Think kids only eat pizza, burgers and chicken nuggets? Amanda Grant's recipes prove their love for food goes much deeper than that

Post Magazine

When I was growing up in the United States, I observed that many parents there underestimated their children’s’ tastes. At home they would feed them hot dogs, chicken nuggets and frozen fish fingers while at restaurants their kids would always order from the children’s menu, which listed the same dishes, plus pizza and burgers.

Fortunately, Amanda Grant, who specialises in food writing for children and founded Cook School, a British-based non-profit organisation that teaches kids about food and how to cook, assumes that children are more broad-minded (or would that be broad-palated?) than their parents give them credit for.

In The Silver Spoon for Children – Favourite Italian Recipes (2009), she not only gives a broad range of Italian recipes that aren’t dumbed down just because they are targeted at children, but also gets those youngsters to cook them.

In the introduction, Grant writes, “Over the centuries, Italians have discovered exactly how to mix a few simple, good-quality ingredients to make meals that are full of flavour. For instance, you can make a delicious sauce for pasta with just a few basic items such as good-quality canned tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and a good olive oil.

Post Magazine

Cover for cookbook The Silver Spoon for Children – Favourite Italian Recipes by Grant. Photo: Jonathan Wong

“The recipes in this book will help you learn some key skills and techniques used in any kitchen, not just Italian ones: you will learn how to use a small sharp knife (which is essential if you are going to do some proper cooking!), how to prepare vegetables, how to cook pasta, even how to make your own pizza dough from scratch.

“Cooking isn’t just about making something good to eat: by following the recipes, you will practise some maths (measuring, sharing), reading (the recipes as well as lots of fun bits of information along the way), geography (you will learn some interesting facts about Italy), and perhaps even art […]

Post Magazine

Grant specialises in food writing for children and founded Cook School, a British-based non-profit organisation that teaches kids about food and how to cook. Photo: Amanda Grant

Post Magazine

A recipe from The Silver Spoon for Children – Favourite Italian Recipes. Photo: Jonathan Wong

“All the recipes in The Silver Spoon for Children have been tested by children – if you’re aged nine or 10 or older, you should be able to follow most of the recipes by yourself, with some occasional help from an adult. But do always remember to check with an adult before you begin and make sure that there is someone with you when you use a sharp knife, the oven or electrical equipment like a food processor. If you’re younger than nine you will need help from an adult, or an older brother or sister.”

And what does Grant expect children to like? Of course, there’s the pizza and spaghetti with tomato sauce, but she also gives recipes for summer cannellini bean salad, tuna frittata with green beans, chicken breasts stuffed with mascarpone, polenta gnocchi, baked aubergine with tomato, linguine with pesto, roast leg of lamb in herb crust with stuffed tomatoes, Tuscan minestrone soup, chicken stew with olives, ravioli Napoletana, lasagne, and lamb chops and new potatoes with rosemary.

​Like what you read? Look for more food and drink in SCMP Post Magazine.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


Rick Bayless's Immersive Play Casts Audiences as Influencers In Kitchen Nightmare Theater

© Kyle Flubacker/Windy City Playhouse Windy City Playhouse’s production of “Recipe for Disaster” is written by Rick Bayless and is an interactive experience where the audience tastes food. Editor’s note: ... Read more »

Does Savannah Have the Best Shrimp and Grits? Leslie Jordan Says Yes

© Provided by Southern Living Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Actor, comedian, and Instagram-sensation Leslie Jordan might have been born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but when it comes to Southern cities, ... Read more »

Cocktail Bar Lulu Is Diving Into the World of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei Cuisine

© Daniel San Martin / Shutterstock A stock image of tiradito, a classic Nikkei dish that involves sashimi-style raw fish drizzled in a spicy, acidic sauce. Jarana specializes in Nikkei, ... Read more »

A New Pastry Shop Specializing in Hungarian Chimney Cake Springs Onto the Plateau

David Sebestyen has been cranking out kürtőskalács, a sweet coil-shaped Hungarian pastry said to have originated in Romania’s central Transylvania region, since 2018, dutifully doling them out from under tents ... Read more »

José Andrés's Porky Speakeasy and 7 More Restaurant and Bar Openings

© Regan Baroni/Pigtail Pigtail is a cocktail bar in the basement of Jaleo, José Andres’s tapas bar in River North. Chicago’s hospitality industry continues to pick up the pieces and ... Read more »

