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Little Chefs Cook Chinese

In addition to being a great cook, my mother taught Spanish and Italian.  I have many fond childhood memories of cooking with takeoutmy mother. I remember making flan, crepes, pasta, pizza and all sorts of different foods. I traveled around the world by way of my kitchen. 

Cooking encouraged a love of languages, and I grew up to be an adventurous eater. I’ve traveled around the world, and I’ve tried all sorts of exotic and delicious foods. 

If your child is a picky eater, try preparing meals together.  If your child feels some ownership over a meal, he’s more likely to eat it.  Start by picking an easy-to-make recipe or by using a children’s cookbook.

I received a review sample of the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook, the newest book in their cookbook series for children ages 3 to 12. The Handstand Kids Cookbook series introduces children to the language and cuisine of other cultures through fun, easy-t0-make recipes. Ingredients and utensils are listed in both English and Mandarin.

The Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook comes packaged in a large takeout box with child-friendly plastic chopsticks. Recipes are rated by difficulty from 1 to 4 chopsticks. A 4 chopstick recipe requires more parental help, but an older child should be able to make a 1 or 2 chopstick recipe with minimal assistance from mom.   

With my help, my young product tester made The Great Wall of Chicken Lettuce Wraps while learning about the Great Wall of China. The food was healthy and delicious, and we had fun in the kitchen.

You can buy the Handstand Kids Italian, Mexican or Chinese Cookbooks online for $28 at or at Amazon.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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    This looks really cute–especially for “language nights” if you are introducing a second language. I may have to get the Mexican one!

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