Monday, March 2, 2009

Picture Yourself Cooking With Your Kids!

Get ready to make some culinary memories with your children or grandchildren. "Picture Yourself Cooking with Your Kids" is just the cookbook to help you and your children create deliciously healthy meals.

Beth Sheresh of Kitchen Mage has taken her writing beyond her blog to her own cookbook published through Course Technology Cengage Learning.

I know many of us bloggers dream of getting our books published, so I'm spreading the word of her success and hope you will support her, especially since her book does deserve to become a beloved family heirloom on your bookshelf.

First of all, let me tell you how pleased I was to see that she did not talk down to children. If you've looked for children's cookbooks, you already know how difficult it is to find a quality book which has not dumbed down the recipes and text.

This cooking text would also be great for adult beginner cooks, since unlike most cookbooks, it is not simply a series of recipes that take for granted that you already know how to cook and are familiar with cooking jargon.

Beth's "Picture Yourself Cooking with Your Kids" also has real recipes, not just snacks. A family can eat real and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. There's even a convenient Freezes Well graphic for such recipes. This cookbook will help you share with children memories and cooking skills that will last a lifetime.

In some sections she speaks to the parents, in others to the children, and throughout the book you will find lots and lots of full-color photos to help children see step by step what to expect.

In addition to the easy-to-follow directions and photos, Beth has put together an essential section called A Cook's Primer with headings like Organic Food, Helping Kids Eat Better, Dealing With Picky Eaters, Defensive Shopping, Stretching Your Food Budget and Making a Kid-Friendly Kitchen.

"Picture Yourself Cooking" is chock-full of colorful boxes to catch everybody's attention with Notes, Cook's Tips and Try This variations, packing lots of information in an easy-to-spot, undaunting format.

Beth put a lot of thought and work into this book. And like with most nonfiction books, a lot of people helped Beth create "Picture Yourself Cooking with Your Kids." Most of her contributors are fellow bloggers you might be interested in, so I'm linking to each one of them.

Michelle Stern: Owner of What's Cooking, a children's cooking school;
Sarah Jackson: Writes a photo, food and craft blog at;
Susan Thomas: Shares recipes, photos and life on a 240-acre sheep farm at Farmgirl Fare;
Bryanna Owens: Writer, photographer and art director, she Plays Well With Food;
Ryan MacMichael: Freelance writer for vegetarian topics who blogs at;
Jessie Voigts, PhD: Publishes the travel site;
Kevin D. Weeks: Former computer programmer turned chef, blogs at;
The Inn at Lucky Mud: Shared recipes,;
The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm: Shared recipes,;
Katrina Hall: She's In The Kitchen with a Blogger blog;
B H Neely: Is a black-and-white travel photographer based in Greece --;
Jaime Prosser: Web developer who loves to cook, but didn't have a website listed.

In addition to her primary website, Kitchen Mage, Beth Sheresh writes at A Year In Bread and has a regular column, The Kitchen Mage's Apprentice at She also writes a blog for her Picture Yourself Cooking with Your Kids cookbook.

Category: COOKING
Publish Date: 10/24/2008
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-59863-558-4
Pages: 245
Size: 7-1/4" x 9"
Publisher: Course Technology Cengage Learning
Beth Sheresh's Website:
Picture Yourself Website:


  1. Joy, thank you for the great review. I particularly appreciate your praise of the Cook's Primer; I fought hard to keep all those pages in just before it went to press! Also, thanks for listing everyone who helped. I could not have done it without them.

  2. You are very welcome, Beth. It was a pleasure to carefully go through your cookbook and our family has enjoyed making several delicious meals together from your cookbook. I'm so glad you won the battle to keep the primer. As I said in the review, it is an essential part of the book.


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