Let's Get Cooking with Kids
In 2013, Food Day had a special focus on activities aimed at teaching kids to cook. We’ll never be able to match the resources
of America’s junk-food manufacturers that discourage cooking. But with our help, and armed with just a dozen or so basic, healthy recipes kids have begun to reclaim their health.
All over America, activities happened to ensure that kids are as familiar with vegetable peelers, cutting boards, and mixing bowls as they are with iPads, iPhones, and video games. Thousands of kids discovered a new vegetable, chopped their first salad, and made their first soup on October 24. And those experiences might have been the start of a lifetime of healthier eating.
Many experienced the joy of helping unleash the "inner-cook" in our nation's kids. Learning just one simple recipe can instill a love of cooking real food from scratch. What’s more, getting kids cooking can be a fun, hands-on first step to food and nutrition education.
Food Day and our partners have compiled a host of useful resources. Check back often, as we're frequently adding new materials.
20 Recipes to Get Kids Cooking! from Kate Sherwood, Nutrition Action Healthletter’s Culinary Institute of America-trained culinary director. This resource includes recipes from the authors of the new book Get Your Family Eating Right.
Food Day Cookbook Check out tasty, healthy, and affordable recipes from some of America's top chefs, including Dan Barber, Rick Bayless, and Nina Simonds. Download a copy and cook some delicious food on Food Day and every day!
Food Day Recipe Cards Three tasty, healthy, and affordable recipes to use at your Food Day celebration, or anytime of the year!
Nutrition Toolkit (English) (Spanish) from ChopChop magazine with fun lessons on how to compare ingredients, read a nutrition label, and think about food ads. Check out the new cookbook, ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family.
Step–by–Step Guide Let’s Get Cooking Step-by-Step Guide from Family Cook Productions will help you to organize your cooking class with kids.
Jamie Oliver’s Learn Your Fruits and Vegetables program Use this free sample pack to get students excited about fruits and vegetables—eating them, learning about them, and understanding why they’re so good for you.
The Kids Cook Monday Toolkits are great resources for parents, teachers, chefs, and community leaders who want to get kids cooking.
Songs For A Healthier America features 19 songs from legendary rap icons that encourage healthy eating, drinking, and exercise.
Check out more resources for schools here.
"Cooking with your kids--which leads inexorably to sitting down and eating meals as a family--is one of the simplest yet most powerful steps you can take to improving your family's health and well-being, as well as the health of the entire food system." -Michael Pollan, Author, Professor of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
Everybody Eats Lunch