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Launched in 2008, the Cooking collection was established to address the needs and interests of elementary school students and their families. The collection encompasses all aspects of food—from growing to harvesting, preparation, and consumption. The materials address topics including individual ingredients, regional cuisines, historical periods, as well as nutrition, and careers in cooking. Branching out from traditional cookbooks written for children, the Cooking collection also includes food- and cooking-themed fiction, picture books, and poetry, as well as professional resources for teaching with these materials. Since the collection has become digital, and therefore accessible to students city-wide, the scope has expanded to include materials for K-12.
Some Essential Questions for Research:
- What does food reflect and influence culture and identity? Why are certain food traditions important to a culture?
- How is food impacted by the environment?
- How do my food choices make a difference in my health (nutrition)?
- How have changes in technology affected cooking?
Feeding America - Michigan State University
Feeding America is an online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The digital archive includes 76 cookbooks from the MSU Libraries' collection as well as searchable full-text transcriptions.
The aim of the online collection is to highlight an important part of America's cultural heritage for teachers, students, researchers investigating American social history, professional chefs, and lifelong learners of all ages.
Food Curriculum + Standards
Pilot Light Food Education Center
The Food Education Center includes Pre-K-12 lessons for students that make it easy to integrate food education into existing curricula and to inspire your students’ curiosity while continuing to build informed relationships with food. Pilot Light was started with chefs and teachers partnering together using food in the classroom as a tool to teach traditional school subjects, and now all teachers can use Pilot Light’s free lesson plans for their students!
Food Education Standards
Includes grade-specific competencies, K-12 and lesson plans
Cheryl Wolf, Librarian
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Highlights from the Collection (Print Books)
Dorie's Cookies by
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
James Beard Award-winner for Best Baking and Dessert Book 2017 All-new collection from a "revered icon" and "culinary guru" (New York Times). Over the course of her baking career, Dorie Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes.
The Forest Feast for Kids by
Call Number: 641.5 GLE
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
The Forest Feast for Kids includes the most kid-friendly favorites from The Forest Feast, along with 20 new recipes, plus ideas for kids' parties and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques, measurements, and other helpful kitchen aides. The first children's cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make.
The World in My Kitchen by
Call Number: 641.8 BRO
Publication Date: 2016-07-26
Imagine a book that transports kids thousands of miles away with the fresh, healthy dishes of different lands. This book leads little people to explore countries and cuisines to try themselves. Simple recipes, using fresh, healthy and easy-to-source ingredients, with suggested substitutions, will open up different tastes, aromas and cuisines.
Kid in the Kitchen by
Publication Date: 2020-11-10
The New York Times Food columnist and beloved home cooking authority welcomes the next generation of chefs into the kitchen with 100 recipes that are all about what YOU think is good. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND TOWN & COUNTRY Whether you're new to cooking or you already rock that kitchen, these 100 recipes make it easy to cook what you like, exactly how you like it. In Kid in the Kitchen, Melissa Clark, who has been cooking with her own kid for years, takes you step-by-step through how to understand and create each dish. These recipes are fun, insanely delicious, and will help you become a confident cook.
Recipes from across the U.S.A. , with state food symbols and state agricultural products
The Food Museum: Exploring and Celebrating Food
An online museum dedicated to discovering, exploring and promoting the world's foods, their histories, and relevance today.
Food Network: Cooking with Kids
Check out easy kid-friendly recipes and tips from Food Network to get the whole family in the kitchen.
The Food Timeline
Ever wonder how the ancient Romans fed their armies? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? So do we!!! Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some experts say it's impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods are not invented; they evolve. We make food history fun.
The Great American Potluck
From the Library of Congress, a database of recipes from immigrants from around the world, and the stories behind them.
Garden education site; includes "Edible Gardens" section.
Kids Cooking Activities
This site provides simple recipes and how-to videos for kids, as well as tips for safety and ease.
The Kids Cooking Network
A "Virtual Kids' Food News Magazine™"
A great selection of children's cookbooks and recipes.
Science of Cooking
Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.
Spatulatta: Cooking for Kids
This website provides recipes that kids can help make with an adult. The creators of this website wrote a cookbook called "The Spatulatta Cookbook" by Isabella and Olivia Gerasole.
Young Chefs Program
Hand-on cooking education resources. Includes lesson plans for instructor use, in addition to a number of recipes for an academic or home setting.
Waffles + Mochi
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