Sweet Treats, Sweet Reads

Summertime and the living is easy – the hustle and bustle of the school year is over, and the hot weather and slower pace mean more time for dessert! There’s nothing quite like licking a refreshing ice cream cone while walking down the sidewalk on a sunny day, except for maybe curling up with a good book and a cookie while sitting on the porch. Either way, books and food go hand in hand, and there are various kinds, ranging from cookbooks to stories about cooking contests, friendships forged in the kitchen, and more. Whichever you choose, the following list is guaranteed to make you smile and immediately head to the kitchen to whip up your own delicious summer dessert.

To find more books about sweet treats, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “baking,” “cooking,” “bakeries,” “cooks,” or other food related terms.

Cali, Davide.
Good Morning, Neighbor. 2018 (Picture Book)
One morning, a mouse wanted an omelet, and went to ask his neighbor Blackbird to borrow an egg. However, Blackbird didn’t have one either, instead producing flour and suggesting that they go ask his neighbor, Dormouse, for an egg so they can make a cake. And so the delicious dream is born, and readers follow along as the ever-growing parade of animals ask their neighbors for the needed ingredients. With soft illustrations created in earth tones and repetitive narration, this soothing book about sharing helps readers see the power of what can happen when you contribute to the greater good of the group.
[S-Collection Q. SE. C12823go]

Good Housekeeping.
Kids Bake! 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes. 2018 (Nonfiction)
This very accessible cookbook provides recipes for young bakers who are ready to whip up some delicious treats. The introduction goes over basic baking rules, like the types of equipment, common ingredients, measurements, nutrition information, vocabulary, and safety in order to make sure that kids are ready to go in the kitchen. The mouth-watering treats shown in beautiful photos include Swirl Brownies, Raspberry-Lemon Pound Cake, Fluffy Apple-Cheddar Biscuits, and more. Your taste buds better be ready for a rollercoaster of flavor with these recipes!
[S-Collection S.641.815 K541]

Hopkinson, Deborah.
Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History is Unfortunately Unknown. 2017 (Picture Book Based on a Real Person)
The details of Amelia Simmons’ life are “lost, simmered away in the pot of time,” but we do know that she was the author of America’s first cookbook. This picture book imagines the details of her life, where perhaps she was orphaned and sent to help Mrs. Bean around the house with her six sons, who gratefully lets Amelia experiment with the cooking to her heart’s content. The bright pastel colors and fun turns of phrase related to the colonies and cooking bring Amelia’s dreams to life, and the cherry on top is when she is chosen to bake a cake for President Washington’s inauguration. The recipe for Independence Cake and an author’s note only add to this delectable delight of a book.
[S-Collection Q. SE. H777i]

Janowitz, Jessie.
The Doughnut Fix. 2018 (YA Novel)
Tristan loves to cook, with the added bonus that he is better at it than his “Gifted and Talented” younger sister Jeanine. Life is pretty good, especially with chocolate chip cookies, but when his parents decide that they’re moving to the middle of nowhere, all seems hopeless. Things start looking up when Tristan sees a sign that says, “Yes, we do have chocolate cream doughnuts!”, but even that betrays him when he discovers that the owner hasn’t made them in years. Tristan feels like the only thing he can do to make things better is get the recipe, make the doughnuts himself, and have his own doughnut stand. Can he run a successful business all on his own?
[S-Collection S. J2643do]
If you like this one, look for the sequel, The Doughnut King!

Leone, Dee.
Dough Knights and Dragons. 2017 (Picture Book)
In this rhyming picture book that is perfect for a read aloud, a knight discovers a hidden kitchen in the forest with unique ingredients, so naturally he can’t resist making a stew. When the dragon owner returns, he asks for a share of the dinner, beginning a forbidden friendship founded on their love of cooking and creating new recipes. However, tradition states that when they come of age, a knight must kill a dragon and a dragon must eat a knight. When the unlikely pair discover a unique loophole to their terrible predicament, they work to bring the two feuding species together through food, for they know that the best friendships are forged in the cooking fire.
[S-Collection Q. SE. L5537d]

