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Children's Cookbooks Based on Favorite Children's Books


These children’s cookbooks feature recipes based on foods in favorite children’s books and stories. The children’s books featured include the Harry Potter series, the Winnie-the-Pooh books, books by Roald Dahl, the Little House books, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, plus Green Eggs and Ham and other Dr. Seuss books. While teens may enjoy cooking on their own with The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, younger children and adults will enjoy cooking together and talking about the related books while using any of these cookbooks. You'll find many of these cookbooks, if not all, at your local public library.

1. Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook

Cover art of Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook with recipes inspired by Dr Seuss
If you are looking for a cookbook for adults and children to enjoy together, I recommend the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, with recipes inspired by children's books by Dr. Seuss. Each recipe is named after, and based on, a Dr. Seuss children's book. The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook includes a wide variety of tasty and zany recipes inspired by Dr. Seuss. The cookbook is divided into six sections, with five to nine recipes in each. There are recipes for breakfast, beverages, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Compare prices. (Random House, 2006. ISBN: 9780679884408) Read my book review of the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook.

2. The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook

Cover art by Ernest H. Shepard for The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook
Penguin Group
The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook is filled with tasty treats, a number of which, not surprisingly, include honey as an ingredient. The cookbook by Virginia Ellison benefits greatly from the wonderful color illustrations by the illustrator of all of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books, Ernest H. Shepard. There are recipes for breakfast, picnics, teas, lunches and suppers, desserts and more. This is such a delightful book that it will appeal to both children who are familiar with the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and those who are not. Compare prices. Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin published this cookbook in 2010. The ISBN is 9780525423591. Read my review of The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook.

3. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Cover art of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Adams Media
If your teen or tween is a Harry Potter fan, they should find The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory - More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike quite intriguing. Author Dinah Bucholz has an entertaining writing style and provides a good introduction to many foods from the British Isles, including interesting details about their history and connection to the Harry Potter series. Compare prices. Read my review of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.

4. Grandpa's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook

Cover of Grandpa's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook
Simon and Schuster
Grandpa's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook is by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett, the author and illustrator of the enormously popular picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The imaginative story and illustrations translate into a cookbook fans of the picture book will have fun using. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published this children's cookbook in 2013.  The ISBN is 9781442444751. Compare prices. Read my review of Grandpa's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook.

5. The Little House Cookbook

This cookbook by Barbara M. Walker provides a wealth of information about pioneer foods, kitchens, and cooking as well as a number of pioneer recipes. Quotations and Garth Williams’s illustrations from the Little House series enhance the reader's enjoyment. Foods are categorized by where the ingredients can be found, including foods from the woods, from tilled fields, from gardens and orchards, and from the barnyard. Compare prices. (HarperTrophy; 3rd edition, 1989. ISBN: 0064460908)

6. Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes

This cookbook for kids, the second in a series based on the books of Roald Dahl, is delightfully nutty. Each of the recipes is loosely based on a quotation about food from one of Roald Dahl's books, including James and the Giant Peach, BFG, and Charlie and the Cholcolate Factory. Quentin Blake's light-hearted pen and watercolor sketches, combined with photos of the prepared dish, add to the book's zany appeal. The recipes are creative, fun, and tasty. Compare prices. (Viking, 2001. ISBN: 0670035157)

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