Everyday Kitchen for Kids
Jennifer Low is an expert at cooking with kids, making recipes that leave out sharp knives, stove-top cooking, and motorized appliances. The recipes themselves are great for everyday cooking and family meals - not just simple kiddie creations. These dishes are perfect to get your kids into the kitchen to help out with dinner and there's a hefty baking section with many recipes that are bound to become family favourites. Softcover, 216 pp. $29.95.
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds
Create colorful and vibrant vegetable and flower gardens with your whole family! Jeff Hutton teaches your kids how to grow their own healthy food and beautiful flowers. He guides grown-ups and children in starting seeds indoors, creating a garden, and harvesting bounty as well as how to compost and mulch. This book is filled with ideas and activities, you and your children are sure to have a blast getting dirt under your fingernails and eating fresh-grown produce! Softcover, 136 pp. $17.95.
Little Aliens Cookbook
For children who combine an interest in cooking with an interest in alien life forms, Little Aliens Cookbook serves up playful but tasty dishes such as south of Roswell quesadillas, reentry rockets(sponge cake cylinders with strawberries and whipped cream, and purple people eater featuring boysenberrys and whipped cream. Amusing illustrations. Coil-bound, 64 pp. $16.99.
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies
Raising monarch butterflies from eggs is a project that will equally engage children and their parents. With the help of this vividly illustrated book, the whole family will be able to observe the life of the butterfly from egg to adult while learning about its place in the eco-system. Softcover, 48 pp. $8.95.
French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too)
These "French" food rules are simply an attractively presented package reminding North Americans of the rules of eating that they have forgotten in the past couple of generations.. A few of those rules: Eat when hungry not when sad; Eat family meals together; No snacking...There are a few recipes but this book is focussed on establishing a routine around eating. Softcover, 305 pp. $22.99.
Kids in the Wild Garden
This book is a great aid for parents trying to distill a lifetime love of nature in their childen. Featuring projects to engage family members of all ages, this book teaches the methods, tools, and vocubulary one needs to engage with the natural world. Colour photos. Softcover, 96 pp. $15.95.
Kids in the Garden
Forget "hiding" vegetables so that your children will eat them. Enlist their help in growing them and they will be eager to taste test their harvest. This book features common, easy-to-grow crops such as salad greens, peas, herbs, and carrots. At the same time, children will learn about the science of nature. Best of all, there are recipes which capture the best of the produce. Softcover, 96 pp. $15.95.
Kabobs for Kids
For breakfast to dinner, these colourful meals on a stick incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables which make these treats not only fun to eat but healthy, too. Even better, kids and parents can work together to create these colorful goodies. Coil-bound, 63 pp. $16.99.
201 Organic Baby Purees
Tamika L. Gardner
From Tamika L. Gardner, founder of the blog SimplyBabyFoodRecipes.net (a blog that provides recipes and resources for parents who wish to make healthy purees for their babies), comes a compact recipe book and resource for providing organic, fresh purees and more for babies from six months to toddler. Month-by-month menus are provided, and each recipe specifies whether it is basic (requiring a single ingredient), freezer-friendly, containing a superfood (e.g. blueberries), instant (no-cook), and/or for both parents and baby. Softcover, 228 pp. $17.99.
Capitalize on the curiousity and energy of adolescents with this book from Matthew Locricchio. Recipes are simple, tasty and rooted in childhood classics like Tomato Soup and Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. Text and anecdotes maintain enthusiasm in youth and adults alike as beginner and advanced cooks can find solace in the comforting flavors. Hardcover, 207 pp. $26.95.
Dora & Diego Let's Cook
Join Dora and Diego on an exploration with delicious results. Recipes are tailored towards children, and a handy guide in the book helps to delegate age-approriate tasks. Recipes include Spanish and English vocabulary courtesy of the Dora and Diego experience. Coil-bound, 128 pp. $19.95.
You Can Cook
A colourful foray into the world of food and cooking for young children. Clear font and step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful photographs for each step, make this book both visually appealing and easy to follow for the budding young chef in your kitchen. An overview of kitchen equipment and a thorough section on technique (including ingredient preparation, flavoring, baking techniques, and cooking methods) provide the necessary information for recipe preparation while still leaving room for creativity in the kitchen. Hardcover, 128 pp. $22.99.
