Review of The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook
Children are constantly being exposed to unhealthy food choices.
Cooking is a fantastic way to encourage your children to take more interest in food and to discourage fussy eating. It can also encourage healthy eating. Having a cookbook with child friendly recipes and helpful advice for parents is a great way of getting started!
The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook encourages children to put on their aprons and get busy in the kitchen. It is the perfect starter cookbook for any young chef. It is a very well laid out and colourful book.
- it is specially written for children aged 1 to 4
- there is a focus on fun and hands – on cooking
- there is helpful advice throughout the book
- the recipes are simple, clear and easy to follow
- there are ideas for using up your leftovers!
- there is an allergy chart for quick and easy reference
There are really 2 parts to the book. There is a detailed introduction which gives parents useful advice about cooking with children. This is followed by the recipes.
Introduction – All you need to know
Tips on making cooking with your young child a success and fun.
General cooking tips.
The benefits of cooking with young children.
The recipes cover breakfast, snacks, lunch and supper.
There are both savoury and sweet recipes.
They are laid out in 3 age sections – easy peasy, budding cook, confident chef.
The steps are suitable for toddlers – step by step, easy to follow instructions.
There is also a useful “parent prep” section and helpful tips.
There is minimal need for adult intervention.
Making Banana & Peanut Butter Cakes
We found this recipe in the Snack time/sweet section. A is 2 and a half years old and has experience of cooking, so choosing a recipe from the Budding Cook section was not a problem. As I followed the ‘parent prep’ and the recipe is so straight forward, A managed to successfully make the cakes with only a little help from me. (Putting them in and taking them out of the oven!)
She loved counting out the cupcake cases, mashing together the peanut butter and banana with a fork, adding the egg and milk and whisking it together. After adding the flour and stirring it in, I was surprised how A was pretty much capable of spooning the mixture into the cases. It was quite tricky as the mixture stuck to the spoon. I chose not to add the sugar, which is listed as optional.
The job of baking completed the hardest part was waiting the 15 mins for them to cook! A loved the cakes and proudly handed them round.
This toddler cookbook is not just a recipe book but a book with helpful advice to parents that will inspire and encourage success.
I know we will enjoy making many more recipes. I would definitely recommend The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook to parents with young children to get them involved in the kitchen and enjoy the food they make.