Cook by the Book

Spatulatta’s Cook by the Book Cookbook is a book designed for educators and parents. It uses classic works of children’s literature to help teach kids about nutrition and the cultural aspects of food.

Cooking uses a variety of motor and intellectual skills. These recipes can be used in lesson plans. They’re a great way to get kids to read and learn to follow directions. Doubling recipes brings math skills into play. Collecting their family recipes is an exercise in writing.

Recipes can be used to talk about geography and history. Kids love stories about where recipes come from, who brought them and how they carried them – in bound books, on scraps of paper, or in their memories.

This cookbook is meant to be shared, to introduce new audiences to and its wealth of kid-tested, family-friendly recipes. So please pass it around.

  • James and the Giant Peach Sorbet
  • Give-A-Mouse Cookies
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Cora-Cooks-Pancit Canton
  • Dim Sum for Everyone Egg Tarts
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Homemade Love Chocolate Dewberry Pie
  • Kitchen Dance Arroz con Pollo
  • A Mountain of Blintzes Blintzes
  • Stone Soup

Cook by the Book is completely digital and completely free. You can share the link to the PDF version of Cook by the Book in your school newsletter.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Spatulatta salutes the authors, illustrators and publishers of 10 beautiful and witty children’s books with a recipe created to honor each title. Over the years, I’ve been compiling a list of children’s books with stories that involve food. What can I say? I’m food obsessed. Some of these books are classics that have captured the imagination of multiple generations, others are newer but still beloved. When I read these books, I couldn’t help thinking up recipes. It might be a cookie made to look like Swiss cheese or a chocolate pie the lovely color of the protagonist’s skin. Special thanks goes out to the children’s librarians at the Evanston Public Library and educator, Marcia Streicher for their suggestions and guidance.

-Gaylon Emerzian, Founder


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