Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A new cookbook for kids that's about real food

I've always been put off by children's cookbooks that are filled with so-called recipes for sweet and sillly foods (like peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipes-who needs that?). Kids need real info on real food, just as adults do. So when I saw You've Got Recipes by my friends Jerry Anne Di Vecchio & Francoise Dudal Kirkman, I knew I'd found the ideal cookbook for my two little great nieces, Robyn and Iris.

You see, Jerry & Francoise know a thing or two about food. Jerry was the Food Editor of Sunset Magazine (she wrote for the magazine for some 40 years). Francoise, a Paris-trained artist, was a designer at Sunset Magazine and a fabulous cook herself. Together, they've produced a delightfully illustrated 94-page story book that weaves a tale of a San Francisco-based raccoon in email contact with a Paris-based mouse, who each share stories and recipes. It's a fun format that mixes in solid cooking tips and how-to for young 'foodies' with easy recipes. The book lets the kids be entertained by a sweet story while they learn how to wield a potato masher.

What I like best, though, is that the recipes are for tasty foods the whole family will enjoy, from cheese puffs and zucchini soup to lamb stew. More importantly, the youngsters can pick up good eating habits as they master some solid recipes that will come in handy their whole life long. That's a heck of an accomplishment for a kid's cookbook.

Details: Available from the authors at for $34.60 (includes CA tax and shipping) or at or Trafford Publishing . Coming soon: Notecards featuring the cute characters featured in the book; see the author's blog.

1 comment:

gjabrams said...

Hi Lora,

My husband and I recently published an illustrated cookbook for kids we thought you'd appreciate called:

The Kids-Did-It! Cookie Bookie: A (fun) Cookie-Baking Cookbook for Kids, Illustrated by Kids!

This deliciously cute cookbook is an introduction to baking for kids ages 3 to 12, and includes 14 tasty, easy-to-follow and really fun-to-look-at cookie recipes, each illustrated by delightful animals or other watercolor illustrations from the Kids-Did-It! Designs® kids’ art collection. Just imagine Chocolate Chipmunks, Peanut Butterflies, Moon Melts, Monster Mish-Mashes or Peppermint Pig Puffs.

The book is creative and engaging, with delightful illustrations, simple step-by-step recipes using everyday ingredients and instructive measuring graphics that help make the recipes easy to understand.

My personal favorites are the MoonMelts. Picture delicious, gooey marshmallow cream stuffed between two cocoa cookies floating in a colorful field of planets and stars!

It's playful and appeals to anyone looking for something fun to do with kids. Even better, the recipes are easy AND delicious, each young illustrator earns a royalty - plus, it makes a great gift.

If you'd like to offer your readers a $2 savings, they can enter P6D99RLV at checkout.


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