Book GIVEAWAY - Starting From Scratch


Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary copy of this book for review by Owlkids Books. I know, I'm so lucky.

I quite simply adore this book. Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know About Food and Cooking written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Jeff Kulak is a joyful mixture of facts and fun for an ageless audience. My six-year-old son and I read this new book from Owlkids Books together and there's no doubt I enjoy it as much as he does. It is food and cooking in a nutshell; a large and complete nutshell.

Starting from Scratch doesn't just aim to get the reader interested and involved in cooking, but to truly understand it. Chapters like Why You Should Cook, Cooking is Science, and What is a Recipe? offer up information even seasoned cooks will find fascinating. One of my favourite segments is a two-page spread in chapter two that takes readers around the globe to find out how different cultures prepare the same common ingredient - chicken. Another highlight for us was coming up with our own salad dressing ideas on page 49. After learning about the 3-parts oil to 1-part acid ratio, readers can pick an oil from the extensive list, followed by an ingredient from the Acids list and one or more from the Flavorings list. My son came up with his own olive oil, lemon juice and mustard creation. 

This is also one of the most charmingly illustrated books I've held in my hands in some time. The fun vintage-style illustrations by the Montreal-based Kulak flow freely throughout the text, setting a playful tone and making the turning of each page a feast for the eyes. I mean, who doesn't love a sandwich with legs holding a fabulous handbag? Seeing ordinary pantry items and familiar kitchen tools splashed on the page in vivid colour is a real treat. I'd put any of Kulak's artful illustrations from this book up in my kitchen just for their fun, feel-good factor.

I wish you could all win a copy, but I'm only giving away one! If you're a parent or teacher, Starting from Scratch will help ignite a passion for cooking in kids. It would also make a lovely graduation gift for any young person about to move away from home for the first time where feeding themselves is part of the reality. Understanding food and cooking is a life lesson no one should leave home without. Now on to the winning...

 
To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you want to win a copy of Starting from Scratch. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. A winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at 6 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Good luck!

19 comments:

  1. oooo.... I just love pretty cookbooks! They just invite you in to cook! I think my kids will enjoy it too.

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  2. It looks lovely! My six-year-old son is getting into helping in the kitchen. This would be a nice addition to our library and cookbooks.

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  3. I would love this book because I myself need a constant reminder that cooking is fun. I do not have much counter space or a dishwasher so I tend to look at cooking negatively (poor college student problems). I would love to win this! email me at kaylee.m.brimhall@gmail.com

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  4. I would love to win this book I am a avid reader and a cook! I always try new things and I want to win this! Thank you
    gardengranny@ckt.net

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  5. This looks like just the kind of book that I love - entertaining, creative and informational all in one. And it's about food. Extra bonus! kimberlyablanchard@gmail.com

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  6. Ohmygosh! This looks like a fantastic book! I would love to read this with Owen! Xo

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  7. I love the illustrations. My kids are starting to help more and more jn the kitchen. This sounds like it would be a wonderful read with them. Sroutliffe@hotmail.com

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  8. I am looking for a way to have my 11 year old son interested in cooking and eating healthy whole foods. This seems to be one that will help us transform our eating from processed foods to eating more natural ones. catloglew@hotmail.ca

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  9. This would be a great way to get my picky little one (who loves to help out in the kitchen) to understand why its' so important to eat healthy foods. It would be fun to get her more involved in getting meals ready
    ~Devon (devoncprescott@yahoo.com)

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  10. I would love to introduce cooking to my 3 kidlets with this charming little book. I am always looking for something fun for us to do as a family and this looks like a lovely idea for both learning and enjoyment :) Stephanie (steph_1502@hotmail.com)

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  11. My sons love to cook, and are totally into the fact that I love to make everything from scratch. This book would be a favourite in our house for sure!
    Lisa (iammommabear@yahoo.ca)

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  12. Oh, me please! I have three kids (8, 6, 2.5) and my eldest has started cooking. Just basics, like fried eggs, but he's very interested in learning more and my middle son wants to emulate his older brother. A book that's specifically for kids/families would be great! (I'm mdachsel at gmail dot com)

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  13. There are so many reasons! I love to cook from scratch! Thanks for the giveaway! tpcgreen at hotmail dot com

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  14. I love to be in the kitchen and I'm really looking forward to having my DD grow up eating healthy, yummy foods that we have made together. It sounds like this book would be really awesome!

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  15. I've just discovered your blog, through a link from dinnerwithjulie.com -- can't wait to explore it more. I'd love to win this book, but I'm not sure who to give it to -- my 22-year-old granddaughter who doesn't really like to cook but has to feed her family, or her 13-year-old brother who loves to cook but needs to learn more. Either way, I'd want to read it first :) ggwendy66@gmail.com

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  16. Congrats to Lisa who commented "My sons love to cook, and are totally into the fact that I love to make everything from scratch. This book would be a favourite in our house for sure!" You were randomly selected to win a copy of Starting from Scratch! Check your email inbox for a message from me. Thanks, everyone, for entering.

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  17. I'd love to win this! Reading about food, food writing, and recipes is one of my favorite hobbies and this book's illustrations make it look really appealing.

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  18. Hi there! This book looks so cute, and just what I need. I'm leaving home soon and need to learn more about the basics of cooking so I can start making dinner for myself consistently (reality check!).

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