As someone who has lived many places in the world these cookbooks are a great idea to teach kids about different cultures in a fun inviting way!
Here is our interview with Handstand Kids
I love the chance for kids to learn about other cultures and have fun cooking. Did the inspiration of these cookbook kits come from traveling yourself? If so where have you traveled?
I was traveling a lot to places all over the world, and was also working in international children’s rights. I was always on the hunt for fun gifts to bring back for my little cousins, and thought that a cookbook that introduced them to whatever country I was in would be a great souvenir, but I couldn’t ever find one anywhere.
I have traveled throughout Europe, China, India, South East Asia, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada, and knew I had to create a cookbook that captured all of the unique and delicious recipes from each of these regions.
Tell us about the cookbook kits you have available. Are there plans for more in the future?
We currently have three cookbook kits: Italy, China, and Mexico. The Italian kit is packaged in a pizza box with a chef's hat, Mexico in a tortilla bag with an oven mitt, and China in a takeout box with chopsticks. They each introduce the language and show the Handstand Kids in different cultural scenes.
We are definitely planning more kits, looking at things like baking for kids, French food, and more healthy American recipes as well. We also just launched a line of cooking accessories, our "Eat Your Fruits & Veggies" apron, a chef's hat, and an oven mitt.
Do you have a favorite recipe for kids?
Whichever recipe will get them excited to taste new fruits and vegetables is my favorite, and this could differ from family to family. I love The "Great Wall of Chinese Lettuce Wraps" and the "Apple-licious Taquitos". Kids love making, and eating them!
Do you have a tip for getting kids involved in the kitchen?
Give kids their own workspace in the kitchen. Most of the kitchen is generally off limits to kids, but we want to invite them in a safe and fun environment. Having their own cookbook and apron gets them excited to help out and try new foods. The more kids are involved in cooking, the more likely they are to taste what they have made.
How can parents teach their kids the importance of healthy eating?
Make eating fun! Kids will try foods with repeated exposure to it. Even the pickiest eaters will eventually try different foods if they are included in the cooking process and see the family enjoying the food together.
Include children in all parts of cooking and eating. Take them grocery shopping and to farmer’s markets and let food be fun!
Mac & CheeseServes 3 to 4
12 ounces of macaroni (maccheroni)
¾ cup of milk (low fat or regular)
2 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups of chopped vegetables (spinach, broccoli, or any other favorites)
10 cups of water
2 Oven Mitts
1. Boil 10 cups of water in the large pot, enough to completely cover the maccheroni.
2. Wearing oven mitts, add the maccheroni to the pot and cook for 7-9 minutes.
3. Drain the pasta from the water into a strainer in the sink. Pour the maccheroni back into the pot and stir in the milk and mozzarella until it is evenly distributed.
4. Add the vegetables to the pot and stir well for 3 to 5 minutes. Use the wooden spoon to scoop the maccheroni into a bowl.
Alternative: Add bite-sized pieces of protein (cooked chicken, beef, or tofu) to the maccheroni to make it a complete meal.