Bringing Out the Chef in Children

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The New York Times.

“I had no idea the world of food was so big. There are so many simple, tasty foods from all these cultures that are so easy to make. You don’t have to eat them in a restaurant or be a trained chef to prepare them.”

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This is what Lynn Fredericks, the creator of FamilyCook Productions, discovered when, divorced with two young sons, she sought to reduce tension in her household by enlisting the boys’ help in the kitchen and introducing them — and herself — to cooking healthful, easy-to-prepare and delicious foods, and eating them together in a civilized fashion.

You might call it gracious dining: cloth napkins in rings, tea lights, flowers occasionally and, most important of all, no TV, mail or toys at the table.

“The food industry keeps telling parents to go out to eat and order from the children’s menu for the kids,” Ms. Fredericks said. As an alternative to the ubiquitous burgers and fries, mac ’n’ cheese and sodas, she said, “I began offering cooking workshops for young mothers, encouraging them to use some time each day to connect in a happy way with their children.”

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