Essential Cookbooks for Kids

Note: 3/23/09 — Welcome parents and educators. Hope you enjoy this. The Essential Gardening Books for Kids, which is a far more descriptive post, is now available, too

Don’t forget to check the freebie category at the right for free seed offers.

–Neighbor Nancy

Back to our regularly scheduled post:

I have been cooking for as long as I can remember. My first “job” as my mom’s assistant chef was performed while standing on a sturdy, barn red chair at the side of the chopping block.

As a bibliophile, I feel the need to own a gazillion cookbooks.

Here are my favorites for the young cook:

Better Homes and Gardens: Junior Cook Book for the Hostess & Host of Tomorrow— reprint of the 1955 original– also, a good gift for the older chef that may have used it as a kid

Easy Bake Party Planner — Easy Bake oven recipes

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Children’s Cookbook

The Spatulatta Cookbook — look for it in the scholastic book papers sent home from school

Rookie Cookie Cookbook

Just for Kids

Usborne Farmyard Tales Children’s Cookbook

Alpha-Bakery: Children’s Cookbook & The Rainbow Bakery: A Color-Full Adventure Children’s Cookbook — send for these two in the mail. Look for the form on Gold Metal Flour.

Curriculum based cookbooks:

Book Cooks: Literature-based Classroom Cooking — for K-3rd grades. I believe there is another one for older students, also. Hm… not sure. You’ll have to dig.

The Little House Cookbook — the cooking adventure inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series. A personal favorite … I have worn through two copies growing up.

The Pooh Cook Book –the cooking adventure inspired by A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh”

Perhaps, another time I will give a more in depth review of each in turn.

Why should kid cook?

Getting-by Together: Little Kitchen Helpers

What can they do?

Find out with Coach Trish’s Blog article “Kids in the Kitchen

Have fun!

Dig in with Essential Gardening Books for Kids

Do you have a favorite childhood cookbook?


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  3. Absolutely! Jamberry has one of the best read aloud rhythms out there. Of course, it leads to berry picking and jam making adventures. Don’t forget to read the author’s note aloud to your little ones, too..
    (Neighbor Nancy passes Patti a pint jar of strawberry-!rhubarb jam for outstanding input.)

  4. I’d offer Salad People and Honest Pretzels in addition to Pretend Soup, all by Mollie Katzen.

    And let’s not forget those books that maybe aren’t cookbooks but lend themselves to cooking, like Stone Soup and Jamberry. We love to cook in preschool!

  5. Best of all… the actual A. A. Milne version not the Disney version.
    Thanks for dropping by.
    May I offer you some toast and honey?

  6. How great is this! I can’t wait to find that Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook. So fun.

  7. Thank you for sharing that one. I’ve read it, but don’t own it.
    Here. Have a warm Lemon Spritz cookie as a token of our gratitude.

  8. For our son we bought “There’s a chef in my family” by Emeril. He loves it!

    Be blessed!

  9. I am so glad you stopped by.
    (Neighbor Nancy pushes a plate of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” “Dog Bones” over to you and takes one for herself, of course)
    “The peanut” is such a help in the kitchen. His current favorite activity is to roll the bread and score the top. Because of his kitchen adventures, he has been able to add and subtract fractions since preschool. Plus, there is always room for one more in the kitchen.
    Take a “Dog Bone” for the road.

  10. Thanks for the great book list!
    I’ll be looking some of these up. It is always fun to include kids in the kitchen, and a few more ideas on how to do it are welcome!
    I found your site through Renae’s “Carnival of Homeschooling”. Thanks again!

  11. Thanks for the contribution. You know that’s the first thing I’ll be digging up on library day.

    Isn’t it funny how some books just stick with you as treasures?

  12. Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes was well used in my house when I was little. It is best for 3-6 year olds.

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