Even Melissa Clark is ‘sick of cooking’

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Even New York Times food columnist and cookbook author Melissa Clark is tired of making all her own meals.

The food maven confessed to Page Six that she’s “just sick of cooking in general.”

“I never ever said that before in my life,” she continued. “I love cooking, I cook all day for work, and then I’m always happy to make dinner but for the first time it’s starting to feel oppressive just because we haven’t had a break in so long. What I hope is this book will help enable kids to start helping out a lot more and cooking for their parents.”

Clark’s latest cookbook “Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks: A Cookbook” could not be more timely even though it was written months before the coronavirus pandemic.

She’s hoping that the book, which is filled with family-friendly fare like “Epic Whole Roast Chicken” and “Fresh Custardy French Toast,” will entice kids into the kitchen and give their beleaguered parents a break.

“What I hope is this book will help enable kids to start helping out a lot more and cooking for their parents,” Clark explained. “I think a lot of us underestimate what our kids can do and once your kid is 9 and 10 and you show them the safety ropes, they really can be as much of a help as you need them to be. It’s showing them how to do it and have faith in them. I hope this book will give parents not only the joy of cooking with kids but the help that their kids can offer.”

And even though Clark spends her days devising recipes for the Times, she’s not above substituting popcorn for dinner during the lockdown.

“We have been skipping dinners where we eat popcorn because we can,” she explained with a laugh. “That is definitely a pandemic thing. We are all about watching a movie in the late afternoon, making a giant bowl of popcorn, I put so much butter on it, and then we’re not hungry and we’re like, ‘Eh let’s just have a salad for dinner,’ or we pick and have cereal.”