Yummy: A History of Dessert

English MG & Up History Desserts Graphic Novel Victoria Grace Elliott summary Snickerdoodle lovers rejoice, for I have a new recipe for you. And it’s inside this fantastic new graphic novel, Yummy: A History of Desserts. I know, you’re thinking, ‘But Coco, how did a graphic novel get inside your brain like this?’ And I…

Peace, Love, and Pasta: A Celebration of Family

English All Family Cooking Chosen Family Bilingual Books Turkish summary Pasta, food of the masses. Delightful, buttery, easy to share (sometimes). Diving into Scott Conant’s most recent book Peace, Love, and Pasta (from Abrams Books) made one thing clear: he values family above all else. This got me thinking about all types of family, chosen…

Paletas for All!

English & Spanish All Ages Paletas STEM Cooking Kindness LA Food Scene summary Popsicle season is year-round, and that’s something I’m prepared to fight about. Today I have two fantastic books that celebrate the paleta in all forms, a picture book and a cookbook! If you haven’t checked out Ericka Sanchez’s website Nibbles & Feasts…

Bella’s Recipe for Success

English & Spanish 4-8 years Latinx Families Perseverance Cooking Intergenerational Stories Hobbies Social-Emotional Learning Ana Siqueira & Geraldine Rodr√≠guez summary Have I cried because a cake overflowed in my oven while baking? Sure have. And then I went to the grocery store at 11pm for more eggs so I could make it again. The point…

Salma the Syrian Chef

English & Arabic 4-8 years Immigration Refugee Stories Community Chosen Family Cooking Danny Ramadan & Anna Bron Summary: For #TheFictionFeast this month, I wanted to highlight a book that hits a lot of important details that I look for in a story. Main character Salma from Salma the Syrian Chef looks to a mixed refugee…

Feeling a bit WILD today…

English 10 years & up Outdoor Skills Sustainability Girls Outdoors Foraging Cooking Environmentalism Various, see each book. Do you ever just wake up one morning and feel like you can’t do society that day? A yearning to sit in the forest and stare into a hazy fire while something delicious finishes cooking? A desire to…go…

#SweetsAndSocialJustice: Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Written & Illustrated by:  Beth Anderson & E.B. Lewis Kids Can Cook was illustrated by Esther Coombs For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Racism Activism Sweets and Social Justice Bravery Courage Cooking   Summary:  Lizzie Demands a Seat!: This story is amazing, and especially so because it’s true! Elizabeth Jennings…

The Worldwide Forager

Written By: Roger Phillips For Ages: MG & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Food, Foraging, Pint-Sized Professor, Environmental Sustainability. Summary: This book is a wealth of information, written by well-known British fungi expert Roger Phillips. The book is divided into 4 sections to mimic the seasons, and includes tons of gorgeous photos and recipes for…

Thukpa for All

Written by:¬†Praba Ram & Sheela Preuitt Illustrated by:¬†Shilpa Ranade For ages:¬†4-8 years Language:¬†English & some Tibetan¬† Topics Covered:¬†Friendship, Community, Disability, Cooking, Family, Global Community,¬†Problem-Solving, Tibet, Ladakh Region. Summary:¬†Tsering, our main character, is walking home. ¬†He is excited to eat some delicious thukpa, a hearty and spicy soup. ¬†Tsering is blind, and moves a white stick…

Around the Table that Grandad Built

Written by:¬†Melanie Heuiser Hill Illustrated by:¬†Jaime Kim For ages:¬†3-8 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Family, Cooking, Cultural Identity, Traditions. Summary:¬†This is a very sweet book about the preparations of a large family dinner. ¬†Each piece of the meal, starting with the table that grandad built, tells a story of significance and family meaning. ¬†The kids busily set…