Kids books

Let’s Read….about Food and Cooking!

After every great meal, it is nice to relax for a while, grab a good book, read and learn something new and interesting.
My favorite books to read are cookbooks or books related to food, preparing food, ingredients, nutrition….
Even my kids started to pick books from library which have a content related to food and cooking….how suprising is that?
Well why not, there is a lot of educational material envolved, great graphics and even better stories.
Currently I am glued to The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman.

This book is a great tool. There is a lot of information that I am familiar with but still a lot of interesting stuff which are brilliant to know if you are serious about cooking.
Anthony Bourdain wrote the introduction, as always very nicely.
There are several elements:

Stock: Ruhlman gets pretty serious about stocks, how to make them, how to ruin them, and while you don’t really need to make your own, it’s still a good idea to try.

Sauce: Yes, we can make them too. This is where stocks come in very handy, and how to get the most out of the techniques.

Salt: Why it’s important, and despite the constant railings of those who wish to ban it (along with that other necessity in the kitchen, fat), how to learn how to use it.

The Egg: I love eggs, both as ingredient and tool. Ruhlman shows here how the egg can leaven food and make it rise, bind things together, and work wonders. He also includes a nifty little set of instructions on how to prepare eggs in the most basic ways, from boiling to poaching to scrambling.

Heat: Dry heat, moist heat, and poaching, along with a few other refinements. Once you start learning how to manipulate heat, and learn how to do it, you can pretty much learn to cook anything.

Tools: Ruhlman maintains that you really only need five tools — a chef’s knife, a large cutting board, a large sauté pan, a wooden spoon, and a large nonreactive bowl. Well I have to add few more, I appreciate kitchen tools:)

I love story time with my kids. It doesn’t have to be before bed time, it is important to read and whatever time of the day we pick, it’s a perfect time for interesting books and stories.

Alvie Eats Soup by Ross Collins is the book which catch my eye. It is educational but still very funny and interesting.

Drawings are great and the whole idea for the cover is super cute. It is about picky eaters…I don’t really want to write about what’s inside the book….when you visit your local library try to find it, you will like it:)


Kids and Nutrition – Book about Salad

Salad on Your Plate is a good resource book for kids who would love to learn more about new or different produce and salad.
How to make salad and what are the right ingredients to put in the salad.
Why is salad good for you?
What are the best ingredients?
Learn more about: lettuce and different kinds(romaine, aragula, spinach, radicchio, baby lettuce), cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, soy beans, beets, carrots, mushrooms and so much more.
Get to know your lettuce and celery with this bright and lively look at the salad.
Teach your kids about salad and healthy eating!

The Tickle Monster Is Coming!

The Tickle Monster Is Coming!
by James Otis Thach, Illustrated by David Barneda

Beware the frightful tickle monster! This silly, atmospheric bedtime story is one part wriggly anticipation, two parts fun as a little monster gets ready for bed—all the while dreading the arrival of the infamous Tickle Monster, who’s known for his relentless attack on toes, bellies, and every other ticklish place a young child—oops—a monster might have. Just right for bedtime giggles, this is a tuck-me-in story with a delightful twist.
The Tickle Monster is fun and perfect story for the night time, when kids are wondering are there any monsters around….
Age Range: 3 to 6

If This Tree Could Only Talk!

Few days ago walking through the park my kids and I spotted a really big tree.The Crown of this beautiful tree will definitely catch attention of many people walking by.It is amazing felling standing under the huge tree because you can feel the energy.I don’t know is that because of the size,time the tree grows there or just the sound of leaves and birds who are always nesting in this tree.When you look on the ground and see the woody roots,wow it is absolutely amazing,their size,strenght,power and all those years.Very interesting isn’t it?

Telling you our story I would love to recommend anybody interested in trees-
The Book” Tell Me,Tree”(All about Trees for Kids) by Gail Gibbons
A wonderful Children’s book about trees and nature.
Beautiful large watercolors pictures are very neat and explanation facts about parts of the trees,different kinds and much more.If you and your kids love to explore nature and trees then this book is just perfect addition to your knowledge about trees.

Wonderful Christmas story!

Merlose and Croc A Christmas to Remember
by Emma Chichester Clark

Wonderful Christmas story about friendship and a wishing star.
“It’s a Christmas Eve and both Merlose and Croc are all alone in the city.They dream of the wonderful Christmas but feel sad when there is no one to share with.”Soon enough this will be beginning of the magical Christmas and the start of the cherished friendship.Have a Merry Christmas.