Friday, December 21, 2007

Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Cookbook

Are you looking for a great cookbook for your kids? Did you ever watch Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham growing up? This is a great cookbook that takes some of the strangeness from Dr. Seuss and puts it into your kids hands for making great, kid friendly recipes!

Have you ever wondered what green eggs and ham really taste like? They're yummy! And now everyone can whip up a batch for themselves using this fabulous cookbook. Filled with simple, scrumptious, wacky recipes for such foods as Cat in the Hat Pudding and Moose Juice and Schlopp, this unique cookbook will have the whole family hamming it up in the kitchen. Each recipe is accompanied by the original verse that inspired it, and the pages are laminated to protect against getting splatters of Sneetch Salad, Oobleck, and Solla Sollew Stew.

This cookbook is recommended for kids ages 9 - 12, but each child is different, so use your judgement. There are great pictures and recipes in this cookbook that your kids are bound to love making. Making strange and wacky food from a cookbook for kids is great fun for your kids and older kids alike!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cooking with your Kids and Money Management

One of the best ways to teach kids to eat healthy is by using good cookbooks for kids that have great recipes. You can teach your children how to prepare meals and snacks that are healthy and wholesome, not only for your family, but for theirs as well.

But, did you ever stop and think that cooking with your kids is a great way to help teach them money management skills?

When you are going through the cookbook with your kids, take a moment to look at some of the ingredients that the recipes call for. Sometimes children's cookbooks can be a little simplified with ingredients, and that's alright.

When you are preparing to cook with your kids, chances are you will need to pick up a few extra items at the grocery store for your meal. So, here are a couple of thoughts to try and help them understand what choices they have when making purchases in the grocery store.

First, try to establish a budget for your meal or grocery trip. If your kids see that you have a certain amount of money to spend at the grocery, they will understand that food purchases aren't limitless. Consideration must be given to each item, and it needs to be established as a "need" or a "want".

Secondly, show them how the different sizes of items compare in price. Sometimes you can buy a larger can or box of a particular item and it will be cheaper per ounce or quantity. But, if you aren't going to use it all before it expires, then you could waste a lot of it. Great lesson here on "waste not, want not".

Lastly, let your kids pay the cashier. Help them to count out the money so that they can see what it takes to prepare a meal. This will let them see that more goes into each meal than just a few moments in the kitchen.

These are just a few ideas on how to share money management skills with your kids while cooking with them. Cookbooks for kids can be so much more than just recipes!

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Site for Healthy Snacks for Kids

While I was running through some websites last night, I found a newer site that looks interesting for you, my readers. The purpose of Cookbooks for Kids is to provide great cookbook resources and recipes for your children. I feel that if kids are cooking healthy meals and learn how to prepare and cook healthy meals, then they are being prepared for a life of healthy eating.

This site that I found looks promising for providing healthy snack recipes for kids. It looks fairly new, but it has some great ideas on healthy snack suggestions and tips so far.

Stop by Healthy Snacks for Kids and check them out sometime, and I hope you like it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cooking for Kids of All Ages

Did you know that cooking with your kids is recommended by health experts and most cookbooks? Statistics show that the more kids are involved in cooking, the more healthy they will be and the better they will be prepared for healthy cooking throughout their lives.

Here are some age dependent tips on how your children can be involved in cooking healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Ages three to four.

Depending on how your child has developed, they can help by folding a napkin in half and placing it on the table with the silverware. This will also help teach them left and right by placing the knives and spoons on the right, and forks on the left.

Ages five to six.

Children in this age group are usually learning to read and write, so help them out! Show them how to make place holders for the table with your families names on them. They can also help with cleanup at this age. Teach them how to rinse the plates and put them in the dishwasher. You can use this as a method to also teach them about kitchen cleanup and food safety.

Ages seven to 10.

Letting your children help prepare meals is a key task for this age group. By letting them help with stirring batters or ingredients is a fun first lesson.

Also with this age group is another important life lesson of organization and following directions. Help them gather and organize the ingredients for their favorite meal or snack. Then help them follow the directions from a cookbook or the preparation steps necessary to cook the meal.

Ages 11 to 13.

This age group should be able to help set and clean the table by themselves, rinse and put the plates in the dishwasher by themselves.

