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Children in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving and All Year Long

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library,
rice crispy turkey leg and apple

Do you want to build your children’s confidence, basic life skills, and encourage them to be a little less picky when trying new foods? Have your children join you in the kitchen! The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching and this would be an ideal time for the young people in your life to help out with some of the cooking duties on this special day of thanks.

Here is a list of cookbooks that have fun recipes and ideas you can use with the children in your life. These cookbooks can be referenced all year round and will keep everyone engaged and excited to start cooking together.

Of course, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook must be included in this list. Every recipe refers to a scene from the series and includes a recipe for Pumpkin Pasties! Remember, there is flexibility in these recipes and you can always substitute different types of flours and other ingredients based on allergies and preferences.

In addition to cookbooks, we also have magazines with fun recipes. The library has a robust selection available to download for free through our e-media. Check out RBdigital and Overdrive Magazines for the full list. Their tasty ideas can be used on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the holiday season to keep children occupied. I am looking forward to helping my goddaughter Hazel create some fun, kid friendly dishes. Savor the Thanksgiving holiday and get your children cooking with confidence and joy!

Cookbooks to Share with Kids

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory - More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike
Bucholz, Dinah.

The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook
Ellison, Virginia H.

“When they had all nearly eaten enough, Christopher Robin banged on the table with his spoon, and everybody stopped talking and was very silent, except Roo who was just finishing a loud attack of hiccups and trying to look as if it was one of Rabbit’s relations.”
—Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook
Mead, Matthew,

ChopChop: The Kids' Guide to Cooking Real Food With Your Family
Sampson, Sally, 1955-

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook
Casella, Peggy Paul,

Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!: Recipes for the Kid in Everyone
Lagasse, Emeril.

The Minnie & Friends Cookbook
Littlefield, Cindy A., 1956-