4 awesome kids' books about food, with recipes that make them even better
Pairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It's one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating--even foods that they're not normally excited about eating.
In honor of the bounty of summer, I've gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one's appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie
Blueberries for Sal
Robert McCloskey is a classic about a girl named Sal who, much like me,
cannot pick blueberries as fast as she can eat them. The message could
not be more clear, or more true: fresh blueberries are too good to
* Pair with: This surprising Blueberry Corn Salad from
Two Peas and Their Pod which unexpectedly brings together two of
summer's finest fresh ingredients beautifully (pictured above).
by Bruce Degen is one of my family's all-time favorites. I've been
reading it to my big one for 5 years and he loves it today as much as he
did when he was gnawing the pages as a baby. He's even started reading
it to his little brother.
Rah Rah Radishes
April Pulley Sayre is a fun book full of raucous rhymes that celebrate
everything about fresh veggies, from broccoli to bok choy. The chants
are especially fun for toddlers, but also give you a mantra to keep
things calm when you put fresh veggies in front of your older picky
eater. "Rah, rah radishes, red and white." Say. Breathe. Repeat.
* Pair with: A simple, crunchy vegetable crudite. I love the idea of arranging veggies in a rainbow, which (might!) make them more fun and appealing for kids. And it's just pretty. Cherries and Cherry Pits
Vera B. Williams is a perfect example of how books don't have to be
about food, per se, to get kids excited about eating. Who wouldn't want
to gobble up fresh cherries after reading an imaginary tale of a city
block turned into forest of cherry trees?
* Pair with: Cherry Brown Betty from
Joy the Baker which should be called "super delicious cherry pie for
when I'm feeling lazy." No crust, no fuss. Just layer a few pantry
stapes with fresh cherries and butter, bake, and eat.
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