Some other key tasks for this age group are using a vegetable peeler, a knife for cutting foods and the stove or oven. These are still recommended to be done with adult supervision, but you can use your judgement on your kids development. This is also a key age to really open up their minds to cookbooks and helping teach them healthy eating habits for life.

These cooking tips for kids of all ages are important in developing healthy eating habits for life. They will also teach them other important life skills and prepare them for adulthood. Using cookbooks and cooking tips are just one way to spend time with your children and make learning fun!

Cookbooks for Children with Intestinal Disorders

While reading today, I found a great article talking about Cookbooks for people with sensitive stomachs, primarily people with gastrointestinal reflux, irritable bowl syndrome and lactose intolerance. Here is an excerpt of the article and links to follow it.

Too much soup and too little taste almost got the best of the McGlynn sisters of Belleville, until the trio decided to do something about it. They put together their very own cookbook for people with sensitive stomachs.

In this case, as in thousands of others, necessity was the mother of invention.

About six years ago, Mary Claire McGlynn was diagnosed with gastrointestinal reflux, irritable bowl syndrome and lactose intolerance."When she was first diagnosed, there weren't a lot of things that she could eat and most of the things that she could were really bland," said Kathleen McGlynn, Mary Claire's 17-year-old sister. "For the first year, we ate soup every day. It got to the point where we were so sick of soup that we'd rather skip meals than have soup again.

"Then we decided that we'd try to branch off. At first, we started working on making new types of soup. From there we were able to figure out by trial and error what she could and couldn't eat - that varies from person to person. We ended up coming up with a bunch of recipes that she could eat.

"The next time she saw the doctor she told him that we'd come up with a bunch of new recipes that actually tasted good and that she was getting better. From there it kind of morphed into our cookbook project. The doctor was actually the one who suggested it."

"If you took one recipe - for example a pizza recipe with everything on it - Mary Claire couldn't have the tomatoes, she couldn't have the cheese, she couldn't have the mushrooms, she couldn't have a lot of the meat, she couldn't have the oil or she couldn't have the spices. And those are things that are basic ingredients in a lot of recipes."

So far, Kathleen, Mary Claire and Madelyn McGlynn have come up with about 150 recipes that cater to people with sensitive stomachs. Fifty of those have been included in the girls' cookbook, "Yummies for Sensitive Tummies."

You can read more of the article from the St. Clair Journal or visit the site for more information about Yummies for Sensitive Tummies.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cooking for Kids Website Review

I was browsing around looking for more great cookbooks for kids to bring to you when I found a great cooking for kids recipe site.

The site is called Spatulatta and it has TONS of great information for your kids that are learning to cook!

They have over 200 video recipes, healthy cooking recipes and tips, vegetarian and vegan recipes and lots more. The really neat part is that the videos are hosted by 11 year old Isabella and 9 year old Olivia.

So, head on over to Spatulatta and check out their Cooking for kids site.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Recipes for Kids to Make: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Are you looking for a free recipe that is an easy recipe for kids to make? This is an easy and quick kids recipe that is sure to be a hit with your PB & J lovers! Some recipes for kids can be complicated, and quite a few are food recipes that are not their favorites.

Here is the Peanut butter and Jelly Muffins recipe, hope you and your kids enjoy it!

Kitchen utensils needed to complete this child cooking activity:

* Mixing bowls in small, medium and large sizes
* One to two spatulas or large spoons
* Measuring spoons
* Dry-ingredient measuring cups
* Liquid measuring cups
* Muffin pans

Ingredients needed are:

* 2 cups flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup milk
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoon melted butter
* 1/3 cup jam (any flavor)

Instructions to make your muffins:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin pans with a nonstick cooking spray.

2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, peanut butter, egg and melted butter.

4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until the flour disappears. Do not stir too much or the muffins will be tough.

5. Fill the muffin pan wells half full with batter. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of jam, then spoon more batter over the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

This quick and easy recipe for your kids will be great fun for them to help make, and eat! This is also a great time to teach them about different measurements, such as the difference between 1 cup and 1/2 cup of a certain ingredient.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Cooking for Beginners Cookbook

Cookbooks for kids can sometimes be overwhelming with the terms and language used to describe certain cooking and food preparation methods. If your child is a beginner to the kitchen and to cooking with you, then this book can help you and your child to learn how to cook in simple terms. The Cooking for Beginner's Cookbook will do just that.

