Food, Glorious Food!

Kids love to get in the kitchen and “help” with the cooking. Whether your child is an aspiring chef or a picky eater, your little one will enjoy these tasty book choices.

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Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni by Marilyn Sadler
Picky eaters everywhere will identify with young Tony, who will eat nothing but macaroni. This charming tale about a limited palette that is expanded, step-by-step, on a tour through noodle-dom is told in singsong verse. The importance of a balanced diet is addressed ever so subtly in this engaging story

Recipe for Adventure: New Orleans! by Giada De Laurentiis
When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what’s in store for them. Zia is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia’s plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you back home. In the fourth book in the series, Zia’s secret ingredient takes Alfie and Emilia to New Orleans. There they meet the members of a kids’ jazz band and are soon helping save the band’s performance venue, as well as tracking down a long-lost cookbook, which just might hold some very special secrets. From beignets and gumbo, to jazz and zydeco, Alfie and Emilia experience everything New Orleans has to offer, all while trying to find their way home.

George and the Dinosaur by Felix Hayes
A hilarious picture book about a little boy whose pet dinosaur has a bigger appetite than he bargained for! George likes digging in his backyard. He finds all sorts of things, including a dinosaur egg! When it hatches, George thinks he has found the perfect pet, until the baby dinosaur starts eating. First, it’s only the contents of the refrigerator. Then, it’s everything in the living room. And THEN, the dinosaur eats George! Will the dinosaur spit George out and learn how to behave?

Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border
For fans of The Day the Crayons Quit, Little Pea, or How Are You Peeling? What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course! And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do. But sometimes friends are hard to come by, especially when Hamburger has to walk his (hot) dogs, Cupcake is too busy building castles in her sprinkle box, and Egg laughs so hard he starts to crack up! Does Peanut Butter have a soulmate? Young readers will know the answer long before Peanut Butter does and laugh along with each mismatched pairing.

The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by Matthew Mead
This cookbook is packed with simple, fun recipes designed to evoke kids’ favorite super heroes and to enhance their super powers. More than fifty easy, tasty recipes inspired by beloved DC characters (including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Wonder Woman–and more!) are fun for kids to prepare and to eat! From the Up, Up and Away Parfait and Green Arrow Fruit Kebobs to Holy Guacamole and the Martian Manhunter Malted, the colorfully presented recipes are perfect for making everyday family meals extra special, as well as for themed parties. Simple, step-by-step instructions are easy to replicate. And kids will enjoy flipping through the fabulous finish photos.

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Make a chef’s hat, cook up something tasty, and share a good book! Check out BBC’s Good Food for great tips on cooking with kids.

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