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Recipe Books

Written in both Spanish and English, this book is an outstanding introduction to apple production for young readers. The story follows a young apple grower from the farm to the market and ties in with math and science education. A great book for the classroom!

Packed with loads of information about apples and how they grow, this book takes readers on an alphabetical journey through the apple orchard to the kitchen and includes a recipe for homemade applesauce!
 

One family’s journey picking apples and making applesauce.

A boy and grand-mother pair team up to make several batches of applesauce throughout apple season. They pick the best apples from the farmers market and work together in the kitchen to craft this delicious, seasonal treat. Step-by-step instructions and a detailed recipe are included to help readers recreate Grandma’s applesauce.

This book takes readers on one family’s journey of collecting fruits and vegetables from the woods, orchards, and garden all year long. Along the way, the family works together to put up applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and other delicious treats for the winter. You’ll find recipes in the back.

The animals on the Nuthatcher’s farm are tired of eating the same thing every day. One day, the rooster watches a cooking show and learns to make a delicious salsa that stops everyone’s grumbling. This book includes a recipe for Rooster’s Roasted Salsa.
 

The big, brown rooster wants to make a strawberry shortcake, so he enlists the help of his friends, Turtle, Iguana, and Pig. Together they learn to cook and try to make a delicious treat. This book contains lots of cooking tips and information and is a great introduction to cooking for a child.

This cookbook for kids follows Herb on his vegetarian cooking adventures, from his Grandma teaching him to cook to being asked to cook for the King and Queen! With recipes for Veggie Burgers, Risotto, and Salsa, families can read this book together and cook alongside Herb while following his flavorful journey.

Ten ants find that a cucumber has fallen and blocked the entrance to their home. The ants are strong, but the cucumber is too heavy for them to move alone. Find out what other garden critters come to the rescue! Do you see any of these insects in your garden? Don’t forget to try the recipe!
This book is available in both English and Spanish.

The only kind of soup that the duck, squirrel, and cat eat and enjoy is pumpkin soup, but when they can’t find a ripe pumpkin they are forced to try something new! This book includes a recipe for pink beet soup.