Fully adapted for Canada, Starting Solids guides parents confidently through the weaning process (from breast- or bottle-milk to solid foods), with an introductory section covering such important topics as creating a healthy diet, allergy concerns, and portion size. Breaking down weaning into three stages, divided roughly by age (stage 1: around 6 months, stage 2: 6 to 9 months, and stage 3: 10 to 12 months), Karmel provides detailed menu planners, with accompanying recipes, and suggests which new foods to introduce and which to avoid at each stage. Hardcover, 128 pp. $18.00.
The Ultimate Student Cookbook
From chef and caterer Tiffany Goodall comes this excellent book for those just beginning to cook for themselves for the first time. Recipes here are practical; breakfasts and lunches, weekend cooking, and healthy food are all included, as well as the usual main meal sections. Each recipe is detailed step by step in colour photos, a great help to a first timer in the kitchen, and ingredients are the types to be available any grocery store. Although it's perfect for a college student, the recipes here are broad enough to appeal to anyone learning to cook, of any age. Softcover, 160 pp. $14.95.
The Gastrokid Cookbook
Hugh Garvey & Matthew Yeomans
Subtitled "feeding a foodie family in a fast-food world", Hugh Garvey and Matthew Yeomans, creators of gastrokid.com, here offer a range of recipes to tempt children into eating real, sophisticated food. Rather than offering ways to hide vegetables or trick children into eating certain foods, Garvey and Yeomans write that every child is born a 'gastrokid' and is willing to eat any type of food - if parents encourage them from the beginning to do so. Simple and unfussy, with lots of colour pictures, this should appeal to foodie parents, and hopefully their offspring. Hardcover. 160 pp. $27.95.
Ready, Steady, Bake
Lucy Broadhurst continues in the ever popular Ready, Steady series with Ready, Steady, Bake, full of sweet treats for children to make, either alone or with the assistance of an adult. Recipes are simple and child friendly; lemon cake with a crunchy topping, almond, berry, and yoghurt muffins, marble cake, and coconut jam slices. Colour photos throughout. Softcover, 191 pp. $24.95.
Ready, Steady, Lunchbox
Those in charge of packing a lunch for school or work every day will often find themselves out of inspiration, as the third cheese sandwich of the week is wrapped in foil. Ready, Steady, Lunchbox, part of the popular Ready, Steady series is full of ideas for lunches on the go - from savoury muffins and sandwich fillings, to salads, fritters, and frittatas. And what would a packed lunch be without a treat? A coconut cookie or slice of chocolate banana bread should fit the bill nicely. Colour photos. Softcover, 191 pp. $24.95.
Ready, Steady, Spaghetti
Part of the hugely popular "Ready, Steady" series, Ready, Steady, Spaghetti is full of recipes to cook both with and for children. Dishes like spaghetti with chicken meatballs and vegetarian chilli make up the first half of the book, and should keep parents in suppertime inspiration, while the second half is devoted to baking and party food. Kids will love getting stuck in making jam drops, brownies and other treats. Colour photos. Softcover, 192 pp. $24.95.
The Silver Spoon for Children
The Silver Spoon is one of the most popular Italian cookbooks of the past 50 years in Italy, and has been equally well loved in its English translation. Now comes the Silver Spoon for Children, featuring recips from the original book broken down and paired with illustrations to make them more child friendly. There are family favourites such as rigatoni with meatballs, and more unusual twists on classics, such as baked macaroni parmesan. The real feat of this book though lies in its providing recipes for children to cook and eat that are 'adult' food, so although they're presented in a fun and colourful way, the recipes themselves don't pander to the notion that there is specific 'child' food. Each recipe comes with a photo as well as illustrated instructions. Hardcover, 100 pp. $24.95.
Easy Food for Kids
Taking in everything from breakfast and brunch, lunches and snacks, entrees and teatime baking and desserts this handy book has lots of recipes and ideas for both cooking with, and for, kids. There are lots of lunchbox ideas, and while most children would be more than happy to dig into a plate of chocolate brownie cupcakes, recipes like charred vegetable pizza or goan shrimp curry could help to cure some picky eaters. Colour photographs with every recipe. Hardcover, 240 pp. $24.95.
