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Children’s cookbook and study guide to complement Simply in Season
Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network Joint Release
Scottdale, PA — A children’s cookbook and a six-session adult study guide will be released in late October to complement the alternative cookbook Simply in Season, the latest member of Mennonite Central Committee World Community Cookbook series.
Mark Beach and Julie Kauffman are author and designer of Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook, and Rachel Miller-Moreland is author of Simply in Season Leader’s Study Guide, a six-session leader’s guide for the cookbook.
“Faced as we are with an epidemic of overweight children whose idea of vegetables is often french fries and ketchup, it is time we redeem food from the hands of multinational corporations and cartoon commercials,” said dietitian Mary Beth Lind, co-author of Simply in Season. The new Children’s Cookbook “invites kids to get in touch with real food, to see where it comes from, to take responsibility for preparing it, and to have fun in the process,” she said.
Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook is being released as a color-illustrated 8 x 10 in. hardback with spiral interior. The colorful and “chock-full-of-photos cookbook makes it easy and fun for children to think and cook in season and to center food around the table and give thanks for it,” say the creators.
Simply in Season Leader’s Study Guide is a 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch size (64 pages) book for leaders and based on the cookbook Simply in Season as text. Each of the six sessions offers a Bible verse, materials list, key ideas, opening/sharing time, suggestions for readings from the cookbook, discussion questions, and activities.
The creators of both publications have ties to the Mennonite Central Committee communications department. Mark Beach is director, Julie Kauffman, a designer, and Rachel Miller-Moreland worked on the staff until she recently moved to western Ohio with her young child and husband.
Simply in Season has had a favorable reviews and sales reception with special affirmation from the sustainable, “slow foods” and “local buying” movements. One young family wrote enthusiastically: “Simply in Season is the best cookbook we’ve ever had in our house; every single recipe is out of this world and the theology doesn’t suck either.”
Patricia Weaver of Herald Press marketing noted that Simply in Season cookbook has developed a special affinity among local farmers markets in additional to the international “think globally, eat locally” market of the series.
Both publications will be available in bookstores by late October. The other books in the series are More-with-Less cookbook, and Extending the Table.
Mennonite Publishing Network is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada.
Fact Sheet: Children’s Cookbook
Title of Book: Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook
Summary: Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook will help children make the connection between what they eat, where it comes from, and when it is in season. This colorful and chock-full-of-photos cookbook makes it easy and fun for children to think and cook in season and to center food around the table and give thanks for it.
“An imaginative, active way to invite kids of all ages, but especially
6-to-12-year-olds, to get in touch with real food to see where it comes
from, to take responsibility for preparing it, and to have fun in the
process. Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook promotes whole foods
in a whole life experience—from growing foods to growing kids!”
Commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the service and relief organization of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches of Canada and the United States. The other books in the series are Simply in Season, More-with-Less Cookbook, and Extending the Table.
Audience: Children ages 6 to 12 and their families. Parents and grandparents who are concerned about the next generation eating simply, locally and well, using only their fair share of the earth’s food resources
The Authors: Mark Beach is a journalist, editor and parent, and Julie Kauffman is a graphic designer. Both work with Mennonite Central Committee’s Communications Department and live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Fact Sheet: Leader’s Study Guide
Title of Book: Simply in Season Leader’s Study
Summary: Welcome to a journey toward joy-filled, meaningful eating. This curriculum is designed to help participants connect food and faith, with an emphasis on the value of eating local, seasonal food. Based on themes in Simply in Season cookbook of Mennonite Central Committee’s World Community Cookbook Series, these materials are designed for use by adult or youth Sunday school classes or small groups. The curriculum includes six core sessions and seven optional ones. A unique feature of this material is that the “textbook” is actually the cookbook. This leader’s guide includes a preface, session guides, suggestions for spreading the word about this study, and a list of resources.
For each of the core sessions, this leaders’ guide includes the following components:
Audience: Families, Sunday school teachers, small group conveners
The Author: Rachel Miller-Moreland was a writer in the Communications Department of Mennonite Central Committee, and helped with the cookbook Simply in Season. She currently lives in western Ohio.
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