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Storytime DIY: Test Kitchen for Young Chefs

Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs Storytime DIY

Are you ready to get your hands [safely] dirty?

Honorary children's librarians (that's YOU!): get ready for Storytime DIY. This do-it-yourself afternoon is a great way to make a book come to life with hands-on crafts, cooking, science and more.

Made for kids age 5 – 12, but good for kids of all ages and kids at heart. Don't miss these - get them each week in your email by subscribing heresign up for social stories email


Test Kitchen for Young Chefs




The Complete Cookbook for Young ChefsThe Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen

by America's Test Kitchen

Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover?

It's all here!

Learn to cook like a pro-it's easier than you think. For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf.

Check out this book now on Hoopla.




Talk about these questions with your kids as you read the book.

  • Do you think kids can be chefs? Why or why not?
  • Which recipes would you like to try for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and a snack?
  • What is your favorite recipe from this book?
  • What is your least favorite recipe from this book?



Dinner and a Book!Book and food

Make a themed dinner for your family! Think of a food theme that interests you, along with matching recipes from the book. 

Don’t forget to pair this meal with the perfect book reading! There is nothing better than the lively conversation of a book over a fantastic meal.

Example food themes:

  • Southwestern
  • Heart & Soul
  • Fiesta
  • Giving Thanks
  • Magical Mystery
  • Family Favorites
  • Summer BBQ
  • Pizza Extravaganza
  • Fair Food
  • Fresh from the Farm, 
  • and many more!


You can even try this idea for breakfast, lunch, and snacks!

What did you make? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram or send us an email with a picture of your project to and we might share it with our fans!




Your Own Recipe

Feeling creative? Grab your notebook and create your own YOU-Inspired recipe.

As you write, think about the combination of flavors and ingredients you like. Be sure to include an ingredients list and cooking instructions.




RestaurantKids playing restaurant

Play restaurant at home! Begin by thinking of a restaurant name and make the sign.

Next, create a menu of the foods that will be featured in your restaurant, along with prices.

Have others to order from the menu. You can serve pretend food or real food – it’s up to you!




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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Jacksonville Public Library