July 25, 2014 - 14:32 — PatriciaDaniel

Cooking is one of those fun activities that the whole family can enjoy doing together. From chopping and dicing to measuring and stirring, there's something for everyone to do. Best of all, the result is something delicious for everyone to eat! Using different recipes from a new cookbook offers families the opportunity to try a new dish, learn a new cooking technique, or introduce your children to the process of creating a meal for the whole family. You can also introduce the kids to many of the STEM elements when you're in the kitchen together. At the Naperville Public Library, we offer a variety of cookbooks that will appeal to even the pickiest eater. Here are a few of the titles we have available. Stop by the Children's Department and take a look.

book jacketThe Checkerboard How-To Library Series offers a variety of special cookbooks that address the needs of kids with specific food allergies, or for families who just want to eat healthier. Titles include Cool Nut-Free Recipes: Delicious & Fun Foods Without Nuts, Cool Wheat-Free Recipes: Delicious & Fun foods Without Gluten and Cool Sugar-Free Recipes: Delicious & Fun Foods Without Refined Sugar, all by Nancy Tuminelly.

book jacketYou’re the Chef is another cookbook series that presents fun, nutritious, and delicious recipes that the whole family can make together. Some of the titles include Terrific Veggies on the Side, Marvelous Muffins, Breads, and Pancakes, and Sweet Cookies and Bars. These cookbooks are written by Kari Cornell and Jennifer S. Larson.

book jacketThe Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook by Victoria Kann shares recipes for more than twenty cupcakes featured in the Pinkalicious stories, from a classic cupcake with a cherry on top and a princess and castle cupcake to a snowman cupcake and a cake pop flower.

book jacketBring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley is a cookbook that also tells the true story of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves, who grew up to be a famous chef. Five recipes are also included.n>

book jacketHuevos Rancheros by Stefan Czernecki is a story about how a clever hen outsmarts her coyote adversary through charm and the culinary arts. Recipes for salsa ranchera and fried eggs are included.

book jacketSomething’s Happening on Calabash Street by Judith Ross Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon. Mischa shares in the excitement when the people in his diverse urban neighborhood celebrate a festive street fair. This title includes recipes for numerous ethnic foods.

book jacketThe Spatulatta Cookbook by Isabella and Olivia Gerasole presents more than fifty recipes arranged by seasons of the year as well as vegetarian dishes and healthy snacks. Lists of basic skills, equipment, and cooking terms are also included. This is a cookbook written by kids FOR kids.