The Best Cookbooks For Kids And Parents

The Books I Picked & Why

The Official Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen

By Kasey Rogers, Mark Wood

The Official Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen

Why this book?

I love this cookbook because it is a collectible and a treasure. Kasey Rogers was Louise Tate, the boss's wife from the television show, Bewitched. I was fortunate to have coordinated a book signing at Barnes and Noble in 2005 with Kasey. I got to hear firsthand knowledge of her memories of being on the set of Bewitched. She actually was able to participate in a lot of cast parties and be invited to the star of the show’s home, so the recipes are authentic. Everyone knows that "Samantha Stephens" didn't have to lift a finger in the kitchen... Now, "Bewitched" fans everywhere can share the kitchen with "Louise Tate" (the boss's wife) as she conjures up the magic that turned "Samantha Stephens" into a household name. In The Bewitched Cookbook, you'll discover "Cousin Serena's" "I-don't-cook" quick-fixes, "Dr. Bombay's" exotic banquets, "Maurice's" special drinks and delicacies, "Endora's" wickedly tasty tricks and treats, "Samantha's" never-before-revealed private recipes for Perfect Pizza and Benson's Chili Con Carne - the special dishes that saved "Darrin's" career, and hundreds of other fabulous recipes that are as simple as a twitch of the nose!


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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

By Dinah Bucholz

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Why this book?

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as delicious. If you are looking for a unique themed cookbook and want a lot of British-inspired recipes, look no further. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbinding meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories.


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At Home on the Range

By Margaret Yardley Potter

At Home on the Range

Why this book?

I met well-known author Liz Gilbert at a book signing in San Francisco. She was friends with a fellow cookbook author from Estonia and New York who recommended we meet Elizabeth Gilbert. While Liz was unpacking boxes of old family books, she rediscovered a book called At Home on the Range, written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. Having only been peripherally aware of the volume, Gilbert dug in with some curiosity, and soon found that she had stumbled upon a book far ahead of its time. Part scholar and part crusader for a more open food conversation, Potter espoused the importance of farmer’s markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish, and German), culinary shortcuts, and generally celebrated a devotion to epicurean adventures.


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Essential Nourishment: Recipes from My Estonian Farm

By Marika Blossfeldt

Essential Nourishment: Recipes from My Estonian Farm

Why this book?

I met Marika Blossfeldt in Paris, France at the Gourmand Cookbook Fair. She wrote a beautiful and nourishing cookbook from her farm in Estonia. Essential Nourishment is a cookbook and nutrition guide fusing an appreciation for the sensual pleasures of natural foods with a sensible approach to nourishment. There is a yummy carrot ginger soup and lots of immunity booster recipes.


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Betty Crocker Cookbook

By Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker Cookbook

Why this book?

An original and one of the most helpful cookbooks I have come across. There is no wrong answer when it comes to cooking, everything in the Betty Crocker cookbook is step-by-step. Learn to make chicken pot pie, how to make great pie crusts and more.


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