Trey, the Chef: A “Not Mad. Motivated.” Book Sharing

Trey, the Chef
Written by Kira Parris-Moore
Illustrations by Federica Fabbian
Newman Springs Publishing 2019

For over a year, I have been collecting children’s books about Autism. Some books have been added to our family library. Other books were donated to my son’s classroom. All of them have been wonderfully unique – similar to the Autistic children that each book represents. I am incredibly excited to share with you all one of the latest books added to our home collection. One of author Kira Parris-Moore’s inspiration for writing Trey, the Chef? Her son’s passion for cooking.

As the Creator of Books2Inspire, LLC., Kira Parris-Moore aims to “increase awareness of various developmental disabilities and mental health disorders” by showcasing children’s books “that recognize resiliency in children and their ability to overcome life’s challenges”. And indeed, Trey, the Chef, the first book featured on, will help inspire many to widen their views about Autism.

Trey, the Chef is a fictional story that depicts the real possibilities for all children who have proper support and motivation. Kira Parris-Moore imagines her son as a renowned chef who uses his creativity and attention to details to communicate to the world. When the story introduces common tasks that are difficult for Trey, Kira Parris-Moore announces that Trey has AUTISM with a visual style that depicts a true celebration for EVERYTHING that he is! Although the story makes mention of them, Trey, the Chef is definitely not defined by his challenges. Kira Parris-Moore sends a clear message about allowing our children to pave their own beautiful path to success while utilizing their strengths versus dwelling on adversity.

Cooking Like Chef Trey

A bonus to owning this book are the included recipes. Both recipes, salmon croquettes and elephant ears, are easy to follow and delicious. We enjoyed the versatility of the salmon croquettes; each of us having them our our own way. I do not eat much fish but I was happy to have these, and look forward to my sons making them regularly! I think our croquettes (pictured below) turned out pretty good for our first try!

Our tasty salmon croquettes!

We had our elephant ears with cinnamon-sugar, and the first few moments of eating were composed of many satisfying mmms. Needless to say, I have some new food items to add to the “keep in-stock” list!

Our delicious elephant ears!

Trey, the Chef is a delightful book that has a place in all children’s lives. It can help inspire Autistic children to express themselves in what ever language works for them. It can also teach other children that being different should be celebrated, and that everyone has special gifts. The benefits of this book goes beyond its cover by connecting people through better understanding and good food.

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5 thoughts on “Trey, the Chef: A “Not Mad. Motivated.” Book Sharing

  1. Well, you got me interested! Will definitely check it out. My little one is only 18 months, but want to introduce her to helping with preparing food and cooking as early as possible. Good habits and such 😉

    1. This book will be great to help inspire her interest in cooking. Seeing a young character excited about being creative with food could help those healthier habits that you want. Also, going up with knowledge about Autism could allow her to be a more compassionate person. Thanks for reading!

  2. Oh wow I’m super excited about a book that’s increasing awareness and acceptance of different communication methods and allowing us to choose our own preferred method of communication.

    I often lose my verbal words when I am highly stressed (sometimes I even lose them altogether in my brain) but for some reason basic signing and gesturing remains even when I’ve lost spoken and written language. Contrary to what we are often told, most people will understand! I’ve managed to order a dairy free iced coffee to take away from a brand new coffee shop using gestures before because when I opened my mouth, the words didn’t come out.

    I love that this book and you are promoting alternative methods of communication <3

    1. Hi! Thank you for your comments. As a parent of a nonverbal child, I appreciate hearing about your experiences with verbal language and navigating successfully even when words are not available. It is in awareness of other’s experiences that allows us increased understanding and compassion. My hope, in sharing books like Trey, the Chef, is to motivate others to look beyond what the surface may reveal. Indeed, there is immeasurable strength in a person that must navigate this world by “unconventional” methods. NMM

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