Philadelphia, PA -- Savvy, hungry young adults are becoming more independent at an earlier age. This isn't a fad. Experts estimate that there is a growing trend among the ten million "latch-key" kids in the United States. They must fend for themselves in the kitchen or literally starve until their parent(s) return from work. According to the U.S. Census, one-third of all school age children arrive home after school to an empty unsupervised house for approx. 2 or more hours per day.
"Like me (and contrary to what most adults may believe), children prefer to munch on great delicious foods after school - not just empty snacks that don't really fill you up. Kids want quick, easy, "no-brainer" meals that they can prepare alone." Tiana North, author of the new book Go - Cook Something! continues, "Kids are smarter these days, more capable, more independent then ever before." Taliba Holliday, Tiana's mother and co-author agrees with her ever maturing, forever hungry teenager, "The Donna Reed days are essentially over. With over 71 million women in the workforce and an estimated 12 million single family households, today our kids must have dinner on the table when we get home."
Go - Cook Something! is more than just a cookbook. It's a humorous, honest yet serious survival guide and valuable resource for independent young adults between the ages of 8 and 18 (4th through 12 grades) who are venturing into the once foreign and hazardous territory commonly known as the kitchen. It is uniquely written from a peer's perspective. The book covers shopping logistics, economics and tips, price fluctuation, freezer buffet, safety, what's in a kitchen, spices and seasonings, cooking advice as well as over 65 simple recipes - some handed down through the family tree and some created by young Tiana North herself.
Furthermore, it encourages youth to go beyond just blindly following a standard recipe. It prompts them to think for themselves, plan ahead, to be experimental, to concentrate on "wholesome" foods and to customize recipes to their own particular tastes. "We influence our parents' buying, cooking and eating habits. We even influence what appliances and gadgets come into the home."
Tiana goes on to say, "The better we can feed ourselves, the better we can take care of ourselves as well as (she kids) our aging parents." "While I'm far from being as old as my daughter professes me to be," her energetic mom explains, "our children's culinary independence today will be key to their future success as adults who can make sound, nutritious and healthy decisions in regards to their diets."
Go - Cook Something! can be pre-ordered. The price is $15.95 plus shipping/handling. For more details and to pre-purchase online, visit www.go-cooksomething.com
. It is also available online at Amazon.com. The publication date is August 2010.