Huff will discuss new children’s cookbook
Wilton resident Lisa Huff will discuss cooking, recipe development, food photography, and her first published children’s cookbook, Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers, at Wilton Library on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 3:30.
Kid Chef Bakes is a collection of more than 75 recipes with numerous baking tutorials and tips for all ages. Huff said her children inspired her to write the book.
“I have two kids — Jordan, age 13, and Cora, age 11 — who both love to cook and bake, so creating a cookbook for kids seemed like a natural fit,” said Huff.
“There weren’t a lot of cookbooks that were a good fit for their age group. Most cookbooks tend to be either picture-type books for small kids to make smoothies and cut-out shaped food, or cookbooks for adults. I wanted my kids to have something they could use as a reference that was age-appropriate.”
Huff said she “grew up in the kitchen” and was “always cooking and baking.”
“I loved reading through cookbooks and creating new recipes on my own and enjoyed the creativity that went along with it,” she said.
When expecting her first child, Huff said, she was going through a box of her grandmother’s old cookbooks and came across an old entry form for one of the first Pillsbury Bake-Offs.
“It sparked my interest, so I started researching cooking and recipe contests and began entering and creating new recipes for various contests,” she said.
Huff worked in finance and the corporate world before becoming a freelance recipe developer in 2004 and launching her food website and blog, snappygourmet.com, in 2010.
“At first, recipe development and food photography was a hobby,” said Huff, “but it gradually became a business as I was getting requests from brands, PR firms and others.”
Huff’s recipes have won various awards and she has been named a finalist in numerous recipe and cooking contests.
“Some of my most popular recipes were my Cilantro Pesto Beef Crostini [in the] National Beef Cook-Off, Yooper Sausage Burgers with Mustard-Zin Mayo [in] Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger Contest, and Caesar Chicken Salad Squares [in the] Pillsbury Bake-Off,” she said.
During her author talk at Wilton Library, Huff said, she is looking forward to “meeting kids in the area who love cooking and baking.”
“I can’t wait to hear what they’re creating in the kitchen and where they get their inspiration,” she said.