Sam Stern’s Get Cooking
Teenager Sam (Sam Stern’s Real Food, Real Fast, and Sam Stern’s Cooking up a Storm, each $18.50) is back with his best buds in a continued effort to get his contemporaries into the kitchen. The friends offer up their fav ingredients and Sam shows what to do with them. Cheese and potato pizza, garlic bread crumb linguine, butternut squash and ginger soup, and lemon dessert are just a few of the results. Enticing colour photos. Softcover, 144 pp. $20.00.
This is beautifully illustrated book contains 121 child-tested recipes that are sure to please. This is a wonderful book for parents to share with their children, as they begin to learn the ins-and-outs of the kitchen. Many of the simple recipes are deliciously nostalgic (Lemon Fizz, Creamy Tomato Soup, Rainy Day Rice Pudding) and are guaranteed to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Hardcover, 144 pp. $21.95.
Betty Crocker Kitchens
A colourful and engaging introduction to cooking, this book is a good place to start when children begin showing an interest in the kitchen. Starting with information on basic cooking tools and techniques, the chapters are divided by meals (including sections on desserts, snacks and side dishes). The book includes over 60 simple recipes from essential basics, such as scrambled eggs, to more adventurous favourites like Lazy-Day Lasagna. Hardcover, 160 pp. $21.95.
Mom and Me Cookbook
Annabel Karmel is one of the leading experts in children’s nutrition and food issues in the UK. Her recipes are clearly illustrated and easy to follow. This book is aimed for the littlest of foodies, who with mom and dad’s assistance will start learning about basic food combinations and flavours. Many of the recipes require some prep work from the adult sous-chefs, but more challenging adventures (pizza dough, crepes) await those who master the basics. A lovely way to engage your children in the kitchen. Hardcover, 48 pp. $12.99.
Its time to head to the swamp and join Shrek and his fairy tale friends in their fantasy kitchens! These recipes are easy as Snow White’s Non-poisoned Apple Pie! And they are all courtesy of your favourite Shrek characters. A great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, expect satisfied “yums!” from the whole family with Pinocchio’s Pasta Bake, Gingybread Men and Three Blind Mice Melts. Hardcover, 80 pp. $21.99.
Simply in Season Children's Cookbook
A World Community Cookbook (More-with-Less, Extending the Table), this junior version shares the title of the original Simply in Season, which focuses on eating fresh, seasonal and local foods. The book is divided by season, and acts as a wonderful primer for children (and their adults) on what to eat at different points in the year. The book also greatly encourages beginner gardeners, revealing the satisfaction one gets from following your food from seed to table. Hardcover, $24.99.
Sam Stern's Real Food Real Fast
The perfect book for teen foodies who love to entertain their 'mates'. With
a real emphasis on healthy and quick meals, British teen Stern's book is divided
into sections for when you've got 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes to prepare something
special. The book contains lots of playful banter from the young cooking sensation,
as well as plenty of shots with him and his pals eating well together and enjoying
food. The recipes are clear, and very accessible to those just getting started.
Softcover, 128 pp. $18.50.
The Six O’clock in the Morning, Worth Getting Up For, Only Seven Minutes, Kids of all Ages, Fun Breakfasts Cookbook
The title might be more than most people can handle at the crack of dawn, but the recipes in this little book are delicious and fast, as promised. Eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, and other breakfast dishes somehow become more enticing when accompanied by line drawings and colourful paintings of dancing eggs and toast slices. Plenty of tips and easy preparation makes for dishes that children can make with some supervision. Colour paintings. Softcover, 79 pp. $16.95.
Pirate Cook Book
Text by Mary Ling
Here is a book that will capture the imagination of the very young
chef. “Pirate Pete” offers some rules of the kitchen (#1: an adult must be with you.), techniques (chopping, grating…)
and an introduction to basic equipment such as wooden spoons and whisks.
Potato boats, fruit and veggie kebabs, and dips are among the treats that
little hands can easily master. Heavily illustrated with colour photos.
Softcover, 21 pp. $8.99.
