Kid Cooking from around the (Small) World

December 4, 2011

Over the years Disney has published many cookbooks aimed at their younger fans – and most have followed the logical pattern of simple techniques, mild (read bland) seasonings, and less than adventurous recipes… however this year Disney Press came out with an interesting option to the typical cookbook for the younger set: Feed Our Small World, A Cookbook for Kids.

Broken down into the typical Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert sections, this book contains a few traditional kid-favorites like Spaghetti and Meatballs, but the majority of recipes are for some more adventurous International fare (like Chinese Noodles, Senegalese Peanut Soup, Indonesian Beef Satay, Spanish Paella) than is usually expected on the plates of most of the “I’ll-only-eat-chicken-nuggets-or-die” youth. Some take a familiar style of food and add a different flair (Waffles with a ginger spicing, a Wrap with Greek flavoring, and Chocolate Chip Cookies turned into a pie).

Each recipe features the ingredients and directions on one page…

and on the facing page a big picture of the completed dish, along with a Fun Fact about some food item from the featured country.

For a slim volume, the variety of dishes is great, and every adult I’ve shown the book to has been quite taken with it and wanted to try at least one of the recipes contained therein – several of the recipes have already been tested in the Eating (and Drinking) Around the World Kitchens, and all have been met with positive results (and yes, we will try and share them with you sooner rather than later…). The seasonings are a bit muted for my personal tastes, but seem to be a bit more generously spiced than most other “for kids” cookbooks (of course you can “kick it up” to whatever notch you prefer).

The instructions often note to “ask an adult to help” at many points, but there are some steps in the book that most definitively would require an adults hand, but that caveat is missing there – a small quibble assuming that the idea of the book is that the kids and adults would be cooking together anyway. Another note is that there is a big typo in the ingredient list of the “Chicken, Pineapple, and Mango Tango” recipe (one column of the items are repeated from another recipe). Hopefully there will be future printings that will correct this.

The design and graphics of the book are very Small World/Mary Blair inspired, and portions of the sales go to provide vitamin supplements to children around the world that are in need of them. Other items, such as shirts and bags, also go to support the FEED project (take a look at the post over at the Disney Food Blog for some more info).

Get your little ones involved in the kitchen – with this book you can also introduce them to some different flavors from around the world (maybe they’ll be more likely to try them if they help to make them?), and you both may learn a bit about the other peoples of the world at the same time..

Available in the parks and online from Amazon, this inexpensive cookbook ($10.99 list) is worthy of being in your library, whether you’re trying to get your kids into cooking or if you’re a neophyte adult chef looking to expand their repertoire of dishes. Even the experienced home cook will find something here of interest, and your dollars also go to a good cause at the same time!

Back to the kitchen… look for recipes soon!

2 Responses to “Kid Cooking from around the (Small) World”

  1. […] I gave you a quick overview of the “FEED our Small World” cookbook and promised to share a few of the recipes contained therein, and here (I’m sure […]


  2. I’m not sure how I missed this cookbook, but my son would love it! Thanks for the post, I’ll be on the lookout for it now!


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