The series ‘Cook with Me’ is a magical voyage through the world of cookery. It is designed to enthuse children (and their parents) with the joy of food and impress upon them the supreme importance of nutrients. Through the science of ingredients, the origins of flavours, and the history of recipes, the reader can imagine himself on an enchanting trip, meeting
ingredient ‘visitors’ en route who will make food and cooking fun.
The aim of the series is to lead children, through the discovery and understanding of nutrients, to establish a balanced relationship with food and to build healthy eating habits from childhood
We will sail with Captain Hanson. Having found it impossible to steer his ship and hold his mother’s doughnuts made without holes, he impaled them on the spokes of his ship’s wheel. Inspired by his ingenious solution, he ordered his cook to henceforth prepare
all doughnuts with holes in the centre.
‘Madame Flour’ will be our guest in this lovely episode.
Allow me to introduce ‘Little Lasagne Sisters’, the first volume of ‘Cook with Me’. The series is more than a collection of books. It is a project in nutrition to help children discover the fun in cooking healthy nutritionally balanced foods.
We travel in time and space back to ancient Greece where we meet the ancestor of our Little Lasagne Sisters: the Loysen. From there, first the Romans, then the English, French and Italians all added their own touches to perfect this mouth-watering dish that you will ‘Cook with Me’. Get ready to meet our sweetest guest: Mr Sugar and his sucrose relatives.
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We will explore another tasteful recipe and discover another beautiful place as we enjoy together a famous Italian food: Pizza.
Join me in the Kingdom of Naples where in 1889 poor baker, Raffaele Esposito, created the Pizza Margherita for the Italian King Umberto I and his Queen Margherita to celebrate their visit to the city.
Our ingredient ‘Sir Oil’ will then explain to us the vital importance of
fats in a healthy proper diet.
We learn about the happy accident that created one of the most scrumptious desserts in the world teaching us to
‘always look on the bright side of life’!
One day in the kitchen of the culinary genius Auguste Escoffier, a young and inattentive apprentice inadvertently poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate. From there Escoffier, recovering from his anger, created our delicious ‘Master Chocolate Truffle’. We follow his beautiful recipe with my usual healthy adaptations.
‘Don Chocolate’ will then tell us all about this tantalising ingredient.
We prepare ‘Princess Mozzarella in Carrozza’ learning about
her origins and the healthy components that she provides us. Mozzarella cheese contains water soluble vitamins that the body does not store so eating this cheese satisfies
a vital and immediate nutritional need.
Get ready to ‘Cook with Me’ this delectable recipe and to meet ‘Mr Milk’.
We discover that both Chip and Fry were born as curious and clever substitutes, Chip in 1853 to accommodate the wishes of an unhappy restaurant customer while Fry makes up for tiny fish missing during the deep freeze of the River Meuse in the cold winter of 1860.
Our guest ingredient is the wise GrandMa Potato who couldn't be anything else as she is nearly 10,000 years old!
Our journey commences in the sweetest world, the Court of King Stanislaw, where, by a happy accident, the Baba’ was born.
The King fell in love with this delicious dessert and called the sweet after the hero of the book ‘One Thousand and One Arabian Nights’.
‘Mr Lemon’ and all his fruity relatives will tell us the importance of Vitamin C.
We travel all the way back to 2300 BC to meet Shirmati Raagee, a prototype for the noodle. We discover when noodles were first introduced, was it to Indian or Chinese society? ... Don't forget the Romans and Greeks who battled over the origins of the pasta. Read Little Lasagne Sisters to find the answer to this riddle! Mr Wheat will add to the story about carbohydrates and fibres already started by Mme Flour and Mr Sugar in earlier books in our series. 'Cook with Me' has so many knowledgeable guests!