Explore Learning Pathways: Cooking for Kids

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of recipe-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Summer Learning Coaches), will enjoy making oodles of noodles and cold bowls of ice cream to keep you cool on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning summer caps - and let's get started with Cooking for Kids!

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Baking The Big Baking Book: 100 Healthier Savory + Sweet Recipes for Big + Little Bakers by Ella's Kitchen

Mix up some fun and bake a healthier way with Ella's Kitchen. Contents are Midmorning snacks -- Lovely lunches -- Afternoon snacks -- Fabulous family dinners -- It's party time! -- Fun outdoors.


UltimateThe Ultimate Step-by-Step Kid's First Cookbook by Nancy McDougall

Provides an introduction to cooking, including safety tips, cooking terms, and techniques, along with instructions for over one hundred and fifty recipes.


MexicoThe Cooking of Mexico by Matthew Locricchio

Introduces the different culinary regions of Mexico and presents many kinds of recipes for traditional Mexico dishes.




ChefsChefs and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers

This book describes what a chefs does, and how he manages a whole crew in the kitchen of a restaurant. Originally published in Dutch.


ApplePieHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

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CakeMixCake Mix Cooking for Kids by Stephanie Ashcraft

A cake mix is the basic ingredient for these delicious recipes, but cake isn't the only thing kids will learn to make. Give Black Owl Cookies, Candy Cookie Pops, Bubblegum Bars, or Fruity Pizzas a try. Or, if you really want to be creative, bake some Mini Cupcake Kabobs, Delicious Cake Balls, or Tangy and Twisted Trifle. These recipes are a fun and easy way for kids to enjoy time in the kitchen.


GeographicNational Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton Seaver

Join Barton Seaver on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbook will have you ruling the kitchen in no time!




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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more cooking programs.

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access cooking information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

MiddleSearchPlusMiddle Search Plus - access more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.  Full-text articles include a Lexile reading level indicator.


EncyclopediaBritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica - A familiar resource, digitized and including sound, video and other multimedia features.










For more cooking resources available at your library check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

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As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!