Little Kitchen: Sabrina Parrini

Little KitchenAbout the author

Sabrina Parrini has a background in early childhood teaching and launched Australia’s first organic cooking school and party venue.  She now demonstrates her skills and recipes at food fairs and plans to revolutionise the way that people look at children’s health and wellbeing.

About this book

This book is aimed at 8 – 12 year olds and was perfect for my Amber aged 9.

The introduction has a great section called “Safety first” which outlines oven safety and some basic guidelines for parents. If you are not used to cooking with your children or are looking for a some guidelines of how to be involved without getting involved, there are some good tips here.  Amber and I read this together and talked about what she knew and didn’t already know.  We also went through the section on utensils and made sure she knew where each of them lives in our kitchen.  This helps with tidying up!  There is a great section at the end called “Cooking Downloads” which explains techniques and terminology such as “julienne” and “blind baking”.  Amber was familiar with most of these terms as she has watched me follow recipes since she was in a high chair.  She still enjoyed  name dropping them into conversations and now always asks the waiter at our favourite Italian if her pasta will be “Al dente” .

The recipes are split into suggestions for Lunch, Dinner, Sides, Biscuits and Cakes and Desserts.  I guess this is to make the budding chef think about what would work well if they were making a full meal using the book.  Examples include Moussaka, Mushroom Quiche (with blind baking!), Prawn and Tomato Paella (see below), Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni, Devils Food Cake and Mini Pavlovas with Passion Fruit Curd.

Prawn Paella

My daughter Amber gently adding prawns to her Paella

The recipes all have a rating indicating the level of difficulty as well as little facts about the countries mentioned in the book and a world map.  There is a real multi cultural feel about this book which may put some children off as the ingredients or tastes may not be familiar.  Amber eats pretty much everything we give her and is very used to foods from different places and different eating styles so she wasn’t phased by this.  Conversely if you are looking for a way to get your children interested in eating different kinds of foods, this book could help with that learning.

Listen to what my daughter thought…

Book details

Hardcover: ISBN: 9781742700434

£7.86 on Amazon at time of writing

Published by Hardie Grant

Sabrina’s details

Twitter: @SabrinaParrini


To enter a giveaway for a copy of this book, simply leave a comment below and for an additional chance, tweet  ”I’ve entered the @BotanicalBaker giveaway for Little Kitchen Around The World”.  Closing date Friday 10 February 2012.

20 responses to “Little Kitchen: Sabrina Parrini

  1. Pingback: Cooking and Baking With Children | The Botanical Baker

  2. Please could you add me to the. Entrants, its a gorgeous looking book!
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  3. Debbie Rodriguez

    The book sounds fantastic. My two little budding bakers would love to get their hands on a copy!


  4. Would be a good way of introducing my 8 year old son to the kitchen as he is not as keen as my little girl to join in!


  5. Have a 9 year old boy who wants to get more envolved with cooking this could be an ideal book for him


  6. Perfect for my son who likes to help in the kitchen at mealtimes!


  7. my 6 year old niece would love this..I think we could have great fun together


  8. This sounds like it would be perfect to go along with our homeschool unit studies.:)


  9. Rebecca Linsdell

    Mmm, my daughter would love to try these!!


  10. My 2 love helping me to cook – this book looks amazing x


  11. My 8 year old would love this,she’s a (twice cooked) chip off the block, we’ve just eaten a curry which she made tonight.


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