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Meet Jerry Pasta
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A Culinary Adventure Awaits

Eleven-year old named Jerry Pasta is the youngest to begin Master Chef training at Pesto’s International School of Culinary Excellence in Italy. Jerry has always been “different”—after a mysterious accident with boiling water left him with pasta for hair, many believed Jerry would become the “saviory chef” of prophecy, the one to save the world from fatty, unhealthy foods. But Jerry doesn’t want that responsibility; he’s got enough on his plate, as cooking serves as both a personal joy and a path towards financial security for his struggling family. Ward Moldy Coeur is a powerful (and dangerous) food critic who is changing the culinary landscape with his growing Italian fast food chain, Fasta Pasta. Moldy Coeur fears the prophecy is true, and an oblivious Jerry stands in the way of Coeur’s path to food domination. Add to this simmering mix the janitor Bones, whose true identity at summer school is either brilliant saucemaker and hero to Jerry, or devious assassin with aims to poison him! Between making friends and enemies from different countries (Manny Cotti, Lefsa Stovon, Susie Sashimi), battling in an outdoor food-fight tournament, and competing for cooking awards, Jerry must decide what type of chef and person he ultimately wants to be—original or ordinary?

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Doctor Bobo makes the healthy choice also the thrilling choice as his book inspires kids through a gripping, recipe-filled story of adventure and intrigue.  The Saucier’s Bones invites the young reader into a culinary world filled with real heroes facing the challenges that young people deal with everyday. Doctor Bobo convinces the reader that there is a food hero in everyone!

– Chef Bill Yosses, former Executive Pastry Chef at The White House

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Learn to Play the Game

In The Saucier’s Bones, Jerry Pasta is Captain of his school’s EFF team, otherwise known as the “Egyptian Food Fight.”  His good friend Louis G. describes EFF as a cross between Capture the Flag+ Dodgeball+Freeze Tag–but with flying food!

You too can learn to play EFF, the hottest new game at Presto Pesto’s International School of Cooking (shhh! the faculty don’t know about it!). Join our mailing list on the right to receive a free four-page PDF download of the rules and try it out.  Enjoy!

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Cooking as a Health Literacy Tool

Cooking is magic.

With the perfect heat, the proper timing, and the right combination of ingredients…shazam! You can pull a gourmet meal out of a pot or oven!

Cooking is part of life.

You eat about three to five times a day. Two or three of those meals or snacks are cooked (by someone). If you’re never doing any of the cooking, how do you really know what you’re putting into your body?

Cooking makes you healthier.

By knowing what goes into your food, you can make healthy choices about what goes in your body, choices on the quality and quantity!

There’s a chef inside every kid (and every adult too!).

Everyone can appreciate a delicious meal, even if they don’t like to cook. But cooking isn’t just for adults—kids can cook too. Certainly, not everyone will become a master chef, but I want kids to know that there is a chef inside all of us and that cooking is the key not only to leading a healthy lifestyle but also to unlocking the magic, fun, and creativity of self-expression.

Cooking is about social engagement.

Even before the discovery of fire, humans have made and shared meals together. The dinner table is where friends meet, laughter abounds, and ideas come to life (maybe our ancestors figured out fire while having cold wooly mammoth sandwiches for the 723rd time).

Cooking is better than school (sort of).

Don’t hurt me teachers. But cooking is an education in math (measures, adding fractions, weights, timing), international studies (foods from around the world), science (boiling points, biological ingredients), reading comprehension (recipe following), and art (crafting a culinary masterpiece). And you get to eat something delicious at the end. Sorry, after school snacks don’t count.

Cooking builds self-esteem.

When a child can cook a meal, he/she can create something where there was nothing. They become a creator, an artist, an inventor, and yes, a chef. The power one feels when you’re able to feed yourself (and potentially others)? Cooking is the greatest health literacy tool, heck, life literacy tool, that a parent/teacher can impart to a child.

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About the Author

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A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Medicine, Kwabena “Bobo” Blankson serves as a medical consultant to positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, with a focus on stress, burnout, and resilience. Doctor Bobo is a Board Certified pediatrician with subspecialty training in Adolescent Medicine. He has over 13 years of military experience, and recently joined the Girls to Women Health and Wellness Clinic in Dallas, TX to launch Young Men’s Health and Wellness. Doctor Bobo has published in peer-reviewed journals on adolescent healthcare utilization, obesity and energy-drink consumption and has been featured on NYTimes.com, HuffingtonPost.com, CNN.com, Time.com, Forbes.com, CBSnews.com, and more. Most recently, he served as a featured expert on Oprah’s Happiness OCourse.

In 2015, Dr. Blankson joined Girls to Women Health and Wellness clinic in Dallas and has launched Young Men’s Health and Wellness.  Dr. Bobo’s work includes teaching doctors-in-training how to talk to tweens about health issues in both a sensitive and culturally relevant way, elements of which are incorporated into The Saucier’s Bonesa novel he wrote for teens that allows him to take off his white coat and address healthy living in a fun and nonjudgmental format. His Ghanaian heritage and Southern upbringing give him an eclectic perspective into the world of cooking. He explains, “As a child I learned to embrace a Third-World mentality of ‘eat what you need, leave nothing on your plate’; but coming of age in Alabama, I observed a growing obesity epidemic attributable to the American trend of ‘eat what you want, have seconds.’” Dr Bobo’s book blends his experiences treating obesity in the pediatric population with his love of African storytelling, young adult literature, and cooking.

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