When I was a kid, reading was a means of escape. We didn’t have television in our house, and the internet was but a glint in Al Gore’s eye (kidding, kidding). All I had was books to take me away on an adventure. But in a day when kids can just grab Mom’s smartphone and visit anywhere in the want to go — virtually anyway — it’s more necessary than ever to get them hooked early on imagining their own way around the world through the stories on the pages.
One of my favorites of late? Food Network chef Giada de Laurentiis’ Recipe for Adventure book series for kids — one part adventure to foreign lands, one part culinary education. Like a gourmet version of the popular Magic Treehouse books, they follow a kid named Alfredo and his sister on foodie adventures around the world, and each comes with recipe cards so the kids can cook up something sweet from their travels.
The first four books are now available in a box set that comes with a chef’s hat and new recipe cards (plus adventures in Paris, Naples, Hong Kong, and New Orleans), and Inside Out has partnered with publisher Penguin to give one box set away!
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