I’ve lost count
of the number of hours I spent in the garden as a child, making lemon scented
perfume, bitter ‘sourgrass’ shots and rose petal jam. My own children too, have
been encouraged to build, scoop, scrape,
bury and bake in the garden.
absorbing play. No meditation app required!
picture book The Muddy Chef, is a testament to child’s play, gumboots
and the invention of the washing machine.
It’s fun. It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely magnificent.
The Muddy Chef
turns ‘plating up’ on its head to celebrate the ingenuity of kids and the glory
vs gory of mother nature. It takes families step-by-step through the
creation of their own outdoor kitchen complete with safety considerations,
suggesting how and where to gather supplies and what to use if regular
implements are not to hand.
Use a finger to stir. A stick to poke. A watering can for hydration. This book
inspires all possible ways to have the best fun imaginable in your outdoor
Make a cheerful brekkie muffin, an unlickable lasagne, a sandy blossom drip
cake (my personal fave) and a muddycino for afters. All in the comfort of your
own wonderful, messy backyard kitchen.
of the great outdoors and mother nature, through the best possible means –
experimenting and getting your hands dirty. Heartfelt congratulations to Wild
Dog books for this visionary and timely piece, on behalf of small children the
world over and our own mother nature.
Christmas gift. Wrap it up with some repurposed op-shop utensils and a bucket!
Title: The Muddy Chef
Author: Penny Whitehouse
Illustrator: Emma Bear
Publisher: Wild Dog, $24.99
Publication Date: September 2022
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book