Can I Eat That? (& my top 5 Cookbooks for Kids)

Can I Eat That?

A playful approach to kids’ sometimes serious food questions, Can I Eat That? looks adorable!

Questions like “Do chicken have fingers?” and “Do eggs grow on eggplants?”are answered along with spreads full of word play: “Bacon, Bacoff? Ketchup, Ketchdown? Raisin, Raisout?” It reminds me of the kind of conversation we routinely have at our table.

Of course the best way to answer the “Can I Eat That?”-question is to get into the kitchen together. Here are the top five cookbooks I’m most interested in cracking open with the kids.

Can I Eat That? Spread

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up. Mollie Katzen’s classic full of kid-tested, illustrated recipes that require only a little adult assistance.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting RecipesLickable Wallpaper, Stink Bugs Eggs, and Eatable Pillows, anyone?

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth. A new one that may help in the veggie department.

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes. Adapted for children from the Italian staple, The Silver Spoon. Italian food is like a food group for plenty of kids, right?

Salad People (the follow up to Pretend Soup)

Any favorites I’ve missed? Any funny food curiosities to share?

P.S. Baking yogurt cake with kids—the ideal first cake—with a printable, illustrated recipe.


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