It’s the first book that I’ve both written and illustrated, so it is like my baby. It’s a very personal piece because it brings together my two passions: cooking and art. Also, it’s inspired by my experiences cooking with Jamie, which is a lot of what this blog is about.
I think cooking can enrich kids’ lives so much. Not only does cooking encourage kids to count, measure, and plan, it gives them a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. That’s how I get my son to eat certain foods he might not otherwise eat. If he’s part of the process, he’s more open to eating what he helped to make.
Having the skill of cooking and knowledge about food and nutrition gives them the ability in the future to choose between making and eating good food over always buying and eating ready made not so good food!
Cooking together is like doing an art project or craft together– both entail a bit of planning — a recipe if you will — but there is a lot of experimenting that goes on along the way. You might adjust the seasonings, change some ingredients or amounts — and you always end up with something new and unique. I love that. And that best part is eating it together. It’s such a bonding experience. That’s why I wrote Soup Day and what I hope it inspires. 🙂
If you know a young chef in your life — this is a great book for them! It is available in stores and online. I have already written the sequel (Pizza Day), and am required to sell a lot of copies of Soup Day in order to make that happen! So your support is valuable to me!
I will also celebrate the official Henry Holt release by giving away a personalized autographed copy (you can tell me whom to autograph it to and I will also draw a picture for the recipient) to a randomly picked winner.
To enter, do one or all (to increase your chances) of the following:
1. Leave a comment and let me know how you get your kids involved in cooking or what your favorite memory of cooking as a kid is.
2. Tweet about this giveaway and follow me on Twitter
3. Follow me on Facebook and leave me a comment about it.
Contest is open until October 4th (next Monday).
Thanks for your support!