Nelson, Suzanne.
Cake Pop Crush (Wish #1). 2016 (Middle Grades Novel)
Alicia Ramirez loves baking, and her specialty is cake pops. Unfortunately, her traditional father disapproves of the trendy treat and refuses to serve them at the family bakery, Say It With Flour. However, when new kid Dane McGuire shows up and his rich CEO father opens a new branch of a fancy chain coffee shop across the street, Alicia hopes that her father will see how she can help keep the family business alive. The coffee shop is threatening their business, especially with Dane’s homemade treats. A bake-off challenge begins as Alicia and Dane fight not only for the title of cake-pop master, but for their family businesses as well. Readers will love the heaps of drama and cooking excitement, the realistic and heartwarming family relationships, and the dash of romance.
[S-Collection S. N3314c]

Neuschwander, Cindy.
Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert: A Math Adventure. 2013 (Teaching Picture Book)
Part of the Sir Cumference Math Adventure series, this delightful picture book is full of math puns and wordplay, helping kids learn without realizing it. Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter need to select a dessert for the Harvest Faire, and so begins a baking contest between Pia of the French city of Chartres and Bart Graf of Germany. The townsfolk vote on their favorites, and Pia and Bart experiment with different methods of collecting their data to see who wins. This fun, fictional origin story of pie charts and bar graphs will entertain readers while exposing them to math concepts.
[S-Collection S.516 N398siro]

Remington, Laurel.
Secrets and Scones. 2018 (Middle Grades Novel)
Scarlett hates being star of her mom’s popular parenting blog, so she secludes herself, ending friendships and stopping activities so that there is nothing for her mom to write about, but it gets boring really fast. When an unfortunate accident leaves an elderly neighbor recovering in the hospital, the screech of a hungry cat lures Scarlett to the empty house and the most amazing kitchen she has ever seen. Unable to resist, she is soon baking a batch of scones from a handmade cookbook she found and forming a secret cooking club with a new friend. This exciting read follows Scarlett as she tries to keep her baking and friendship a secret from her nosy mom while also exploring her own identity.
[S-Collection S. R284se]

Simon, Coco.
Sunday Sundaes (Sprinkle Sundays #1). 2018 (Middle Grades Chapter Book)
Allie, Sierra, and Tamiko are best friends, but when Allie’s parents get divorced and she moves a town away, she’s scared of losing their friendship. So when her mom fulfills her dream of opening an ice cream shop, Allie thinks it would be a fantastic idea for her, Sierra, and Tamiko to work there together on Sundays to be able to spend some time together, and the Sunday Sundaes are born. However, it’s still hard dealing with new classmates and teachers, and readers will resonate with Allie’s realistic middle school feelings about change, friendship, and loneliness. This fun story is full of book references from bookworm Allie, delicious ice cream flavors to make your mouth water, and fantastic friendships both old and new.
[S-Collection S. Si531sssu]
Be sure to check out other books in the series, also found in the S-Collection! Cracks in the Cone #2, The Purr-fect Scoop #3, Ice Cream Sandwiched #4, and Sprinkles Before Sweethearts #5.

Strohm, Stephanie Kate.
Love à la Mode. 2018 (YA Novel)
Rosie Radeke is from East Liberty, Ohio, and while she loves to bake, never dreamed that she would be good enough to attend celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s cooking school. Henry Yi, on the other hand, grew up in the kitchen of his dad’s restaurant in Chicago and dreams of being a professional chef one day. They embark on the adventure of a lifetime, full of challenging cooking and academics, new friendships, and the amazing sights of Paris, desperate to prove themselves while navigating their newfound feelings. Readers will discover that if you take two teenage chefs and add an amazing opportunity at an elite cooking school in Paris where delicious food, pastries, and possibilities are everywhere, then you have the perfect recipe for romance.
[S-Collection S. St873lo]

Cook-a-Bookery

Sometimes, a book inspires you to action. This is particularly true with cookbooks, which have a practical use beyond just perusing. Teachers introducing new cultures and traditions may want to include a tasting lesson. Kids and teens might want to stretch their creative muscles and give a new recipe a try on their own. Parents could begin helping their children develop independent skills in the kitchen, one easy ingredient at a time. Whatever the reason, the S-Collection’s cookbooks are educational, fun…and tasty.
To find cookbooks or books with recipes, try a subject search of “juvenile” combined with a keyword search of “cookbook” and/or “recipe*”; you can add keywords like “vegetarian,” “Indian,” or “dessert” to find your favorite type of cuisine!

