What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street – A delightful cookbook for kids that also tells a story!

As a child growing up, I was privileged enough to be raised by a village.  My mother was intentional about raising me among diverse groups of people.  This also meant that I was exposed to diverse foods.  To this day, a good dal or pancit is comfort food to me.  I learned from an early age that all food didn’t look, smell or taste the same.  Most importantly, I learned if it was good enough for someone else to eat, it was good enough for me.  I thought everyone shared this sentiment.

I have since learned that not everyone is accustomed to this style of eating.  I also know that making sure my daughter appreciates different cultures and food is a priority to me.  My Chinese-American friend phrased it best, “don’t yuck my yum.”  It is a simple enough concept, but I understand that it is not as simple in practice.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m intentional when it comes to books and toys for my daughter.  When I came across “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” by Felicita Sala, I was ecstatic!

“What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” is a children’s cookbook.  The simplified recipes are easy enough for kids to make.  There are pictures of the ingredients next to the name of the ingredient.  My daughter can identify what is in a recipe even though she can’t read the directions.  She (and I) love that she can help collect what is needed for the recipe, mostly on her own.  This book is also special because it includes recipes from many cultures and the illustrations show diverse family dynamics.

I appreciate that there are many different types of families.  It is an opportunity for my daughter and I to talk about how families are all different while we’re cooking.

I can’t verify the authenticity of the recipes, but I am happy that they offer a starting point for my daughter to taste and learn to make a variety of foods.  I am also happy because I am able to teach her to accept people through the community built in this book.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly because of the lessons I can teach my daughter.  It is a bonus that it reminds me of my childhood.  If you have ever read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts.  If teaching your child diverse eating is important to you, I would also love to hear any suggestions you have!  If you are looking for adult cookbooks, check out Emilie’s post here.

Xx Mari


Comments (4)

December 2, 2020

Ordering this from our bookshop right now! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Mari in Chicago
December 5, 2020

I am so glad! Please let me know what recipe is your favorite!

Nina Justin
December 2, 2020

I was raised in the same way. I eat everything and am curious about food and cultures. My children are exposed to my eclectic bunch of friends and the different types of food we eat everyday. Eating is a cultural trip and experience in our house. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Mari in Chicago
December 5, 2020

I love this! It makes life so much more interesting and the world so much smaller doesn’t it?

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