Quality Time in the Kitchen

One of our favorite holidays–Thanksgiving–is just a week away, and we are sure that many of you are already planning menus, and perhaps staling bread for stuffing. By the time the big day rolls around next week, we hope that your kitchens, plates, and hearts will be full.

Kitchens and food are both very important to American history, and to our own personal and family histories. How many times have you been at a gathering or a party where, despite the intentions of the host, everyone ends up crowded into the kitchen, even if it’s the smallest space available? We’re comfortable in kitchens, and our mere presence there can evoke memories of our own childhood, even if it’s of being shooed out while the adults prepared a meal.

We know that children can often be underfoot  in the kitchen, standing right where you want to place that hot pan or spilling the flour in a dramatic white cloud. Why not ease their way into the the world of cooking and food with recipes geared specifically towards kids?

Here’s a compendium of some of our favorite cookbooks for kids:

Walk-Around Tacos and other Likeable Lunches Recipes by Nick Fauchald, illustrations by Rick Peterson

Recipes are listed by difficulty level, and have clear prep & cook times at the top of each. Also listed is the nutritional information, and the amount of servings that the recipe will yield.

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook Concocted by Georgeanne Brennan and photographed by Frankie Frankeny

Recipes inspired by Dr. Seuss! Try your hand at creating a number of edibles named for the quirky characters in the works of the beloved children’s author.

Around the World Cookbook by Abigail Johnson Dodge

America is known as the great melting pot, and what better way to celebrate that than to celebrate food inspired from around the world? Fifty recipes come attached with information about the region where they originate, including historical and cultural anecdotes.

The African-American Child’s Heritage Cookbook by Vanessa Roberts Parham

A very straight forward guide for kids, each recipe includes what food and equipment is needed, and a step-by-step instruction for preparation. This is an excellent primer for the beginner soul-food cook.

Kids’ Fun & Healthy Cookbook by Nicola Graimes

Step-by-step instructions with photos demonstrate how each of the more than one hundred recipes come together, including warnings for when to be extra careful and when to ask for help.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes by Roald & Felicity Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake

All your favorite horrible snacks from Road Dahl’s literary career are brought to life–from Mudburgers (James and the Giant Peach) to Snozzcumbers (BFG) to Lickable Wallpaper (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)–how can you NOT want to make each one as you reread each classic? Don’t forget volume two: Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes.

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  1. Pingback: A Delicious Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving « St Louis Public Library Parents

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