THE FEARLESS KITCHEN
VANESSA BAXTER, BATEMAN PUBLISHING, P/B, $40
THE FEARLESS KITCHEN is all about encouraging families to cook together. Auckland-based food writer Vanessa Baxter doesn’t believe in “kid food” – she wants to expand children’s horizons and push the boundaries through getting them involved in the cooking process. There’s a handy introduction that breaks down what the wee folk can do by age, from toddlers (pouring, shaking, stirring etc) to teens (teach them how to sauté, sweat and marinate, she reckons), and each recipe features a ‘Helpers can...’ box, with specific tasks detailed. This is family food but it’s far from bland. Baxter has travelled extensively, particularly in Asia, and global influences are everywhere – think Balinese banana pancakes, Indonesian soto ayam and Mexican seafood stew.
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