Picture Books About Food to Start Cooking Together

Gather a good book and yummy ingredients! It's time to create culinary masterpieces with your little chefs. Bon appetit and happy reading!
Start cooking with Novel Effect's selection of picture books about food
Introduce your little ones to the joys of cooking through picture books about food! Cooking is a great way to spend time together, build traditions, try new things, and explore educational concepts. With picture books about food, you can talk about colors of ingredients, fractions of measurements, or explain how heat works on a molecular level – the possibilities are endless. We’ve cooked up a list of great books to inspire your budding chef. Bon appetit!

Cooking Together with Picture Books

There’s a new kid who starts a ruckus. One little boy is determined to vanquish his foe with his dad’s homemade Enemy Pie. But there’s more to this pie than butter, sugar, and flour. For it to work, you need to spend time with your enemy! Jazz brings new energy to this beloved story about building friendships with dessert.

Delve into the cultural significance of this indigenous staple with our soundscape featuring authentic Nez Perce voices and music. Fry bread is more than a meal. It’s a gathering of family, a remembrance of struggle, and a way to share traditions. Listen as all of these elements come together to create simple, sustaining food.

Bilal loves daal! But will his friends love it too? With his dad’s help and patience, Bilal shares his favorite food with the ones he loves. However, he worries that they’ll turn up their noses. With warm Hindustani sounds and sarod music, this soundscape quickly draws you in. Look out for a daal recipe in the back of the book!

Practice your shape skills with Round is a Tortilla. Featuring a spoken Spanish voice over, this cultural exploration will expand your child’s language skills. And it’s sure to make readers hungry! Listen for acoustic guitar and atmospheric party ambiance as you read your way through Mexico’s best dishes.

Is it possible to keep a secret, even about pizza? Raccoon just wants some of that cheesy, saucy goodness. But, raccoons are crashing their pizza parties. Hijinks abound as this masked menace goes to any length to get a slice. You’ll giggle along at cute little animal chitters and an action-packed soundscape. 

Amy could eat bao all day, every day. Thankfully her mother, father, and grandmother are all expert bao makers. When her family gathers to cook these delicious dumplings, it’s an all-hands-on-deck situation. But that’s the problem — Amy’s hands are too small to pinch the dough or add the right amount of filling! Can she come up with a solution to also make the perfect bao? Featuring Mandarin voiceover and a whimsical soundtrack, you’ll try your hand at making bao, too!

Cooking is more than just a daily chore. It’s a journey filled with flavors, colors, and learning opportunities. Use these books as your roadmap, and don’t forget to have fun along the way. After all, every great chef started with a simple recipe and a dash of curiosity. So, pick a book, gather your ingredients, and get ready to create culinary masterpieces with your little chefs. Bon appetit and happy reading!

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