Take a break from puddle jumping and mud pies to enjoy fun stuff for kids and for the young at heart.
1. JUNIOR APRON
Use natural dyes to tie-dye mini white aprons found at LeRoux. Your little chef will have fun making and wearing it. $14.99
2. KID O CUTTING FRUIT
Food makes fractions more fun. Find this at The Toy Box in VH. $25.95
3. CHOP CHOP MAGAZINE
A cooking magazine for families with kid-friendly recipes, articles, puzzles and more. Visit: chopchopmag.org.
4. RATATOUILLE (2007)
Dinner & a movie! Watch this Disney-Pixar movie and follow Remy the French Rat’s journey to becoming a chef. Turn to page 15 for eV’s Ratatouille recipe. Check local libraries.
5. MINI KITCHEN TOOLS
Child’s first cutting board, knife and whisk by Joyce Chen. Functional, adorable and safe. Available at LeRoux.
Find them at Mardell’s in VH, Granite Ace Hardware in Edgartown and Island thrift stores.
7. PIRATE SHIP CAKE PAN
This heavy cast aluminum pirate pan is perfect for breads, molded desserts and cakes. The end result is so much fun, you’ll have to fend off the scallywags who will try and devour your booty. Yarr! $32.
from: “Very Berry”
Features l’etoile chef Michael Brisson’s strawberry tart with mascarpone and chocolate sauce. 2010 Calendars at Cronig’s, Bunch of Grapes, Alley’s General Store, Tony’s Market, $11.95.
from: “Summer Blues”
This fictional work, rising from Middle Ground is an ongoing conversation between a stranger and a fisherman about bluefish. Timeless in place, water, and recipes. Vintage press, at Island libraries and, Bunch of Grapes, 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $15.00.
from: “Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet”
Meander the pages of Hot Sour Salty Sweet through the villages and markets of the Mekong River Valley with cook/photographers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. This is an extraordinary feast for the armchair anthropologist and an even better one if you’re wondering what to do with the bok choi you just picked up from the Whippoorwill CSA. Workman Press, 2000, about $45.
from: “Local Meets Global”
Want a recipe for pork?
Start with the chapter on keeping pigs and choosing a breed. You can skip the section about slaughter and processing if you want to and go straight to the recipe for Glazed Baked Ham with Spiced Figs and Parsley Sauce. Want to grow beets—Bold Blood or Golden Detroit? Or just cook them? Part how-to for the homesteader, part Home Ec for local, sustainable-ag gardeners and cooks, The River Cottage Cookbook, by Englishman Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is a true earth-to-plate cookbook for wherever you live and however you want to eat.
Available at Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown Books, 44 Main St.Edgartown, 508-627-8463 (hardcover, about $35).