Most recipes books say things like, 'beat the sugar and eggs..', 'sift the flour and salt'. but if you've never cooked before, how do you know what to do? The recipes in this book are different. They will lead first-time cooks, step-by-step, through a selection of tasty dishes, explaining exactly what needs to be done. Readers will be amazed how easy and satisfying it is to cook when they taste their delicious results.

The simple language in this cookbook for kids will help your child learn the cooking language that is used in a lot of cookbooks. Easy to read and understand, this cookbook for beginners is 48 pages of great pictures and simple explanations.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Usborne First Cookbook

The Usborne First Cookbook is a great cookbook for kids that has some really easy and simple children's recipes. This cookbook shows your children how easy it is to cook with step by step instructions that include beautiful illustrations.

There are 72 pages of simple childrens recipes in this book that include such food items as French Toast, Pizza and Ice Cream Sundaes.

Here is a great review of the site by James Cox:

Profusely and colorfully illustrated by Stephen Cartwright, deftly edited by Rebecca Gilpin, and designed by Sally Griffin, "The Usborne First Cookbook" by Angela Wilkes is a thoroughly 'kid friendly' compilation of recipes that are specifically intended to introduce children to the delight and accomplishment of simple but elegant dishes that are sure to please the palate and satisfy the appetite.

Beginning with two informative chapters of instructions 'Before You Start' and 'Things to Remember', also includes chapters teaching young chefs 'Handy Hints', 'Preparing Vegetables', 'Kitchen Equipment', and even a glossary of 'Cooking Words'. From Baked Tomatoes; French Toast; Pizza, and "Ice Cream Sundaes; to Bacon and Potato Casserole; Chocolate Brownies; Hamburgers; Easy Breaded Fish; and Marmalade Gingerbread, "The Usborne First Cookbook" is an ideal addition to family, school, and community library cookbook collections for children.

As you can see, The Usborne First Cookbook is full of useful information for beginners and "experienced" chef's of all ages. The easy childrens recipes will help your children learn to love to cook in the kitchen with you. They will also learn healthy eating habits in this cookbook for kids.

What's Cooking Cookbook for Kids

This fun cookbook for kids is well designed and really useful. Each of the 27 recipes takes up a page spread. On one side is the recipe, on the other a full-page color photo of the food. Better still, the book has a hidden spiral binding, so it lies flat on a kitchen counter. Focused mainly on French cuisine, the recipes range from easy to "master chef" and are divided into five sections: breakfast; lunch; breads, salads and soups; dinner; and desserts. Each includes an extra tip, such as how to flip a crepe or what bread works best for French toast.

Here are the recipes:

* Colette's Crepes
* Ooh La La French Toast
* Remy's Famous Omelets
* French Breakfast Muffins

* Gusteau's Grilled Cheese
* Croque Monsieur
* Quiche Lorraine
* Easy Faux Escargots (using gherkin pickles for snails, tortilla-wrap slices for shells)
* Crazy Cheese Straws
* Cheese Fondue

* A Classic Baguette
* Vichyssoise
* Chef's Salad
* Salad Nicoise
* Dijon Vinaigrette

* Gusteau's Ratatouille
* Linguini Alfredo with Peas
* C'est Magnifique Salmon (with lemon and dill sauce)
* Remy's Macaroni and Cheese
* Pizza Rats (the slices use black olives for eyes and noses)
* Oven-Baked French Fries

* Colette's Apron Cake
* Django's Dirt Cake (a brownie-like cake decorated with gummy bears and plastic rats)
* Cheery Cheesecakes
* Chocolate Bouchons (from California celebrity chef Thomas Keller)
* Chocolate Rats (chocolate-coated apricot bodies with licorice whiskers, peanut-half ears and rolled Starbursts for the tails)
* Eiffel Tower Cookie Sundae (with the tower made from sugar wafers)

With gorgeous photos, cute artwork inspired by the movie "Ratatouille" and a nice mix of serious and silly recipes, this is a cookbook kids could really get into.

What's Cooking? A Cookbook for Kids (Ratatouille)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Kids Healthy Pizza Recipe

Here at Cookbooks for Kids, one of our goals is to provide great, healthy recipes for you and your kids. You wouldn't think of pizza as being healthy, but this recipe is not only healthy, but tasty too! This one has a delicious combination of vitamin-packed peppers, low-fat cheese, and whole-wheat bread. It's great for a quick snack, lunch, or supper.


