Books by Theme
Mixing and measuring, blending and baking — cooking with kids can be fun! Invite children into the kitchen with stories about food and recipes to prepare. This collection of recommended books for children ages 0-9 represents a mouth-watering combination of culture, humor, and kitchen chaos. Bon appétit!
Max and Ruby prepare for Grandma’s birthday as they bake a cake and look for the perfect present in these companion books. The distinct personality of each bunny sibling comes through loud and clear in these humorous stories that introduce important concepts.
The Little Red Hen’s grandson, a fine rooster, finds her cookbook and decides to cook up a special treat with the help of some unusual farm animals including a pot-bellied pig and an iguana. Lively language and funny illustrations show how everyone enjoys the fruits of their labor. Their strawberry shortcake recipe is included, so readers can try it, too!
Dim Sum for Everyone
A Chinese family goes out for dim sum ("little dishes"), choosing their favorites off the restaurant cart and sharing with each other. The illustrations evoke the textures and patterns in this traditional meal, and an endnote provides background on the cultural history and customs surrounding dim sum.
Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone
The renowned chef and television host demonstrates his characteristic verve in this presentation of recipes and cooking information for kids. With attention to safety and nutrition, Emeril shows that cooking can be a family affair!
Kids' Multicultural Cookbook: Food and Fun Around the World
Take a culinary tour around the world, with foods and activities from a variety of countries and cultures. Each recipe is ranked for difficulty, and is sometimes a familiar dish with an exotic name!
Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick
Sheila Rae taunts Louise with her peppermint stick, not wanting to share it, and uses her experience to trick her sibling. Louise eventually gets some of the candy, and Sheila Rae gets her comeuppance in a very satisfying ending. Children of all ages will see themselves in these characters, first introduced in Sheila Rae, the Brave (Greenwillow, 1987).
Sometimes It's Turkeys, Sometimes It's Feathers
A turkey hatches from a found egg, creating great anticipation by an old woman and her cat. They look forward to a yummy Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey! The happy ending is as humorous as it is tasty; the friends all gratefully share their vegetarian meal together.
A traditional tale has set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast. Radiant illustrations successfully recast the tale.
The Jumbo Cookbook
From soup to desserts, this book introduces the reader to a wide variety of recipes. There is something for the novice as well as the skilled cook — and the adventurous as well as the finicky eater! Information on safety and nutrition are included in this appetizing presentation.
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