Brennan, Georgeanne.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss! 2006.
Pair your favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes with silly, delicious treats like Cat in the Hat Pudding and real Green Eggs and Ham!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S.641.5 B75g]

Chung, Okwha.
Cooking the Korean Way. 2003.
Chung focuses on the rich culture associated with food in Korea while presenting delicious, easy recipes for san jok (vegetable and beef skewers) and other traditional dishes.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59519 C472k]

Cotler, Amy.
My Little House Cookbook. 1996.
Fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series will love a chance to make some frontier food that Laura and her sister might really have eaten.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 W645m]

Dahl, Roald.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. 1994.
Some of the names might not be very appetizing — Stink Bug Eggs and Lickable Wallpaper don’t exactly sound delicious — but Roald Dahl promises to please kids in the kitchen with yummy (and silly) recipes inspired by his beloved books.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 D137r1997]

Frankeny, Frankie.
The Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and Other Galactic Recipes. 2000.
Doesn’t food just taste better when the recipe comes from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Each dish in this cookbook, from salad to dessert, is inspired by a Star Wars character or location.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5 F853S 2000]

Gold, Rozanne.
Kids Cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only 3 Ingredients. 2006.
Kids Cook 1-2-3 is the perfect starting cookbook for even the youngest children. Recipes are friendly to small hands and encourage collaboration between guardians and children in the kitchen; the basic PB & J is represented, but so is more exotic fare, like wasabi-crusted salmon!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 G563k]

Gordon, Lynn.
Messipes: A Microwave Cookbook of Deliciously Messy Masterpieces. 1996.
Ovens aren’t always kid-friendly — but microwaves often are! This sandwich-shaped cookbook spices up favorite recipes but stays simple enough for young ones to follow.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5882 G656m]

Groner, Judith.
Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah. 2012.
The eight nights of Hanukkah can be even sweeter with the recipes in this book; many are paired with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION 641.568 G898m]

Krizmanic, Judy.
The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook. 1999.
New vegetarians of all ages can appreciate the ease and diversity of recipes included in this cookbook; the author also recommends it for parents who unexpectedly find themselves raising — and feeding — a young vegetarian.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5363 K899t]

Ling, Mary.
The Pirate Cook Book. 1997.
Pirate Pete brings kid chefs recipes from the high seas. He recommends the Scurvy Salsa and Salty Dog Snacks!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5 L646C1997]

McCallum, Ann.
Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds. 2014.
Eat Your U.S. History Homework takes hands-on learning to a whole new level! Recipes include succotash from the First Thanksgiving and Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunts to help kids taste the past. Other books in the series include Eat Your Science Homework and Eat your Math Homework.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5973 M124e]

McElmeel, Sharron L.
Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories, and More. 2005.
Children’s book authors from Eric Carle to Yuyi Morales share recipes inspired by their stories — what better way to end a read-out-loud than with a treat!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 061.5 M153a]

Parham, Vanessa Roberts.
The African-American Child’s Heritage Cookbook. 1993.
Parham uses her home economics background to lay out traditional African and African-American recipes in an easy-to-follow way. She includes little history lessons along the way to explain the origins of familiar recipes.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59296703 P217a]

Plotkin, Gregory.
Cooking the Russian Way. 2003.
Those looking for a little borscht will find it here, alongside brief discussions of Russia’s changing political and cultural scenery.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S.641.5947 P724c]

Smithyman, Kathryn.
Native North American Foods and Recipes. 2006.
An effective companion to introductory lessons about the indigenous peoples of North America, this cookbook highlights historical facts while describing — and providing step-by-step instructions to make — recipes that have been part of the diets of different Native Nations.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59 Sm69n]

Vezza, Diane Simone.
Passport on a Plate: A Round-the-World Cookbook for Children. 1997.
Learn about international food customs and etiquette as you make delicacies from the Caribbean, Russia, the Middle East, and more.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59 V649p]

White, Linda.
Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids. 1996.
S’mores and hot dogs are just the beginning in this outdoorsy recipe book. Kids who love camping are sure to love ideas for food they can cook themselves over the fire.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION 641.578 W584c]

