Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cookbook review: The Silver Spoon for Children

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes has been adapted from the much larger cookbook The Silver Spoon. It says "for children." I think what it really means is "for teenagers," or possibly "for very small gourmands." I don't know any children--my 11-year-old stepson included--who could be forced to choke down Baked Cod with Vegetables or Tuna and Bean Salad. Not even under pain of death. Certainly he could not tortured into actually touching an eggplant, much less eating one.

However, if your children are among the enlightened few, this is a beautifully illustrated and laid-out cookbook, with step-by-step instructions on making Italian favorites--pizza, lasagna, roast lamb. I could probably talk my stepson into helping me make fresh pasta dough, to be made into cheese ravioli, but it's a toss-up as to whether he would eat any of it. It's definitely not a cookbook for beginner child chefs. But it could be a cookbook for beginner adult chefs who are interested in Italian food. Or the afore-mentioned teenagers.

And I'm giving away a copy, dear readers! Leave a comment as to your child's favorite dish (or niece, or nephew, or any other child in your life) by midnight EST and I'll randomly select a winner!


  1. my kids love linguine with white clam sauce :) ~Danielle

  2. My kids are currently fans of Cocoa Puffs (ewwww). Maybe there's hope for them in the future, though. Cheri

  3. My almost-2 daughter loves pretty much anything with a tomato base sauce... chili, spaghetti, calzone... we haven't given her much "kid food" (aka junk) so she's been pretty happy eating what we eat, for the most part.

    We went out to eat the other day and her sandwich had american cheese on it... she spit it out and gave me a disgusted look as if saying, "Daddy! That's not cheese!" :)