Even if you’re no Julia Child or Jacques Pépin, your children needn’t be destined to an adult diet of microwave fish sticks, canned vegetables and whatever they can boil.
Youngsters can roll up their sleeves and learn to cook with Storybook Kitchen, a local business that uses books to inspire kids to learn about food, nutrition and cooking. Headed by Cynthia Giroux, a retired school teacher and principal, the kitchen offers after-school classes for kindergartners through eighth graders at Tumbleweed Recreation Center in Chandler.
The program begins with a story, and the hands-on experience that follows includes measuring, sifting, pouring, scooping, combining ingredients and tasting. Kids also learn table manners, safe kitchen practices, and how to set up and clean up their workspace. Children cook and eat their own dinner in the class, and recipes and a book list are sent home with each child.
Tuition for Storybook Kitchen’s next after-school program, “Cooking Through the 50 States,” is $60 for four classes, plus a $15 supply fee. Classes in the “50 States” series begin Aug. 24 and continue through December.
Giroux also offers classes for pre-schoolers and their parents at Tumbleweed and free monthly programs at Whole Foods Market in Chandler and Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.
For information, call (602) 510-0959 or visit www.storybookkitchen.com.