Equal Opportunity Cooking and Eating
I learned to cook my first dish—an egg fried in butter—when I was in second or third grade. Decades later, I still remember the satisfaction of that newfound independence. I’d heat the stove, cut a hunk of butter and drop it onto the small frying pan, watch it sizzle and melt, and then crack the egg into the pan. I’d watch it cook up into something warm and tasty, and when it was finished, I’d slide it onto a plate and feed myself. We all need to eat to survive, but food preparation can be difficult for many people for a variety of reasons. Two books (one old, another new) make meal preparation accessible to people with disabilities or developmental challenges and also explore the rewards that come from cooking with others.
Special Day Cooking, A Life Skills Cookbook
By Beverly Worth Palomba (Special Day Publishing, 2013)
This excellent book grew out of Palomba’s long tenure developing and teaching a life-skills curriculum at San Ramon High School for people with developmental challenges making the transition into independent living. It will appeal to people with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, ADD, and other disabilities, as well as young people who simply want to learn to cook on their own.… Read More