In my time as a young adult/teen librarian, I've now done my fair share of cooking programs. Although these are some of the most chaotic programs one can do (the cleanup is the worst part), they're so rewarding!
The best things about the cooking programs are that they not only encourage teens to try out new cooking skills, but they also are a great way for them to be introduced to new foods in cultures they may not get introduced to otherwise. Even if at the end of all the hard work, if they don't like the dish, well, they still learned about and tried something new! And at the end of the day that is what it's all about: broadening horizons and taste buds alike.
On that note, I'd like to share some dishes we've made in our teen room at the Green Hills library and give you some cookbook recommendations so that you can recreate them yourself!