The Cooking with Kids Cookbook, by Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey, with Gabrielle Gonzales, is the national winner in the “Children” category for the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2016, will now compete in its category alongside winners from other countries for the honor of “Best in the World.”

The results will be announced on May 27-28, 2017 at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China. The awards recognize the best cookbooks, drink books, and food television of the year.

Cooking With Kids

For over 20 years the nonprofit organization Cooking with Kids has educated thousands of children to make healthy eating choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures. Written for families to use together, The Cooking with Kids Cookbook includes Cooking with Kids’ most enthusiastically kid-tested dishes, along with tips for engaging children in the kitchen and in the garden.

Featuring more than 65 recipes—among them South American Llapingachos, Minestrone, and Coconut Rice Balls—the authors dish up tasty, nutritious meals and snacks that teach children how to help plan, prepare, and cook meals.

Walters is the founder of Cooking with Kids. Prior to her work in schools, she was a restaurateur in Santa Fe. Stacey, a graduate of the New York Restaurant School, is the program director at Cooking with Kids. Gonzales is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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