Near the end of Monday’s class, one of my students remarked that I hadn’t done much. This is true. I discuss things with my students, talk them through the recipe, and usually demonstrate each step, then I hand over the reins and let the students do the actual work. They’re slow and clumsy with tools and techniques that are new, and sometimes I have to restrain myself from taking over. But I think the FoodTV viewers:take-out orders ratio in America proves that watching someone make food and feeling confident enough to actually make it are not the same experience. So, if you’re teaching a child to cook, let the child do at least some of every step.
Cooking with Children, Vol. 3: Don’t do much