September 29th, 2012


Booklist: Cooking Up a Storm

Want to encourage your little chef to read a good book? Have a young baker in the family? Give her or him one of the following pieces of fiction, many of which include recipes between chapters, all of which will make readers' mouths water!

For teens
A La Carte by Tanita S. Davis
Crush du Jour by Micol Ostow
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw
Girls Dinner Club by Jessie Elliot
The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Fun fact: A La Carte and Crush du Jour both star girls named Laine.

For kids
Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram
Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademetriou
- #1: Save the Cupcake!
- #2: Taking the Cake!
- #3: Sugar and Spice
- #4: Something New
My Chocolate Year by Charlotte Herman, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham
Dish series by Diane Muldrow
The American Girls Mix-It Up Cookbook

For more cookbooks
Visit The YA YA YAs: Teen Cookbooks

For fun
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel - If you have yet to read Mouse Soup, you must. I do not care how old you are, you must read it right now. In this hilarious story for early readers, a cunning mouse convinces his would-be captor and consumer that mouse soup won't taste good without stories in it (hello, Scheherazade!), so he proceeds to tell silly story after silly story until . . . well, let's just say Bugs Bunny would be proud!

Trivia: Do you remember the Sisters series by Jennifer Cole? I do. It came out in 1980s. Book #9 was entitled Too Many Cooks.

I almost called this booklist Cooking the Books.