This is a guest post from Jane, one of the amazing people who have volunteered to test recipes for my new book. I am so grateful for everyone’s help and support – we can’t make it a best seller without you
Testing recipes is always a fun task, but when I get to help create a cookbook for kids it is even more special. I have to change the way I think about the final dish and gear it toward a simpler palate. Clean flavors, simple ingredients, and freshness become more important. Can we create a dish that children will love that still has all the nutrients they need? This is the gift of a very talented recipe developer!
I look forward to getting each new recipe, shopping for ingredients, and seeing if I can make it exactly as written. Will kids like it? Is it easy to make? Is it affordable and can I make it on a weeknight? If it were my recipe, what might I change? What can make it stronger? Clearer? It is my responsibility as a tester to help make it the best recipe it can be.
Fun, inspiring, and delicious – that’s what kids want. Especially if they get to help! It has to look, smell, and taste good. Michelle’s recipes are all this and more. My family always looks forward to trying something new and has been enthusiastic about everything we’ve tried. It is interesting to see what she comes up with, and an honor to help her perfect the recipes.
The focus of my blog (www.theheritagecook.com) is sharing traditions, one recipe at a time. I learned from my grandmother, and with Michelle’s book, the next generation of cooks can do the same. I can’t wait to see the final cookbook and add it to my library!