Last week I missed Top Ten Tuesday so I thought I’d do a twist on favorite foods this week and tell you about our favorite educational cookbooks. (You didn’t need to know ten random things about me, did you?)
Top Ten Educational Cookbooks on Our Shelf!
These are the Top Ten that are currently on our cookbook shelves. Most are oriented toward children and some are specifically related to our homeschool.
Five in a Row Cookbook– These are recipes that go with each of the titles in the first three volumes of the Five in a Row curriculum as well as Beyond FIAR. Many of you know we are big users of FIAR and have been since the beginning. The recipes for Volume 4 are found right in the volume with the lessons and Bible supplement.
The Math Chef: Over 60 Math Activities and Recipes for Kids– I love to use math in the kitchen with my kids. You don’t need a special cookbook for this purpose of course, but I like the way The Math Chef breaks to recipes down into the various concepts in math from measuring to fractions, geometry, and arithmetic. There are recipes to go with each concept. That makes it nice for planning.
American Grub – Eats for Kids from All Fifty States – This is a cool little book I picked up at the library sale. There are lots of geography focused cookbooks I don’t have, but this one shares recipes that represent each state. I think its one limitation is not being able to capture a region very well. Each state has a recipe, but it may only be the big deal food from one area of the state. For example, NY pizza is a great idea for the city, but not so much upstate NY. Still, there’s a lot of geography and anecdotal information in this collection of recipes.
The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories -This is a classic especially if your family enjoys the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are so many lessons in here about the foods mentioned in the books and why they would have cooked the way they did and made the food choices they did. This is a great title for Little House fans and a lovely history book besides.
Williams Sonoma Kids Baking– fabulous cookbook teaching kids the finer points of baking. The banana bread recipe I made this week was lovely. I enjoy how they use graphics and words to give the basics about baking at the start of the book.
Williams-Sonoma Cooking Together: Having Fun in the Kitchen with Your Kids – a cookbook with more than just dessert. Any WS cookbook does a great job with general cooking instruction. This one is no exception.
Cooking & Science for Secondary Students– this one is really a science text focusing on science in the kitchen. Great details for using this as a lab text. I highly recommend this book. Fabulous kitchen chemistry. Well written. Excellent resource for writing lab reports. Bonus- you’ll get food when you are finished!
Cooking & Science for Elementary Students– this one is very similar to the secondary edition, but instead of the students writing their own lab reports they have the full worksheet waiting for them. Our kids really enjoyed working through this last school year. We haven’t finished yet so we have more fun in store.
I’m Just Here for the Food: Version 2.0– Any Alton Brown fans among us? Anything by Alton is educational. He is the king of kitchen chemistry and is able to convey the whys of method and practice in a humorous and effective way. If you are interested in learning about your food and not just following a recipe, Alton is your guy!
I’m Just Here for More Food: Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking– The second volume of this series of Alton Brown cookbooks, this one focuses more on baking. He shares the science behind breads, cakes, cookies, etc. If you have a child who loves to cook and loves to learn good technique, these books are a great starting place.
There you have it. The Top Ten Educational Cookbooks on Our Shelf. I’m sure you have some you could share with us. Please leave your favorites in the comments!
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