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Listen Up: "Pretend Soup"

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Today we read How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food, by Chris Butterworth:




Hungry yet?


1. Living within a global economy means that we can access to foods & products from around the world. If you have internet access, you can even view farms, markets, chefs & cooking shows live from your home computer. Take a look at the work of Californai artist Peter Menzel, a photographer who documents what one week of groceries looks like for 24 families around the world. Ask a caregiver to help you plan a grocery list. Talk about the budget your family typically spends each week for foods, then go investigate your pantry/fridge to see what is in there.


It is really fascinating to find out more about where our food comes from & how it gets into our kitchens! You might follow these links to learn about: food processing at the farm stand, how frozen pizza is made, or brainstorm a list of foods that start with the letter P...there is so much to discover!


2. I referenced the fantastic cookbook, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson. Here is the recipe for Pretend Soup:

Try making your own diagram, infographic or comic to illustrate a favorite recipe, like the one from the cookbook.


Cooking (and following a recipe!) can teach so many skills!

  • Math & proportion

  • sequencing & following directions

  • chemistry & physics

  • art & aesthetics

  • fine motor (chopping, mixing, setting a table, serving) safety & hopefully not, but sometimes first aid

3. Cooking & eating together also help us to foster a sense of community, strengthen cultural understanding, investigate our own heritage & develop identity through making new traditions.

In the spirit of all these wonderful skills, take some time this weekend to cook something special! Borrow a cookbook online from the library for inspiration, then take pics & share on our Facebook page:)



Alright my friends, happy cooking-eating-sharing & remember the words of Julia Child:

"A party without cake is just a meeting"

Toodleloo, Kangaroos



Today's book was: How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food, by Chris Butterworth. You can read the book again with a real Kentucy farmer, check out some other fun picture books about food. Learn about what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has to say about eating healthy, or just watch the Swedish Chef make popcorn. .


A list of local resources for families facing food insecurity, please visit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.





Thanks to Pexels contributers for providing awesome video clips.


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