Winner 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - Food-related Children's Book (2nd Place)

Marco the Little Chef

Now Available

Marco the Little Chef will take you and your kids on an adventure to find the ingredients needed to make a delicious homemade macaroni and cheese meal for the whole family. Throughout their journey, Marco and his dog, Pepperoni, travel to China and Italy to learn about different types of noodles and pasta. In Italy, Marco and Pepperoni learn how pasta was originally made and how the process has changed over time. They continue their journey through Italy to France to learn about different types of cheeses, such as mozzarella and brie. They finally stop in England, where they learn how cheddar cheese is made.

When the reading is done, the cooking lesson can begin with a complete recipe for making homemade macaroni and cheese with your own little chef. The best part is that the story ends with a full and happy tummy for all.

“Educational read for curious children…Joy Papini manages to pack a surprising amount of easily digestible (hah, pun intended) information about geography, food-making, and cooking into just a few pages through her imaginative concept of the Pasta Express.” – Readers’ Favorite

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Do you have a Techie kid who loves to read?

Marco the Little Chef App is NOW AVAILABLE

Great for kids 2+ with the option to read the book or follow along while the app reads to you. Kids can also enjoy the “Paint Me” feature that allows them to finger paint the pages and create their own custom version of the book. BUY NOW


Ah love Oil & Vinegar's Junior Cooking Competition

On June 28th Ah love will be hosting a Junior Cooking Competition at their Mosaic location from 11 - 5 (2910 District Avenue, Ste 165, Fairfax, VA 22031)

I have the honor of being one of the judges for this kid-friendly competition so bring your little chef to show off their cooking skills and meet me to get a personalized copy of Marco the Little Chef and learn more about Marco’s cooking adventures.

The competition is open to children aged 8-12 and there will be a total of 24 competitors working in pairs. Entries are first come first served.

There will be 4 rounds of competition, each round will have three pairs of children focused on salad, pasta, and dessert.

For more information and entry form: Read More