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?
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
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.