“ A cooking website designed to introduce girls to cooking. „
Cooking for Girls does exactly what it says on the site name, it provides a great resource for parents wanting to encourage their daughters to cook but there is already a bewildering number of cookery books for girls on the market (who'd have thought that so many pages could be devoted just to cupcakes?) so what makes this special? Well, the home page you arrive at is clearly laid out, with a bit about this site, details of what's new, and the latest comments, but it's the menu bar along the top that holds the secret of what makes this site so good.
There is a range of recipes, savoury and sweet that are gradually being added to, but all of these recipes are introduced by a story about Jasmine and her cousin Lucy, two girls who have set up an occasional café in Jasmine's garage. These stories are based in girls' everyday experiences, and encourage girls to see how cooking can be a part of day to day life - an important message in these fast food times.
In addition the stories and recipes are complemented by a cooking skills section, which covers in clear, no nonsense, detail the skills required for the recipes included. This has a double advantage - it means that those already familiar with the skills don't have to wade through basic description for the recipes, and it provides a great reminder and resource for those new to cooking from scratch - whatever their age.
My daughter (aged 11) has bookmarked the site and is always keen to have a go at whatever Jasmine and Lucy are up to next. If you have a son who is keen to cook, or who you would like to encourage, the related Cooking for Boys site follows the same great formula, although it is not yet so developed.
It's a shame that the site has not been recently updated, it would be good to see a wider range of recipes available on there.