Kiddo has declined helping me with the cooking recently. I think it has to do with the fact that his little brother also wants to join us, thus starting a cascade effect of pushing, fighting, and general whining mayhem. When that starts up, I am perfectly happy to work by myself, thank you very much.
Instead, I find ways to talk about cooking while we are eating dinner. I tell Kiddo the ingredients of the food, how I made it, etc. But my favorite thing to do is discuss the magic of cooking!
“Isn’t it amazing,” I say, “that flour and water turn into bread when heated in the oven? Isn’t it cool the way a runny egg white and yolk turned into this custard-y frittata? How did this hard kernel turn into popcorn????? Amazing. It must be magic!”
Or just maybe….. it’s a sneaky chemistry lesson.
How do you encourage a love of cooking in your home?
Oh, and we also read books.
Extra credit reading assignment:
Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements