Cooktime with Chef Remmi: Teen chef writes and publishes cookbook for children
12:41 PM, Oct 30, 2013
A 13-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company, has written a cookbook encouraging children to take up healthy cooking as a new pastime.
"Global Cooking for Kids" by Chef Remmi Smith is not your typical children's cookbook: It's written "for kids by a kid," explains the author, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Remmi is the national Student Ambassador for Sodexo, a global leader in food services and facilities management which provides education solutions to nearly 500 school districts in the United States.
Through the colorful, easy-to-read, 160-page book, Remmi sets out to inspire children to adopt healthier eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking.
Subtitled "Your Passport to Flavor & Fun," the book takes the reader on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, brain teasers, personal tips and a place to record notes about the recipe – making it a geography lesson, a cooking journal and a social studies class all in one. For example, one of the fun facts about Italy states: "60 percent of the world's treasured art is in Italy, mostly in their 3,000 museums."
What's most evident is Remmi's passion for cooking and what's most appealing is her genuine writing style and ability to relate to other children. In the section about Lebanon, Remmi includes a recipe for Rice Pilaf and comments: "This dish is heavenly. It has both rice and pasta in it – two of my favorites."
Remmi's recipes include a lot of vegetables and she uses fruits to add natural sweetness while going light on spices to make the dishes more appealing to children.
"I want to inspire children to get in the kitchen and have some fun, cook healthy and enjoy life and the love of food," Remmi said. "You can explore the world through food. Writing this book was a really big adventure for me and I hope it will be an adventure for everyone else."
Remmi, who lives in Oklahoma, stars in a web series "Cook Time With Remmi," and is host of the show "The Culinary Kid."
The book is published by Ideaworks Food Marketing Inc., Plymouth, Pa., which works with Remmi through their mutual affiliation with Sodexo.
Ideaworks President Donna Hansbury said her company decided to publish the book because of Remmi's strong appeal to the thousands of students she reaches through her work with Sodexo.
"The trend is toward healthy dining options for K-12 and campus consumers and our affiliation with Sodexo has put our company at the center of this move," Hansbury said. "After watching Remmi do her cooking demonstrations, we were fascinated by her personality and her enthusiasm. We said ‘Remmi should write a cookbook for kids' and here we are."
Ideaworks, which designed and published "Global Cooking for Kids," is marketing the cookbook for educational, organizational and fundraising opportunities and as an ideal holiday gift for children.
"One of the best ways to get your kids to eat healthy is to have them involved in the cooking," Hansbury said. "This book is filled with healthy, easy-to-make recipes."