1 7-to 7-1/2-inch round piece whole-wheat pita or pocket bread
3 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce
1/4 green or red bell pepper
1/4 small onion
1/8 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1/2 ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 tablespoons grated)
1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese


Cutting board
Small, sharp knife
Chef's knife
Grater and bowl (optional)
Kitchen scissors
Cookie sheet or baking sheet
Oven mitts
Wire cooling rack
Measuring spoons
Small spatula or spoon
Pizza cutter (optional)


1. Peel and chop onion (see Cook's Note). Measure out 2 teaspoons and set aside. (Save the rest to use in another recipe.)

2. Rinse bell pepper and place on cutting board. Remove seeds and white pith from inside the pepper. With small, sharp knife, chop bell pepper. Measure out 1 tablespoon and set aside. (Save the rest to use in another recipe.)

3. Grate cheese if it is not pre-shredded (see Cook's Note)

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

5. Using kitchen scissors cut out a circle from top layer of the pita bread, leaving 1 inch of top all around to form an edge or border. Same cut-out circle.

6. Place bottom of pita on cookie sheet or baking sheet. Using oven mitts, put on middle rack in hot oven. Bake 5 minutes.

7. With oven mitts, carefully remove from oven and place pan on wire cooling rack. Cool slightly.

8. Place cooled pita on cutting board. Using small spatula or spoon, spread pizza sauce evenly on top and also under the edge of the pita bread. Sprinkle bell pepper, onion, Italian seasoning, and mozzarella cheese evenly on top of sauce. Top with reserved circle of pita bead to form a "hat."

9. Return completed pizza to cookie sheet or baking sheet. Bake in hot oven for 8 to 9 minutes.

10. With oven mitts, carefully remove pan from oven to cooling rack.

11. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and let stand a few minutes.

12. Place pizza on cutting board. Cut in half with kitchen scissors, small knife, or pizza cutter. Serve hot.

Cook's Note
To grate your own cheese, follow these directions:

Place the grater in a bowl.
Hold the grater firmly in one hand and place a large piece of cheese in other hand.
Rub the cheese against the small holes of the grater. (The cheese will come out in shreds.)
Be careful not to rub your knuckles against the grater.
Ask a grown-up to help you the first few times.

Cooking Healthy with the Kids in Mind

Cooking healthy cookbooks for kids are becoming more popular items for one simple reason: Improving the health of our children. Most cookbooks for kids are full of sweets and sugar laden recipes and junk food items. It is rare that a cookbook for kids will offer healthy alternatives for recipes.

Over 200 healthy, delicious recipes that will satisfy kids--and kids at heart.

With an easy-to-use lay-flat binding, over 350 pages of wonderful recipes and healthy eating tips!

As every mother knows, cooking healthy for kids is the ultimate culinary challenge. But now JoAnna Lund--mother, grandmother, and creator of Healthy Exchanges(r)--offers a collection of recipes that will keep kids coming back for more. And these dishes will appeal to the whole family--including weight-conscious parents who are sick of tasteless "diet" food. With tips on nutrition and fitness for kids, Cooking Healthy with the Kids in Mind makes it easy to teach kids healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. And the new lay-flat binding makes the book easy-to-use.

Everyone will love:
Get-Out-of-Bed Breakfasts
Super-Duper Soups (and Sandwiches, Too)
(Yes, You've Got to Eat Your) Veggies and Salads
Fill-'Em-Up Main Dishes
Delicious Desserts for Good Girls and Boys
Scrumptious Snacktimes
and more!

Finding the right cookbooks for kids that offer healthy alternatives and provide instruction into healthy eating is rare. Cooking Healthy with the Kids in Mind cookbook has lots of great information in addition to plenty of healthy recipes. Check out this and other cookbooks for kids that have healthy eating habits in mind by following the book link.

Cookbooks for Kids with Special Needs

Finding Cookbooks for Kids with Special Needs can be a real tricky thing to do. Most cookbooks for kids assume that your child is able to eat normal foods with no restrictions. Here are some Cookbooks for Kids with Special Needs that might help you make the most of mealtime with your special needs child.

The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.

The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD - both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000. ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17).

Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods - especially milk products and glutens such as wheat(and to a lesser degree - soy and corn.) One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status.

The uniqueness of this book is that it not only provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, it provides successful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. The authors share details about just how and why the diet works. The specialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided. There are also testimonials from the parents and from the children themselves.

