Do you remember that meal you make because Mom made it? This book brings back that memory and as I shared this story with my son I began to think about the wonderful memories shared in my family's kitchen growing up.
My Mom was the everyday cook and Dad the salad man. They also shared the holiday cooking. I remember Dad always baking the bread on a holiday. My grandma taught me how to make the meatballs. Recently, I had my younger brother over for a Saturday of Meatball lessons. I share with my son all of these recipes. And I hope one day he enjoys making these dishes in his kitchen.
This book Cora Cooks Pancit was a beautiful reminder how it is to be young and watch all the grown-up make something special in the kitchen and FINALLY get the chance to make a special meal. I hope you enjoy this story and share your recipes with your child.
A great recipe is in the back of the book. Try it and let us know.
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Product Description (from Amazon)
Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish. With Mama's help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won't notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the pot carefully-- while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking. Dorina Lazo Gilmore's text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora's family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family's newest little chef.