And while they wouldn't have all been my classes of choice, they were informative and, as it turns out, practical for my current lifestyle. All the same, for the first few years of my married life, when it came to applying classroom knowledge to daily lunches and dinners, I found the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, I received from some knowing aunt as a wedding gift, invaluable. It seemed very natural then, when my teens asked to add a home-ec element into their schedules, to turn back to Better Homes and Gardens.
I was very happy to find to find just what I was looking for too, in Better Homes and Gardens: Anyone Can Cook...
...not to be mistaken for the fictional cookbook from Disney's Ratatouille.
The recipes are rated by difficulty, and progress nicely from easy to difficult. My oldest girls (who have decided to prepare Monday dinners for the family) had no trouble finding a recipe they wanted to try out - "mashed potato chowder" - the results of which, you can see at the top of the page.
Other than all the teaching portions of the book, the recipes are the what you'd expect from a basic cookbook. There's a nice variety, but nothing too exotic - no ratatouille, for instance. For that, you'd need the Disney approved cookbook for the movie (strangely enough, not titled Anyone Can Cook) which we haven't tried, but which I did notice has gotten very good reviews on Amazon.
Anyway, my teens were just as happy to choose a recipe from a cookbook without rats on the cover, though I think my younger girls might get a kick out of movie-go-along. However, the Better Homes and Gardens' cookbook is straightforward enough for the younger children too (mine are 9 and 10), and in fact I will probably use it with them, as well.
I would have had all the children cooking together to save teaching time, but you know the old saying about too many cooks...