A new year is a good time for library patrons to want to learn new skills, so check out these books that will help your younger patrons learn the skill of cooking!
The first step in cooking is to recognize the importance of the ingredients you use, so to introduce children to the concepts of organic food and farm to table, pick up this biography of food pioneer Alice Waters, the woman who is credited with starting the movement to eat locally. Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution by Diane Stanley is perfect for ages 4 to 8, who may be interested in learning more about the Edible Schoolyard project started by Alice Waters. And for children ages 5 to 9 who love the new Netflix series created with Michelle Obama, “Waffles + Mochi”, check out Waffles + Mochi: Get Cooking!: Learn to Cook Tomato Candy Pasta, Gratitouille, and Other Tasty Recipes: A Kids Cookbook by Yewande Komolafe. This cookbook not only starts with kid-friendly basics like boiling eggs, but it also approaches cooking on a global scale, making the experience truly adventurous. They can try anything from Peruvian Delicioso Stew to Kimchi Grilled Cheese.
For the slightly older patrons who have wanted to actually eat green eggs and ham, Cook It! the Dr. Seuss Cookbook for Kid Chefs: 50+ Yummy Recipes by Daniel Gercke is what you need. From carving the Roast Beast to quenching your thirst with a Pink Ink Drink, this book will keep Dr. Seuss fans clamoring for more. And it is a book meant for adults to do with children, so the whole family from ages 7 and up can find something to enjoy. For those young chefs who want to know more about the right ingredients to use, then you need Feast Your Eyes on Food: An Encyclopedia of More Than 1,000 Delicious Things to Eat by Laura Gladwin. Full of details and beautiful pencil drawings, children aged 8 to 12 will find out valuable information on topics like why cutting onions makes you cry or what nine types of mushrooms are awesome to eat.
For your older chefs-to-be, try Teen Baking Bootcamp: 60 Essential Recipes to Take You from Amateur to Pro by Matthew Merril. Recommended for ages 12 and up, this book by a Tik Tok celebrity will not only take your readers from the basics to the expert level of baking but will also help them learn how to improvise when mistakes happen. Or maybe your teen patrons are looking for healthier lifestyle options? Try My Vegan Year: The Young Person's Seasonal Guide to Going Plant-Based by Niki Webster. This book will take readers ages 12 and up throughout a year to learn season-by-season cooking and lifestyle tips for being vegan, with recipes such as black forest cupcakes and pumpkin harissa humus and tips on growing your own vegetables and what items to keep handy in the pantry.
No matter how young or old, cooking is for everyone. For more helpful foodie books for your patrons, check out the following lists on ipage: