Cooking with Handstand Kids

by Amy Kraft on March 2, 2009

On weekends we have family dinners and I like to have Olive help me cook. I call her my Sous Chef in hopes that I can subtly coax her into becoming a chef. I have dreams of her having her own NYC restaurant one day where mom and dad can always get a table. She doesn’t like wearing pants while she cooks, though, which is likely a health code violation.


Despite missing them at Toy Fair, I’m happy to find the website Handstand Kids. Great for culinary kids, these recipes are designed for kids to learn about different cultures while they learn how to cook. There are two Handstand Kids cookbooks, one Mexican and one Italian.


If you visit their website you’ll find several sample recipes, including Best-O Pasta Pest-O, Apple Licious-Taquitos, Foot Long Garlic Bread, Chicken Cheese Burrito, Bread in my Salad, and Mango-Licious Salsa. These recipes are great for kids because the instructions are clear and few, the ingredients are simple, and illustrations show off the ingredients and tools that will be used. 


Creator Yvette Garfield had the idea for Handstand Kids coming home from a trip to India, where she couldn’t find any kids cookbooks to bring back for her little cousins. Hopefully this story means that there’s a Handstand Kids Indian cookbook coming – it’s Olive’s favorite cuisine.

There’s also a nice children’s advocacy element to this site. The Stir It Up section has ways to help others in need using your cooking skills. So, get cooking!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ruru March 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

My daughter’s very favorite cookbook is the Williams Sonoma Kids’ Baking – the recipes are clear and easy to follow. I’m going to try to get her beyond baking desserts and maybe Handstand Kids is a nice start!


big cheese March 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Ruru – I’m going to check out the Williams Sonoma one, too!


rault March 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm

…gives a new twist to “naked chef”!! so cute.

How old was Olive when she was able to start helping?


big cheese March 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

That’s a good question. I’d say it’d been boiling for the past 6 months or so. (Get it? … Boiling? heh heh)


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