Whining & Dining
Emma Waverman & Eshun Mott
Subtitled Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and the Families Who Love Them, this is a book that could help the embattled family bring calm to the dinner table. Recipe tester Eshun Mott and food writer Emma Waverman, both veteran moms, combine strategies for helping picky diners eat healthfully with recipes the whole family will enjoy pad thai, farfalle with bacon and broccoli, even rice pudding. The accompanying tales from the trenches their own, their friends’, and families’offer the assurance that you are not alone when it comes to dealing with a child who will not eat. Charming child-centric photos. Softcover, 217 pp. $29.95.
Feed A Young Mind
This excellent fundraiser for Canadian Feed the Children will feed your children's stomachs and their minds. Jennifer Low, author of Kitchen For Kids ($24.95), provides yummy new recipes that don't need sharp knives or the stovetop, while CFTC provides snapshots of the lives of kids in developing countries and how the charity supports them. Colour photos. Softcover, 48 pp. $12.95.
Pink Princess Cookbook
This very pretty book, full of sweet treats perfect for birthdays or tea-time, is for kids 6 and up, although it is best suited for girls. The emphasis here is on decorating, with several of the recipes calling for packaged mixes (all the better for those stressful party occasions), but what lovely decorating it is. Candy-Coated 'Dragonflies', made out of pretzels, 'ladybugs' constructed with strawberries and red grapes, and Enchanted Unicorn Horns (ice cream in candy-coated cones) will have your little one oohing and ahhing. Colour photos. Coil bound, 63 pp. $18.95.
Children's Party Cakes & Cookies
Edited by Martha Day
There are simple instructions for theme cakes to fulfill almost any child’s fantasy: treasure chest, lion, train, spider, fairy castle… There is also a selection of muffins, rolls, and cookies that will appeal to both children and adults. Colour photos. Softcover, 96 pp. $18.99.
Blender Baby Food
Homemade baby food recipes and tips for those 6 months and older. Organized by age each puree includes a nutritional breakdown complete with the amount of fiber and protein. No photographs but useful tips and hints. Softcover, 189 pp. $19.95.
Baking with Kids by Linda Collister $24.95
Cooking with Kids by Linda Collister $22.95
Both these books are geared to the 6-11 year old, although all the food is delicious for the whole family to enjoy.
Gross-Out Cakes: Kitty Litter Cake and other classics
Tarantula Trifle, Slime Mousse, Googly Eyeball, Revolting Rat Cake..........and so much more. All come with their very own colour photos! If this doesn't bring about bonding in the kitchen we don't know what will. $17.95
A convenient ring bound book with lots of colour to accompany the recipes. Interspersed with lots of techniques, usually with photos, for the budding young chef to learn. $29.95
Party Cakes for Kids
Attention all you mothers who have shed tears over your child's birthday cake. With easy instructions and templates for cakes ranging from a ladybug to the entire Simpson family, this book will keep you in kid-pleasing cakes from ages one to 10. $19.95.
Eat it Up!
Yummy recipes, fun to make treats, and great homemade gift ideas make this a good choice for kids starting out in the kitchen. From the trusty folks at Chickadee magazine the book has easy, step-by-step instructions with line drawings so kids can see what to do, and many of the dishes are healthy too. Colour photos. Binder, 88 pp. $19.95.
Super Juice for Kids
Michael Van Straten
Having trouble getting your little ones to eat their fill of nutrients and vitamins every day? Stumped on how to give them an energy boost without resorting to sugary, fattening snacks? This book is your answer. Filled with child-friendly juices (not too many greens or otherwise strong flavours) that they can help make and natural remedies to boost immunity or settle a stomach this is a good choice for all the yummy mummies and hip dads out there. Colour photos. Softcover, 128 pp. $19.95.
Tana Ramsay's Family Kitchen
The wife of celebrity, chef Gordon Ramsay, fortunately Tana has firm control of the home kitchen. With four young children this is a book geared for the adult to involve children in the kitchen process. Down to earth recipes the whole family will enjoy, also a cooking in advance section. $48.95.
Nancy Drew Cookbook
The author claims Nancy’s top kitchen rules are to follow the instructions and then to add a little secret touch of your own. Whom is she trying to kid? Any Nancy fan knows that all domestic tasks in the Drew household were executed by trusty housekeeper Hannah Gruen. Therefore, Nancy’s number one rule should be simple: hire good household help. As a slice of nostalgia, this is a book mom will surely covet. $13.99.
Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book
With a story by P.L. Travers
Who can resist Mary Poppins and doesn't every parent wish they had a Mary in the house? A delightful, whimsical cook book and story with practical advice from Mary Poppins. All your favourite characters from Cherry-Tree Lane are here. This is an irresistible redesign of the classic book which now has full colour and tasty recipes. $17.95.
Kids Cook 1-2-3
Rozanne Gold continues with her 3-ingredient recipes in this new volume
for kids. As the title implies all the recipes use just three ingredients.
Filled with easy and kid-friendly dishes this is a great book for
the young chef, and, unlike many children's cookbooks this one emphasizes
'real' food, as opposed to sweets. 144 pp. $21.95.
Getting kids to experiment with new flavours and textures early is
the base for successful family meal times. Food Adventures introduces
global flavors in kid friendly doses, clever serving tips and recipes
from first solids through to school lunch snacks. Softcover, 160
Easy and delicious recipes for parents and kids to make and enjoy together.
Prepare one meal for the whole family for breakfast, picnics, lunches,
parties, dinner time and more. Hardcover, 132 pp. $35.00.
Stern’s Cooking Up a Storm
Billed the next Jamie Oliver though still a teenager, Sam Stern
shares his inspiration’s
enthusiasm for simple, fresh food. With its bright design and recipes for smoothies,
pasta, soups, salads and more, this is a book that may just lure other teenagers
from the computer into the kitchen. Colour photos. Paper, 128 pp, $23.99.
Lynn Roblin and Bev Callaghan
Like the previous edition of this book, the authors put the Canada food guide
to work to keep your family at its healthy best. Their organizational skills
will help you take the stress out of weeknight meal preparation. Greater emphasis
this time on fighting childhood obesity while still presenting dishes your kids
might want to eat -- grilled lemon chicken on a bun, bean burritos, pizza , even
brownie bites. Fast info. via charts. Softcover, 237 pp, $29.95.
Kitchen for Kids
It may be aimed at children but the aesthetics of the new book from Canadian
House and Home
s food editor will appeal to adults as well. Though heavy on sweets, there
are some savoury recipes as well. Donna Hay-like colour photos. Paper, 176 pp,
Kids, preschool to teens, get cooking with Rachael Ray's geared-to-age
colour coded sections featuring dishes from crunchy oven-baked
chicken toes, green noodles & ham, to rocky road hot-and-cold cocoa.
Colour illustrations. Hardcover, 224 pp, $21.95.
Bobo's Good Food Cookbook
Robert W. Surles
Former French Culinary Institute master, turned private school chef, Robert Surles
will have kids cooking and loving vegetables with his combination of bold flavours
and detailed instructions. Recipes include universally loved macaroni and cheese
along with harder sells like braised Brussels sprouts with shallots and marinated
sesame tofu on ciabatta. Most of the desserts feature fruit. Colour photos. Hardcover,
224 pp, $36.95.
Betty Crocker's Cook Book For Boys
Edited by The Betty Crocker Test Kitchen
A reprint of the endearing 1957 classic cookbook for children. We've
thankfully developed better food styling and photography in 46 years:
very kitschy. Hardcover, 192 pp. $19.99.
Joachim Splichal & Christine Splichal
You eat well, why can't your child? Gourmet food for the under-2 set, with
colour photos. Hardcover, 160 pp., $34.95.
Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook
Judi Gillies and Jennifer Glossop
A great resource for both parents and children who are (or are thinking
about becoming) vegetarian. The recipes are easy to follow and multicultural.
Includes basic cooking terms, helpful hints, safety tips and menu ideas for
the aspiring vegetarian chef. Very cool. $16.95. Recipe: Peach
Kids Can Press Jumbo Cookbook
Judi Gillies & Jennifer Glossop
A cookbook kids can and will use. Lots of easy to make recipes from around the world
and meatless dishes too. Takes the novice from boiling an egg to planning a dinner
menu and makes it fun. $16.95.
Made and Daddy Too
Martha & David Kimmel
Along with a wealth of wholesome and great tasting recipes, this
book is a complete hands on nutrition reference guide from birth
to 3 years. And your kids may actually
eat this food because it looks and tastes so good. Softcover, $26.00.
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