Find One of NYC's Best Green Chile Cheeseburgers Yet at This Ode to Santa Fe in Williamsburg

© Provided by Eater A throng forms in front of Santa Fe BK on weekend afternoons. Flying the New Mexico flag — showing the Zia people’s sun symbol in red ... Read more »

This Woman Started a Nonprofit to Help Food-Insecure Families with Food Allergies

© Provided by EatingWell Chuong Doan As toddlers, Emily Brown’s daughters were diagnosed with multiple food allergies. The exorbitant costs of allergen-free groceries caused Brown to seek food assistance. After ... Read more »

You Could Have Your Whole Thanksgiving Dinner Waiting for You at Ukrop's Homestyle Foods in Richmond

© Provided by Southern Living Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods The holidays are without a doubt my favorite time of year. Being surrounded by family and good food makes the magic of ... Read more »

Savoury, sweet and full of flavour: why we eat peanut butter straight from the jar – a guilty delight that feels so wrong but is actually perfectly all right

I don’t know what came over me recently. I was home and decided I wanted to make myself lunch. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much in the fridge. There was stuff ... Read more »

How to Prepare and Use Strawberries

Strawberries are a traditional taste of summer. They can be eaten fresh and used in desserts. To save your strawberries for as long as possible, keep them cool and dry ... Read more »

How Power of Love Grew From a Dinner at Spago Into One of the Nation's Premier Events With Celebrity Chefs

© Keep Memory Alive Keep Memory Alive’s Larry Ruvo, left, with chef Wolfgang Puck. Back in 1995, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada vice president and general manager Larry Ruvo ... Read more »

From Delivery to Cocktails To-Go, How California's New Laws Will Change Dining in LA

© Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Governor Gavin Newsom signs SB 796, a bill to return Manhattan Beach land to descendants of its original Black ... Read more »

How to Brown Ground Beef

Browning ground beef is a way to cook the meat and remove the fat before adding the beef to a dishes such as tacos or chili. The most common way ... Read more »

How to Tip Your Server at a Restaurant

Tipping your server in a restaurant is expected, although not legally required, in the United States. There are customary amounts that you should leave for good service. In other countries, ... Read more »

How to Eat Peanut Butter

Goober peas, groundnuts, Arachis hypogaea — whatever you want to call it, the peanut is actually a legume and it sure is good when it’s ground up into peanut butter. ... Read more »

How to Hold a Spoon

Although proper spoon use varies from culture to culture, you can learn a universal way to hold a spoon to allow for the widest field of motion. The trick is ... Read more »

How to Have Good Table Manners

Whether you’ve been invited to a dinner party or you’re going out to eat, brushing up on your table manners is a good way to prepare. Having table manners can ... Read more »

I Never Leave Costco Without Stopping in the Seafood Department

© Provided by Southern Living Getty/SOPA Images / Contributor Paper towels? Absolutely. Giant muffins and a cheesecake for a crowd? Naturally. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks? Not even a question. ... Read more »

The One Ingredient Your Morning Oatmeal Is Missing

© Provided by Southern Living Hector Sanchez Who doesn’t love to start their day with a piping hot and comforting breakfast casserole? From Creamy Egg Strata to the cheesy goodness ... Read more »

Why You Should Make Fresh Cranberry ~*Relish*~ Instead Of Sauce

© Parker Feierbach Fresh Cranberry Relish good with or without turkey. Totally fresh and requires zero actual cooking. On Thanksgiving, there’s never enough stovetop or oven space. There’s just too. ... Read more »

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Opens His First Boston Restaurant at Hub Hall

© Momosan Tan-tan ramen from Momosan. Boston’s newest food hall — Hub Hall at the Hub on Causeway development by TD Garden — opened last month, minus a couple of ... Read more »

Wendy's Will Replace Your Fries if They're Not 'Hot & Crispy'

© Provided by Food & Wine Wendy’s In late August, Wendy’s announced that it was changing its French fries for the first time in over a decade. The company said ... Read more »

Exactly How Long to Store Leftovers Before Tossing Them

© Andrey Popov / Adobe Stock Hold up! Before you dig into that few-days-old pizza, it’s important to know how long leftovers can last in the fridge (or freezer). Keep ... Read more »

Are You Ready For The Ultimate Holiday Sweetness Showdown?

