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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Lacey J. Mauritz, RDN
Illustrated by Jacqueline Taylor
Age Range: All ages
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Storybook Nutrition
What to expect: Healthy Eating Habits and Recipes
With her love of family and food, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lacey J. Mauritz’s Cooking with Mother Goose helps grownups and kids connect and create memories through storytelling and flavorful family-style food. If you stop and think about it, many nursery rhymes include food. In her third parent-child cookbook and nutrition handbook, Mauritz has taken this concept and prepared something that works as an inspired source of recipes and a highly enjoyable adventure in healthy eating habits.
The book is well-designed with a layout that makes each recipe easy to follow, along with beautiful food and lifestyle photographs of each dish and kid-friendly illustrations for each nursery rhyme that inspired the recipes. Read the rhyming verses together first and then decide on what sounds appealing and looks good to eat. Included with each recipe are allergy information and dietary restrictions, the challenge level and cook times, a list of things kids can do to participate in the process (their involvement has so many added benefits), and recipe variations. For beginner cooks, there is a practical explanation of terms and phrases, as well as descriptions of how to make specific knife cuts. There is a clear photograph of each style of knife cut so you can slice, dice, and chiffonade like you’ve been doing it forever.
Mauritz’s tone is down-to-earth and supportive for any level of cook. Readers can also find the recipe nutrient analysis and a fresh ingredient index at the end of the book—this is so handy for when you have something fresh in your fridge that you need to use up. There are plenty of tips on what to eat and when and where to eat it. Suggested serving sizes and portions and a lesson on setting the table and language to use with fussy eaters are all incredibly helpful elements, too.
From traditional to more exotic/cultured flavors, here are some highlights:
- The Muffin Man: Two-Bite Blueberry Muffins (There are even tips for The Muffin
Man game to play while they bake.)
- Humpty Dumpty: Egg Drop Soup
- Diddle, Diddle Dumpling: Chicken and Dumplings
Don’t be afraid to dig into this ‘blow-on-it-hot’ cookbook and get the pages dirty. You’ll be encouraging a healthy level of playfulness that leads to an enjoyment of food, as well as nourishing bodies and minds while instituting a sense of well-being. Highly Recommended.
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About the Author
Lacey J. Mauritz, RDN is a food-loving, registered dietitian, wife, and mom who is ultra-passionate about child and family nutrition. Her goal is to engage parents and their little ones in the process of preparing, cooking, and—the best part—eating fresh, healthy food. This is her third cookbook.
Lacey lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and when away from her kitchen, enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and traveling.
For more information, visit www.storybooknutrition.com.
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