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Tiny Chefs: Cooking with Your Child

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As the summer winds down and schedules fill up again, it can be difficult to set time apart to spend quality time with your children. Cooking together can be a wonderful activity (albeit messy) to bond, have a yummy snack, and build important life skills. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri claims “cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” There are many great children’s books about food, and cooking together after reading the book makes for great evening fun. Here are some picture books that you can use as prompts for your culinary adventures:

Fruits & Veggies

Maybe Lois Ehlert is the woman you need to get your child interested in fruits and vegetables!

Read

Eating the alphabet book cover

Cook

The broad fork book cover
Chocolate

Do you love chocolate more than Betty Bunny? There’s only one way to find out! Grab your apron and see if you can whip up a cake as impressive as Betty’s.

Read

Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake book cover

Cook

There's always room for chocolate book cover
Spaghetti

This is a great opportunity to turn your cooking into a food fight and see if you can make meatballs rain from the sky too! Just kidding.

Read

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs book cover

Cook

Spaghetti sauces authentic Italian recipes from Biba Caggiano book cover
Tacos

Master your taco recipes and you might just befriend a dragon.

Read

Dragons love tacos book cover

Cook

just tacos book cover
Sandwiches

Bap the Baker makes a giant jam sandwich; see if you can make one as big as his, with fingers crossed that the mosquitoes stay away…

Read

The giant jam sandwich book cover

Cook

Emeril's kicked-up sandwiches book cover
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