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Books for Budding Chefs:
10 Great Cookbooks for Kids
by Janssen Bradshaw
In her pre-child life, Janssen was an elementary school librarian. Now she stays home with her four little girls and is constantly maxing out her library card with picture books, cookbooks, and young adult novels. She’s anxiously counting down the days until her girls are old enough to read the Little House on the Prairie books. You can find Janssen over on her blog, Everyday Reading, where she celebrates modern motherhood with a practical twist.
Cooking is a great life skill, and kids can start learning it at a young age.
Plus, most kids love the idea of helping out in the kitchen, creating their own culinary masterpieces, and getting a chance to try out all those fun kitchen tools. (I’m an adult, and I still love getting to cut things, use a fancy kitchen gadget, and pull something delicious out of the oven.)
If you have a budding chef who not only wants to help out in the kitchen, but also wants a cookbook of their own, these eight are definite winners. Some are based on famous works of children’s literature, which makes them even more fun. Bon appétit!
by Annabel Karmel
For even the youngest chefs-in-the-making, helping out in the kitchen is well within reach. With the help of The Toddler Cookbook, they’ll learn important skills like measuring, sifting, and mixing, thanks to toddler-friendly step-by-step photos.
(Ages 2 – 5)
by Annabel Karmel
This family-oriented cookbook teaches kids the fun of cooking and encourages healthy eating habits with an assortment of yummy treats. Including delicious recipes with step-by-step instructions and colorful photographs, both parents and children will become top chefs in no time!
(Ages 4 – 8)
This one will keep you and your sous chef (or is it the other way around?) plenty busy — there are over 150 inviting and exciting recipes to try out. Plan a six-course meal for a special occasion or have a quiet Saturday morning baking muffins. You can’t go wrong!
(Ages 7 – 10
by Joe Archer and Caroline Craig
This awesomely comprehensive cookbook takes kids back to square one by showing them how to grow their own ingredients at home. Whether your family is interested in starting a home garden or you’ve got a green-thumbed kiddo who’s jonesing for more independence, Plant, Cook, Eat! is the deliciously holistic answer.
(Ages 7 – 10)
by Gino Campagna, illustrated by Mike Lowery
Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge brings the life (and laughter) back into the kitchen. Gino challenges kids to be part of the action and get to know their changing taste buds — but most of all, to enjoy themselves!
(Ages 8 – 12)
by Roald Dahl, Felicity Dahl, and Josie Fison, illustrated by Quentin Blake, photographs by Jan Baldwin
If your child is a Roald Dahl fan (and who isn’t?) this recipe book is hilariously perfect, filled with many of the foods that appear in his most famous books. Snozzcumbers, anyone?
(Ages 8 – 12)
by Virginia Ellison, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
You might think that this collection would be filled with recipes for gigantic pots of honey, but this cookbook is packed with more than fifty dishes based on the classic stories and tons of gorgeous, full-color illustrations.
(Ages 8 – 12)
by Esme Washburn, photographed by Calista Washburn
For the tween crowd, don’t miss this delightful collection of 20 healthy and adaptable recipes, created by two budding chefs themselves. The emphasis on adaptability is key: once kids get comfortable with a dish, the fun and empowering experimentation can begin. (With adult supervision, of course!)
(Ages 10 – 14)
by Mardi Michels, foreword by Dorie Greenspan
Who ever said French cooking was too difficult? Mardi Michels is here to guide your Julia Child impersonators in making elegant yet everyday French food, from omelettes to crème brûlée. Ç'est magnifique!
by Carolyn Federman
The best way to get kids interested in trying out new flavors is to invite them into the process. That’s what Carolyn Federman accomplishes in New Favorites for New Cooks, which features 50 enticing recipes that most grownups would be happy to order off a menu. (Savory scones with fresh herb butter? Don’t mind if I do.
Happy Saturday to you! Cooking with your kids can be such a fun adventure. They learn to read recipes, figure out measurements, and perform baking techniques. Best of all they get to eat the fruits of their labour. Cooking and baking is satisfying for every member of the family. These days when travel and movement is so limited now is the time to get into the kitchen and teach your kids some very valuable life lessons... how to cook and bake!
Even toddlers are able to dump ingredients into a bowl, help stir, and decorate those yummy culinary delights. Go ahead. The family that cooks and eats together, stays together! Something magical happens around preparing and eating food. Guaranteed! Be sure to join me next week as I unwrap some more fabulous books for us to share.
Unwrapping A Fun Recipe to Try Together
Dirt Cups With Gummy Worms
Dirt cups with gummy worms make the perfect afternoon dessert for kids. This 4 ingredient dirt cup recipe is made with chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS DIRT CUP RECIPE:
- 1 – 15 oz package of chocolate cookies – I used Oreos
- 1 – 3.9 oz package chocolate instant pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 24 gummy worms
- 9 oz. clear plastic cups or smalls serving bowls
HOW TO MAKE DIRT CUPS:
Place the cookies into a resealable plastic bag, crush with a rolling pin into crumbs – or you can use a food processor.
In a large bowl, whisk together the chocolate pudding mix and milk, stirring for 2 minutes
Sprinkle 1/3 of the cookie crumbs into the bottom of a small serving bowl, add chocolate pudding mixture on top.
Top with remaining crushed Oreo cookies.
Add 2-3 gummy worms on top.
Refrigerate the dirt cups until serving.
Kids just love these. They are perfect for birthday parties or any event really. ( adults love them too - especially gardening addicts - but don't tell them I told you so). Served, they always bring forth sounds of yewwwww and then great bursts of giggles as they are devoured. Easy and theatrical! Lol! Enjoy!
How to Say "Bon Appétit!' in 20 Different Languages
How to kick off your meal in 20 different ways:
بالهنا و الشفاء (bil hana wish shifa’) – Arabic (Egyptian)
食飯 (sihk faahn) – Cantonese
Bon profit! – Catalan
Dobar tek! – Croatian
Smakelijk eten! – Dutch
Hyvää ruokahalua! – Finnish
Bon appétit! – French
Guten appetit! – German
Καλή όρεξη! (kalí óreksi) – Greek
בתיאבון (b’tayavon) – Hebrew
Jó étvágyat! – Hungarian
Buon appetito! – Italian
잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkesseumnida) – Korean
Gero apetito! – Lithuanian
Пријатно јадење (priyatno yadenye) – Macedonian
Сайхан хооллоорой (saihan hoollooroi) – Mongolian
Приятного аппетита! (prijatnovo appetita) – Russian
¡Buen provecho! – Spanish
ขอให้เจริญอาหาร! (kŏr hâi jà-rern aa-hăan!) – Thai
Afiyet olsun! – Turkish
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