Teaching kids to make a cookbook

On June 2, 2011, I made a presentation to a homeschooling group at Allen County Public Library downtown Fort Wayne. It was great fun talking with the group about creating their own cookbook. I used my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane), as a guide. The book contains 10 recipes and 10 crafts for kids in grades 4-8.


Yummy Peanut Sauce demonstration

I spoke to the kids about how to choose a recipe and adapt it for their own taste. Some of the spices used in Asian recipes are hot; they may want to omit or season to taste.


We made a recipe from the book– tasty Peanut Sauce — in the blender. 3 easy steps and no cooking involved! Each student helped make the recipe by participating in the process. I had cooked rice ahead of time and spooned the sauce over the rice. Each student ate their portion in a cup with a spoon. They loved eating it cold, although I suspect it would also be good warmed up.


Students taste the peanut sauce spooned over cooked rice

Everyone wanted seconds! It was great fun!


My thanks to Allen County Public Library Young Adult librarian Cathy Lambert for arranging my visit. This is my second presentation to the YA group and I can’t wait to return next year!


Librarian Cathy Lambert (right) arranged our Peanut Sauce demonstration. I'm in middle; fantastic audience participant tasting the sauce and rice.

These are photos of the day. If other groups would like me to come to their facility to make a presentation about Indonesia or teaching children how to create a cookbook, please contact me. wwwkjreusser@adamswells.com (omit the w’s).


Library-bound, full-color copies of the book Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia and my other 8 children’s books available for purchase from me for $23.00 ($20+$3 P/H). You can read more about them on my Books page and other blog posts.


Have a great day!

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