© Jenny Huang Our editors are facing off in an epic battle of the holiday recipes. The holiday season is fast-approaching, which means it’s time to start planning all the ... Read more »

Family-Style Pumpkin Pie Baked Oats

© Jenny Huang – Hearst Owned This easy pumpkin pie baked oats recipe from is about to become a new family favorite. What’s one easy way to get everyone ... Read more »

Farm Basket Back on Track to Bring Its Iconic Chicken Cluckers and Turkey Gobblers to the Eastside

© Farm Basket Farm Basket. Eastside fans of Las Vegas institution Farm Basket patiently waited more than a year since the home of cluckers, gobblers, and orange rolls announced a ... Read more »

Found: 7 useful gifts that are a practical person's dream

© Provided by Real Homes null Shopping for useful gifts is difficult, but after the past two years, we’ve had? It’s more justified than ever. With so many of us ... Read more »

How To Cook The Best Asparagus Of Your Life

© Ethan Calabrese Everything you need to know about asparagus. While asparagus is luckily usually found year round in grocery stores, like most produce it still has a peak season. ... Read more »

I'll Be Eating Giada De Laurentiis' Cheesy Vegetable Parmesan Casserole All Fall and Winter Long

© Provided by EatingWell Giadzy, Getty Images / Noam Galai Giada De Laurentiis may be a celebrity chef, but her recipes feel anything but fussy. Whether she’s whipping up macaroni ... Read more »

My Favorite Weeknight Dinner Starts with a Bag of Microwavable Rice

© Provided by Southern Living Hector Sanchez Let’s talk about grocery store convenience items. Right up there with rotisserie chicken and pre-chopped onions is the hero of the grain aisle, ... Read more »

Chef Michael Mina's Next LA Project Is a Restaurant Inside a Health Club

© Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Chef Michael Mina attends the 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event presented by the ... Read more »

Queen Elizabeth Has Been Told to Stop Drinking, Report Claims

© Provided by Food & Wine Getty Images When you’re the queen, you answer to no one — except, apparently, your team of physicians. Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors have advised ... Read more »

A fancy new restaurant that changes its menu every six weeks is coming to Dublin

© Provided by There is new restaurant that changes its menu every six weeks is opening in Dublin and you can bet there’s going to be a waiting list. ... Read more »

The Long-Awaited New Beer Garden From Austin's Belgian-Style Brewery Finally Has an Opening Date

© Chris Lammert Photography CTX Beer Garden North Burnet Belgian-style brewery Celis Brewery is expanding with a new beer garden and live music venue on its space at 10001 Metric ... Read more »

This Glowing Halloween Cup From Dunkin' Is Scary-Cute

© Dunkin’ There are two types of folks during the month of October: those who shrug at costume party invitations and simply look forward to discounted candy, and those who ... Read more »

What's With All the Fancy Tater Tots?

© Hardy Wilson Tater tots radiate a golden aura of childhood nostalgia, rolling around on school lunch trays and treasured in fast food kiddy meals. They were a frozen comfort ... Read more »

Haidilao S'pore has free coke float with bear-shaped frozen coke

© Provided by Mothership Haidilao is not just popular for its hotpot offerings, but also its various hacks that may entitle its customers to several freebies. If you’re looking for ... Read more »

Pecan Pie Muffins Are The Most Perfect Fall Breakfast

© Jenny Huang – Hearst Owned Rock breakfast with these Pecan Pie Muffins from These reduced-sugar, Truvia-sweetened Pecan Pie Muffins make for a perfect Thanksgiving morning breakfast or a ... Read more »

Robot Cafe Proudly Defends (Exactly Zero) Workers From Pushy Customers

© RC Coffee Despite fully automated luxury communism sounding pretty sweet, Western workers have mostly felt haunted the specter of our jobs being taken by robots. Take RC Coffee, Canada’s ... Read more »

Soulbelly BBQ's Bruce Kalman Launches a Pop-Up Sandwich Shop at Vegas Test Kitchen

© Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas Bruce Kalman of Soulbelly BBQ. Bruce Kalman, the chef and owner of Soulbelly BBQ in the Gateway District in Downtown Las Vegas, reveals a pop-up restaurant ... Read more »