur­ing to note that real, live kids test­ed all recipes. This would make a won­der­ful gift book for any bud­ding cook, adults and col­lege stu­dents includ­ed. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 9 and up.

Lisa Sil­ver­man is direc­tor of Sinai Tem­ple’s Blu­men­thal Library in Los Ange­les and a for­mer day school librar­i­an. She is the for­mer chil­dren’s book review edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World.

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