Not only did Jack Witherspoon come up with a very tasty and unique cookbook for kids at the ripe old age of 12, he takes his skills on the road to help other kids who are fighting cancer. Diagnosed with leukemia at 2, Jack was unable to spend time with friends because of his weakened immune system. He fought the disease but then it returned when he was 6. Again unable to be among friends, he turned to the cooking channel and found a passion for food. He and his co-authors have come up with delicious and (mostly) healthy recipes that kids will love. A great story on an amazing kid may just inspire your kids to discover their inner chef.
Grade Level: P and up
Inspiration resides in the kitchen for eleven-year-old Jack Witherspoon. And for good reason. When Jack was going through incredibly tough times battling leukemia for the second time he sought solace in the Food Network and decided his dream was to become a chef. Before long, Jack was creating his own recipes, cooking for cancer fundraisers, and even coining his own culinary catchphrase ( Twist it up! ) to characterize his individual spin on comfort food favorites like French toast, pesto pizza, shepherd s pie, meat loaf, cupcakes, and more. Clear, step-by-step instructions and sumptuous photographs will encourage cooks of all ages to whip up delicious recipes and make mouthwatering memories in the kitchen.
About the Author
Jack Witherspoon is a two-time leukemia survivor and the spokesperson for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. He is 10 years old. By age 8, Jack Witherspoon had already battled leukemia twice–he also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Bonnie Hunt Show, and was covered by CNN and the LA Times for the cancer fundraisers he cooked for. Now 10 years old, he is fully recovered and is a spokesperson for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation.
Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef
Jack Witherspoon (Author), Sheri Giblin (Photographer), Lisa Witherspoon (Contributor)
Chronicle Books, November 16, 2011