100% of proceeds benefit the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation
Getting kids excited about cooking while using local ingredients is the premise behind a new cookbook called “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef.” The main character, Mika, is the real-life dog of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s executive director Denise Yamaguchi. They both joined executive chef of Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Ronnie Nasuti, on set to share the story behind this book. It features recipes from many of the biggest chefs in Hawaii’s culinary industry and lets kids explore sources of ingredients, teaching them to cook using local foods. Chef Natsui’s featured recipe is Rainbow Waldorf Quinoa Salad. 100% of the proceeds from the cookbook will go back to the programs of the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation.
About “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous”
The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation is excited about the release of their new cookbook that showcases 39 keiki-friendly recipes created by some of Hawaii’s most recognizable chefs. “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef” promotes healthy eating habits while focusing on the importance of buying local here on the island.
Mika, a sweet and smart dog with a top-notch taste in food, takes you on a food adventure as she travels through farms, ranches, and fish auctions. Mika inspires kids to cook locally produced home cooked meals for any time of the day such as a Breakfast Bruschetta by chef Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café for breakfast, a Rainbow Waldorf Quinoa Salad by chef Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill & Bar for lunch, a Kālua Pig Quesadilla with Avocado Cream and Pico de Gallo by chef Russell Siu of 3360 on the Rise for dinner and an Avocado Chocolate Mousse by chef Jasmine Silverstein of Sweet Cane Café for dessert. Families with dogs can also enjoy dog-friendly meals created by Hawaii’s own Roy Yamaguchi such as Plantation Chicken and Okinawan Sweet Potato Stew.
The Executive director of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Denise Yamaguchi, says this cookbook has been 2 years in the making and she is thrilled to finally share the exciting recipes with families in the community. She hopes to educate keiki on where their food comes from while still keeping the kitchen a fun and enjoyable place.
You can order the book online at the HawaiiAgFoundation.org website or it can be found at Hawai’i Roy’s Restaurants, Eating House 1849, Humble Market Kitchin, Goen Dining + Bar, and Diamond Head Market & Grill for $19.99 plus tax. You can also find the book at any Barnes & Noble on O’ahu and Maui. All proceeds from the cookbook will go back to the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation programs.