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The Young Chef's Mexican Cookbook

All kids are different, but most have two things in common: they're curious and they like to cook. You can satisfy both their fascination with learning new things and give them some cool kitchen time by introducing them to cooking traditional dishes from other cultures. What better way to spend some time together than preparing a delicious Mexican meal with them?

 

Letting the kids take the reins in the kitchen can be tough, but when you're there to supervise and lend a hand when needed and they have the right recipes, it can be a really great experience. Karen Ward's book The Young Chef's Mexican Cookbook from the I'm the Chef! series is a great place to start. It's designed specifically for little cooks, ages seven and older, and includes safety tips, a helpful glossary, detailed instructions and loads of pictures for its kid-friendly meals.

Along with recipes for entrees, side dishes, soups and desserts, there is a section that shares the sights, traditions and celebrations of El Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. It's a really cool cookbook for kids, and the food is amazing.

 

With my wife being of Latin descent, we think it's important to share traditions of her culture with our children. I bought this childrens' cookbook a year ago, and while my sons are still too young to man the kitchen on their own, they love working by our sides to prepare some excellent meals together. I think they're just as excited as I am for the day to come when they can do it all by themselves.