Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Piccolo Chef Cookbook

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Review - The Piccolo Chef Cookbook

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The Piccolo Chef Cookbook

About the Book
Busy parents everywhere want to spend more time with their kids, but they also need to feed them. Cooking school founders Tina Fanelli Moraccini and Lilian Palmieri suggest you combine quality time and cooking in their new book, The Piccolo Chef Cookbook: Healthy Cooking With Your Kids.

Moraccini and Palmieri worked together for 12 years at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and have since won several awards for running Piccolo Chef, the best cooking school for children and teens in L.A. Their cookbook is crafted to be ideal for working parents and their hungry children to share together. It’s the perfect way to combine prepping for dinner and spending time with the kids, all while creating food that is both delicious and healthy.

“You will not find ‘kiddie’ food in The Piccolo Chef Cookbook, only recipes for dishes that deserve to be presented at the table of adults,” said the authors. “Children should be invited in to share and participate in the kitchen, not kept out.”

The spirit of Piccolo Chef is that sharing responsibility for cooking teaches children so much more than just the recipe you are working on. It helps foster creativity, confidence, patience, teamwork, and more. Spending time with children cooking will provide them with important skills and lifelong awareness and appreciation of cooking and good eating.

The Piccolo Chef Cookbook: Healthy Cooking With Your Kids includes a foreword by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani.

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About the Authors
Tina Fanelli Moraccini and Lilian Palmieri have been working together for almost two decades and have developed a very special bond. As mom-preneurs with a vision to make healthy cooking attainable and fun to children of all ages and walks of life, they opened Piccolo Chef, the premier cooking school for children and teens in L.A. They believe that kitchens are magical places where the entire family will discover the power in quality ingredients and delicious recipes – all mixed together and cooked with the warmth of love.

My Take on the Book
WOW! This cookbook makes you look like a trained chef after making some of these recipes. There were so many great ideas in this book that I loved, and even better the book is geared for you to share and cook with your child which in my book is even better. What was great about the cookbook was not only that there were a ton of great recipes (which there were) but beyond that there were amazing images to help you know what you were making and the step-by-step instructions were clear and simple to follow. This is especially important when cooking with a child so I greatly appreciated that and so did my daughter! The recipes in this book are also healthy, but they are definitely not lacking in flavor, and my kids really have not complained in any sense that they are healthy for them at all. They actually have asked for more of some of the recipes I have tried thus far which is always a good sign! Overall, this is a great book that will engage you and the children around you in some wonderful one-on-one cooking excursions! Bon Appetit! 

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