The Creative Kitchen cookbook, a collaboration between Art Therapy and Nutrition students, combines healthy, low-cost recipes with arts-based activities to bring families together during this time of crisis.
Beyond the activities, the act of cooking itself is meant to bring families together in the kitchen. With recipes like “Perfectly Purple Overnight Oats” and “Fruit Kabobs,” children can learn about the process of preparing healthy meals and snacks with their parents or guardians. “Cooking together offers valuable interactions with family to accomplish new goals and actively focus on life-affirming activities,” says Berberian. “These recipes present opportunities to strengthen connectedness within the family. Often, engaging in activities that offer predictability gives us a greater sense of control.”
As a bonus, the cookbook also offers tips for using food scraps in creative ways, such as the “Egg shell Mosaic” activity, which prompts children to break up cleaned egg shells, make a mosaic picture, and think about a time when, like the art they’re creating from fragments, people and communities were “joined together.”
The cookbook will benefit the community at large, but it also fostered collaboration among NYU students, who collected recipes and activities. “For the graduate students involved with this project, the challenges of completing fieldwork during a pandemic created a unique opportunity for emerging professionals to learn from those with a healthcare focus quite unlike their own," says Vivienne Felix, Senior Associate Director of Experiential Learning. "Their intellectual curiosity and effective collaboration helped to create a cookbook of tremendous value to the community.”
Creative Kitchen will be distributed to students at all New York City public schools and is also available to the public. To try out the recipes and dive into the activities, explore the Creative Kitchen cookbook.
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Both cooking and baking can be an outlet to express creativity – explore Creative Kitchen for recipes and activities aimed at promoting mindfulness, restoration, and recovery.
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