Cookbooks for Young Chefs

Learning to prepare simple but tasty meals can be a catalyst for children of all ages to inquire about nutrition, gardening, chemistry, or the daily life and customs of other cultures. However, finding age appropriate titles can be daunting if you aren’t familiar with the way catalogs organize books by subject. To search for cookbooks appropriate for children in the UIUC online catalog, start with the “advanced search” option. Enter “cookery” in the “search for” box, and select “subject words” from the drop down box to the right. In the next row down, enter “juvenile literature” in the “search for” box, and select “subject words” from the drop down box to the right. Be sure to include “literature” with “juvenile” in the second box, or your results will also include fiction books about cooking. This strategy should give you a fairly wide selection of cookbooks for kids of all ages.

We encourage you to explore our extensive collection, but to get you started, we list below a few of our favorite cookbooks for young chefs:

Brennan, Georgeanne.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss! 2006.
Recipes inspired by the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss.
[Education S-Collection Q. S.641.5 B75g]

Dahl, Roald.
Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes. 2001.
The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presents fun and easy recipes, accompanied by creative illustrations and photographs.
[Education S-Collection S.652.5 D137r]

Gold, Roseanne.
Kids Cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only 3 Ingredients. 2006.
Don’t let the title fool you; using 3 ingredients does not have to be bland or boring. Dishes like farfalle pasta with broccoli or roasted chicken are delicious and simple.
[Education S-Collection S.641.5123 G563k]

Gunderson, Mary.
American Indian Cooking Before 1500. 2001.
Part of the Exploring History through Simple Recipes series, this cookbook includes cooking help and recipes. Organized by regions of the United States.
[Education Storage Q. S.394.108997 G955a]

Hardesty, Constance.
Grow Your Own Pizza. 2000.
Provides plans and instructions for growing twenty-six different gardens, with recipes for using what is grown. Gardens and recipes are divided by difficulty level, from easy to advanced.
[Education S-Collection S.635.083 H218g]

Hughes, Meredith Sayles.
Flavor Foods: Spices and Herbs. 2000.
Describes the historical origins, uses, and growing requirements of various spices and herbs, such as pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, horseradish, licorice, and ginger. Includes recipes.
[Education Storage S.633.83 H874f]

Kalman, Bobbie.
Lunch Munch. 2003.
Explores why and how to have a delicious and healthy lunch through nutrition facts and easy recipes for nourishing foods.
[Education S-Collection S.641.5 K126l]

Keller, Thomas.
What’s cooking? A Cookbook for Kids. 2007.
Featuring Disney’s small and unlikely chef, the character Ratatouille, this cookbook shows children how to cook a variety of simple dishes and desserts.
[Education S-Collection S.641.5 W5584]

Lagasse, Emeril.
Emeril’s There’s a Chef in My World! Recipes that Take you Places. 2006.
The popular television chef takes young cooks on an international tour of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
[Education S-Collection S.641.59 L135e]

Parnell, Helga.
Cooking the South American Way. 2003.
An overview of South American cookery, including information about the continent’s holidays and festivals. Features simple recipes, menu planning, and information about low-fat cooking and vegetarian options
[Education Storage S.641.598 P242c2003]

Pearce, Q.L.
Experiments You Can Do In Your Kitchen. 2004.
Less of a cookbook and more of a chemistry manual for beginning scientists, this title features over 60 experiments using common household ingredients.
[Education S-Collection Q. S.507 Exp718]

Smithsonian Institution.
Food and the Kitchen. 1993.
Provides instructions for a variety of experiments and activities involving food, including the making of cheese, the growing of leaves from cut vegetables, and the testing of different foods for their fat content.
[Education S-Collection S.641.5 F739]

White, Linda.
Cooking on a Stick. 1996.
Describes the basic procedures and equipment needed in preparing and cooking simple foods in an outdoor setting. Gives instructions for preparing two dozen foods while outdoors. Includes safety guidelines and basic campfire instructions.
[Education S-Collection S.641.578 W584c]

Yu, Ling.
Cooking the Chinese Way. 2002.
Includes instructions on special ingredients, eating with chopsticks, and low-fat and vegetarian options.
[Education S-Collection S.641.5951 Y9c]