The Foodie Four: My Top Picks for Learning & Teaching About Food

The Foodie Four - My Picks for Teaching You (And Your Kids to Cook)

(Because, seriously… who doesn’t love it? And isn’t January just made for cooking good, healthy food?)

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on my Facebook page that my daughter had made me breakfast. Here’s the original post.

It still makes me smile a bit when I think about it. I mean, The Child (which is what I playfully call her) had thought of everything. There was even a paper towel next to my plate with my fork on top of it.

*insert collective “Awww!”*

Because of the response that post generated, I thought I would, in typical classical unschooling fashion, share some of my favorite resources around food and cooking.

These are not just for teaching children to cook, but also for helping you dig deeper into the culinary arts and wherever else the rabbit hole you pick may lead.

After all, isn’t that the best way to learn something?


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt is hands down the best book for learning technique in cooking. Learn the skills, then share them with your children.

I have chicken dry-brining in my fridge as of right now, thanks to this book. I have learned to spatchcock a hen, what spice blends go well together and I know the perfect amount of time it takes to boil eggs for the yolk not to be overly boiled (9.5 minutes).

By the way, if you really wanted to know the answer to that last question, you really ought to get the book. The science in it alone can make it a great learning experience for the entire family.

Vegetables Every Day: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Cooking Today’s Produce With More Than 350 Recipes by Jack Bishop, although not as colorful and fun as The Food Lab is a book I refer to often for just ideas of how to cook any vegetable to make it taste great. 

It’s not exotic and it won’t send you searching for fancy ingredients, but it will give you an alphabetical list for cooking every vegetable you see in the store.

Videos & Online Courses

This one was invaluable to frugal me because it taught me not to be afraid of buying a whole chicken to cut into pieces. (YouTube video)

One of my favorite bloggers Katie Kimball, owner of Kitchen Stewardship currently has a FREE knife skills series online class for kids as a promotion. Check it out and see if it’s something you might want to take with your children.


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Author: Purva Brown

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