Jacques Pépin's Simple Advice for Parents: Teach Your Kids to Cook
By: Angela Arsenault
Celebrated chef Jacques Pépin didn't set out to write a cookbook with his granddaughter, Shorey. He simply wanted to include her in the experience of cooking. "From the moment she was about 3, 4, 5 years old we started hanging out together, whether it was in the kitchen or in the garden or even at the market," says Pépin. His goal, really, was to involve her in identifying and handling ingredients, which he says is a great place for anyone to start when it comes to kids and cooking.
The beautifully rendered results of Pépin's efforts can be found in his cookbook, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey, and in a companion video series featuring the chef and his granddaughter on Surlatable.com.
You may be tempted to say, "Sure, a professional chef would have an easy time of getting any kid interested in cooking. What about the rest of us?" But the beauty of Pépin's advice is that is has almost nothing to do with creating world-class meals.