I might never have gone to the trouble of teaching my kids to cook had it not been for an unexpected blessing God sent our way when the two boys were 11 and 9! I was so sick throughout my pregnancy with our daughter that the most I could do for food preparation was hang my head out the open window of my bedroom (to avoid the smells) and shout instructions through the door.
"Yes -- break the hamburger up with a fork as it browns and then add the canned tomato sauce!"
His take-over in the kitchen happened so subtly that it was only when he went away to college we actually noticed. I remember the day one son #2's friend commented on how much they missed the older brother because he always had dinner ready in the early evening. Ouch! Actually, at that moment I realized that was the reason my life seemed suddenly off kilter - I had to cook again!
Evan was a favored room-mate after college because he could plan, shop and cook meals on a budget. He worked out a deal with his various room-mates that they would clean the dishes if he cooked all the meals.
Like I said, I can't take much credit for this son's abilities in the kitchen. They were acquired mainly because of a critical personal need and a certain natural aptitude. My other son, when faced with an empty table just complained and drove himself to the nearest Bojangles.
I did observe the value of learning how to cook at a young age, so I made sure my daughter helped me in the kitchen from the time she was old enough to stand on a chair at the counter and stir. I called her my Sous-Chef and made her a matching apron. She loved it and helped willingly! Through early exposure and consistent practice, she is a very competent cook and has regularly taken charge of the meal planning and preparation for our family since she was 14 years old. She has regularly prepared lunch and breakfast for me! What a blessing!!!!
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If you have elementary children or older, I believe this book will be a big benefit to aide and encourage you in developing your own kitchen sou chef!