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The Vegetarian Cookbook: More than 50 Recipes for Young Cooks

Written by DK publishers

My son and his family are vegetarians. I wondered if there were any vegetarian cookbooks for children. So I went searching and, lo and behold, there were quite a few!

I found one that looked good to me (on the internet), it was the right age grouping for my grandson, and the description seemed like it was laid out in a way that was easy to use and simple enough for a young child. I bought it. Well, much to my chagrin, this book was not child friendly or, in my case, adult friendly. All the measurements were in grams, the photos showing the steps were too small (about 16 on an 8×10 page), and the photos had no instructions. At any rate it was totally unsuitable for me (master’s degree in Home ‘Ec’ and a Montessori 3-6 credentialed teacher) or for my grandson (5 years old, loves to eat and cook, and goes to a Montessori school). What a disappointment!

Today, I looked again and found a beautiful book by DK publishers with beautiful photos, an introductory section with kitchen rules, equipment, and healthy eating with food groups. Once the child is prepared, we get into the recipes that include breakfasts, snacks, lunches, drinks, entrées, and sweets. There are easy-to-follow steps with one photo and brief written instructions for each step. Everything looks delicious, as DK is masterful with their photographic illustrations. I can’t wait to cook with my grandson next time he comes over. The recipes would work for 4–8-year-olds and their parents or some other adults who love to eat and cook! It can be found on