Autism Cookbook

Coach in the Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind cookbook, designed for those who need extra help in the kitchen. Now in its second edition at $34.95

Reaction to the Coach in the Kitchen cookbook

The impeccable analysis of tasks is the basis for the success of the unique cookbook, “Coach in the Kitchen”. The well thought-out, foolproof recipes make this an accessible cookbook for many otherwise “non-cooks”. Procedures usually left unstated in other books are here explained in simple steps and even pictured!

This cookbook’s benefits do not end with the recipes and meals, but much like good food, feed us in many ways, our bodies for sure but also our minds and souls. The scope of this cooking school and its resultant cookbook encompass the social aspects of creating and sharing meals together. The same detailed approach is evident in the process for creating successful interactions as in creating successful meals.

A big thank-you to the Autism/PDD Family Alliance for this ground-breaking cookbook, packed with recipes and ideas so generously shared. For educators, therapists and families, a great resource!

Beverly Bronte-Tinkew, M. H. Sc.,
Speech-Language Pathologist
Hamilton, Ontario
Coach in the Kitchen Cookbook

Coach in the Kitchen Cookbook

This excellent cookbook, “Coach in the Kitchen”, provides explicit, detailed food preparation and cooking instructions for recipes that my son can follow independently. The recipes are delicious and healthy; and using his own cookbook gives my son confidence and encouragement to practice and improve his food preparation skills.

Donna Thomas, parent
Oakville, Ontario

290 pages of task-analysed recipes—recipes broken into small steps, in simple, clear terms—make explicit everything that needs doing.

Illustrations accompany written instructions for certain tasks.

The instructions for all recipes have been written for a wide range of learners. Triple-tested for clarity and flavour by students and their coaches in the cooking school we’ve run since 2002 for teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, these recipes are clear and easy to follow.

Specially developed for those with Aspergers and other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, this cookbook is perfect for anyone learning to cook—whether or not they have special needs.
Young adults who’ve just left home.  Someone living alone for the first time.

We emphasize healthy eating habits. Recipes include standard Nutrition Facts boxes showing nutrients in each serving—calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins and minerals.

We prefer fresh, rather than processed, ingredients in our recipes—fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry, fish, meats, and whole grains.

Every recipe lists all utensils and appliances needed. Major appliances—oven, stovetop, microwave—are listed, too.  You can see at a glance if the utensils and appliances required are ones you want to use.

Ingredients are listed in imperial and metric measure.

Recipes are grouped in 3 sections:

  • Main Dishes
  • Salads, Soups and Side Dishes
  • Baked Goods and Desserts

Each section orders recipes from easier to harder.

What recipes are included in Coach in the Kitchen?
Some Main Dishes are:
Spaghetti with Sausage Tomato Sauce
Oven BBQ’d Chicken
Fusilli, Cheese, Tomato Casserole
Mini Pizzas
Pork Parmigiana
Spanish Rice
Oriental Meatballs
Seasoned Chicken Burgers
Potato, Sausage, Cheese Casserole
Fish with Tortilla Chip Coating
Main Dishes cont:
Baked Stuffed Potatoes
Chicken in Peanut Sauce
Chinese Beef Burgers
Pizza Pockets
Basa with Mozzarella Topping
Crispy Baked Chicken
Scallops Oriental
Rotini with Hummus Sauce
Ground Turkey Meatloaf
….and more
Some Soups, Sides and Salads are:
Caesar Salad Vinaigrette
Broccoli with Parmesan Topping
Ginger Carrots
Asparagus with Molasses-Garlic Sauce
Green Beans Almondine
Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Pumpkin Soup
Arugula and Leaf Lettuce Salad
Broccoli with Toasted Pine Nuts and Cranberries
Asparagus with Caesar Sauce
…and more
Some Baked Goods and Desserts are:
Apple Pear Crumble
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Strawberry Bread Pudding
Poppy-Seed Lemon-Glazed Muffins
Bumbleberry Squares
Honeydew Melon with Cherry Berry Sauce
Molasses Cornmeal Cake
Creamy Fruit Salad
Pumpkin Bread
Cornmeal Raspberry Muffins
…and more

Apple Pear Crumble

Apple Pear Crumble

Nutrition Alert:

Remember: our baked goods and desserts serve a nutritional function. They increase fibre and fruit to your diet effortlessly. We’ve tweaked our baked goods so you can enjoy them without laying on excessive calories and fats. Just compare calories in our muffins to ones in stores. Ours range between 150 and 230 calories per muffin. Store-bought muffins often exceed 400 or 500 calories!

Gluten-free (GF), casein-free (CF), and GFCF recipes are indexed for easy reference.

Coach in the Kitchen includes a 36-page manual and complete toolkit on teaching groups of students with Aspergers and other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder how to cook.

The manual has guidelines on:

  • Effective teaching strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs
  • Specific visual teaching tools to develop cooking and social skills
  • How to quell students’ anxieties
  • Suitable introductory activities
  • Teaching healthy eating habits using documented learning styles of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Facilitating social development at mealtime
  • Teaching conversation skills using The Conversation Menu—a unique tool that originated in our cooking school
Student learning to adjust stove temperature

Student learning to adjust stove temperature

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