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Baking Bread with Children (Crafts and Family Activities) Paperback – 28 Feb 2008
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"'This book is irresistible! Warren Lee Cohen offers insights into the place the bread making can have in a child's life and encourages us to find meaning and care in our baking.' Jade Bashford, Soil Association"
From the Author
Welcome to 'Baking Bread with Children.' Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hand, this book offers an abundance of information and inspiration to make baking a satisfying and rich experience. It's a book that you, and the children in your life, will want to share time and again.
Children (adults too!) are deeply impressed by the alchemy of how yeast turns flour, water and salt into bread. Creating something to eat from such basic ingredients is real life magic. It is an unforgettable experience to bake a beautiful loaf. It touches all our senses as well as feelings of accomplishment, wonder and joy. Baking bread is meaningful work that teaches a diverse set of skills and offers bountiful rewards.
But this is more than a recipe book. Baking bread without engaging the imagination is hard work. Add imagination and the activity becomes fun and deeply nourishing. I have collected a store of multicultural tales, songs and blessings to bring baking to life. This is so vital that I have sandwiched the recipes between them.
After sharing recipes and a lively bread culture of stories, songs and poems, I offer suggestions for bread-related projects and educational activities. This section will be of special interest to teachers, adventurous parents and home schoolers. I start with instructions on how to build an earthen bread oven.
In the chapter 'Enlivening the senses' I explore how our human senses develop and the role that bread-baking can play in supporting their healthy growth. The following chapter includes suggestions for incorporating bread-baking into the school curriculum. From mathematics to nutrition, creative writing to geography, baking bread can bring a vast array of subjects to life.
I then dedicate a chapter to the seven traditional grains that feed most of the world's people. Each grain has a unique story to tell, connected with its origin, mythology, nutritional profile and the people that rely upon it. Each one has helped shape specific cultures, diets, customs and rituals. The grains are central to understanding world civilisations. Included are menu suggestions for how to incorporate all of these grains into a healthy and varied diet.
Home-baked bread creates a healthy alternative to industrially produced sliced white bread. The chapter 'Factory-made bread - wheat sensitivities, allergies and coeliac disease' has suggestions for finding the diet that best suits you, including recommendations for using grains other than wheat. I also examine some of the health issues surrounding food today and share some nutritional insights.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a MUST have book for any mother, aunt or grandmother who is seeking a tranquil , creative and joyous way to spend some precious quality time with their children .
The beautiful stories and illustrations, that accompany this very special recipe book, make it a delight to share with young and old alike.
As a grandmother now in my 60's, I still hold dear the memories I have of spending time with my mother and grandmother as they involved me in their work of baking for our family.
This book brings ,in a delightful manner ,a family tradition that sometimes gets overlooked in the hectic lifestyle so many of us experience these days. It is a GIFT indeed !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a great book expressing the importance of inter acting with children and being practical with learning very interesting hand on educational itemPublished 14 months ago by christine hall
Nice book but a bit hippy, old fashioned looking but I liked it. It was for a gift and I don't think it would have been appreciated so I'm keeping it for myself.Published on 14 Feb. 2015 by Sue Owen
Such a great book. I found it so useful - I made a very successful sourdough starter from the recipe in this book. Very easy to followPublished on 10 Feb. 2015 by Zoza