Using a common-sense approach to a complex subject, Dr. Lewis, a mother of autistic children herself, offers specific examples of food allergies and intolerances which impact health and behavior in children with autism or related developmental disorders, and provides gluten/casein-free recipes; lists of vitamins, minerals, and supplements; and much more.

There are many cookbooks for kids with special needs that are available to you. Finding the right cookbook for special needs kids is not so easy as each child is unique in their likes and dislikes. Visit one of the above links to see more cookbooks for kids with special needs.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Usborne Budding Chef Cookbook Set

This is a neat set of cookbooks for kids that I have found. The price is really good too! In this cookbook set you get 4 cookbooks and a kid kit that has kid friendly kitchen utensils for your child.

The cookbooks that you get for your child are really nice, and have the standard Usborne Book quality that if you haven't seen, you will be impressed!

The Usborne Budding Chef Cookbook Set includes the Vegetarian Cooking for Beginners, Pasta and Pizza for Beginners, What Shall I Cook? and the Yummy Little Cookbook.

Great set of cookbooks for your kids!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Kid's Cookbook Terms

Here is a great cookbook for kids list of simple terms for the kitchen. This is a nice list to begin with when teaching your child how to cook. Sometimes the terms in cookbooks can be a little overwhelming for kids, so hopefully these will help make cooking and cookbooks fun for your child.

BAKE: to cook in an oven preheated according to recipe.

BATTER: a mixture of liquid, flour and other ingredients that can vary in consistency.

BEAT: to mix two or more ingredients together, usually in a circular motion, until smooth.

BOIL: to cook a liquid in a saucepan usually on the stove until bubbles rise and break the surface and steam usually rises from surface.

BROIL: to cook under the top element in an oven.

BROWN: to fry, broil or bake food to deepen it's natural surface color but not cooking it.

CHILL: to refrigerate until cold.

CHOP: to cut food into small pieces.

COMBINE: to mix two or more ingredients together.

CREAM: to make soft, smooth and creamy by beating.

CUT IN: to combine solid fat with dry ingredients using a fork, pastry blender or knives until mixture is crumbly.

DICE: to cut food into small cube like pieces.

DOUBLING: to double a recipe - use twice the amount of all ingredients to make twice the size of the recipe.

DRAIN: to strain away unwanted liquid.

DRIZZLE: to dribble drops of icing or chocolate over food in a random pattern.

DROP: to scoop dough with a spoon, making rounded or heaping piles.

FOLD: to gently mix ingredients by using a spatula and moving food from center and lifting towards edge of bowl turning bowl as you go.

GARNISH: to decorate food with edible items like sliced fruit or herbs.

GREASE: to rub the inside of baking pans with butter, margarine or baking sprays to prevent from sticking.

GREASE & FLOUR: After greasing your baking pan adding flour to lightly coat the pan.

HALVING: to reduce the amount of all ingredients in a recipe to make only half the recipe.

KNEAD: to work dough into a smooth texture by pressing and folding with the heels of your hands.

LET STAND: to let baked goods cool down on a wire rack or hot pad wile it's still baking.

MASH: to squash foods with a fork or potato masher.

MELT: to heat a solid food until it turns to liquid.

PREHEAT: to prepare oven to correct temperature prior to baking.

PROCESS: to mix or cut up in a food processor or blender.

ROLL OUT: to lightly roll dough with rolling pin to required thickness as per recipe.

ROUNDED TSP/TBSP: to mound ingredients or dough slightly in a teaspoon or tablespoon.

RUB IN: to mix fat with flour using fingers until mixture has the texture of crumbs.

SCRAPE: to use a rubber spatula to remove as much of the mixture as possible from a bowl or saucepan.

SHAPE: to use hands to roll or mold dough into balls, rolls or other forms.

SIMMER: to cook liquids over very low heat.

SIEVE: to remove lumps from flour or icing sugar by pushing through a sieve.

SLICE: to cut food into thin sections using a sharp knife.

TOAST: to brown lightly in a toaster or frying pan or under broiler.

TOSS: to mix salad ingredients lightly.

These are just a few cookbook for kids terms that will help your child understand and learn simple kitchen cooking terminology. For more simple cooking for beginners ideas and recipes, take a look at the Cooking for Beginner's Cookbook.