2018-03-01 / BookBag

Pass the Pepper, Please!

Paula Bannon | Schlow Centre Region Library

My entire family can attest to the fact that I’m a tough sell when it comes to trying new foods. As a child, I was content with peanut butter sandwiches or a roll and applesauce. (And if we’re being honest, not much has changed since then!) Whether your tastes are simple or sophisticated, the need to eat is something we all have in common. And if you have kids, working with their preferences while trying to provide a healthy meal can make things interesting! If you’d like to encourage your little picky eater to branch out a bit, check out one of Schlow’s kid-friendly cookbooks to make something new together or enjoy a story about someone else with food troubles.

Are you a sandwich fan? Sandwich ideas abound in the new cookbook by Alison Deering and Bob Lentz called Sandwiches! More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food. Each two-page spread features a sandwich recipe and includes fun facts about the sandwich’s history. Recipes are organized by level of difficulty and include a S’more Sandwich, Pizza Melt, French Dip and more favorites that are sure to get your family asking for seconds.

Benny the Woodpecker discovers the most delicious smell — and it’s coming from the waffle house! He tries to place an order, but no one wants to serve Benny waffles. Finally, he comes up with a plan that involves all of his forest friends. Will Benny finally get his waffle? Check out Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen to find out.

Parents of picky eaters will relate to Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni. In this rhyming picture book by Marilyn Sadler, Tony loves macaroni so much that he just won’t eat anything else. Each time his Nonna introduces something new, Tony says, “No, Nonna, please! Just macaroni and cheese!” Nonna tries to tempt him with lasagna, roasted potatoes, fried zucchini and other appealing dishes without success. Will Tony ever try something new?

For those kids looking to go above and beyond in the kitchen, check out Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook by Melina Hammer. Part One will help you get better acquainted with the tools in your kitchen and introduces the culinary skills that you will need to be successful. Part Two contains recipes for breakfast, snacks, salads and veggies, main dishes and, of course, desserts. Perhaps Tony Baroni’s Nonna could have tempted him with the delicious-looking Butternut Mac ‘N’ Cheese!

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