Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook – Review and Giveaway

As August wains and children become restless for the want for better learning (“back to school”). Boredom sets in and many kids need fun things to do.  Well here is the answer, a cookbook for you Kids!  Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook, by Mark Beach and Julie Kaufman, published by Harold Press, is an extension of the grown-up version of Simply in Season, previously featured.

About the Book

This beautifully colourful and appealing book is all about eager hands, messy gooey hands and proud hands.  This cookbook takes the “little hands” out to the garden and into the kitchen and as well around the kitchen table to enjoy fresh homemade goodness that even a kid can make.  Involve your children when opening and washing and preparing your veggie box, and discover with them the fascinating world of cooking, which is really a lesson in chemistry after all.

“Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook will help children make the connection between what they eat, where it comes from, and when it is in season. This colourful and chock-full-of-photos cookbook makes it easy and fun for children to think and cook in season and to center food around the table and give thanks for it.”

“Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook is an imaginative, active way to invite kids of all ages, but especially 6-to-12-year-olds, to get in touch with real food to see where it comes from, to take responsibility for preparing it, and to have fun in the process. Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook promotes whole foods in a whole life experience—from growing foods to growing kids!” —Mary Beth Lind, co-author of Simply in Season”

My Thoughts

I think this Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook would be great for any kid,  young or old, even a beginner cook who is not a kid would get a whole lot of stuff out of this book.  At the beginning, it, much like the grown-up version Simply in Season, has plenty of photos of the veggies and how they grow, and a description of what goes with that food, all put together seasonally.  For instance, did you know spinach likes to “hang out” with cheese and eggs in Quiche, in salad with strawberries, on sandwiches or in dips?   I found too many recipes to name that sound great to prepare.  There is a recipe for ice cream, Green Cheese Squares, which would be great for family brunch, Secret Chocolate Cake is one cake that I will be attempting to make.  There are “secret” ingredients of which will remain secret until you make it.  Tater Soup sounds like it could rival that of your mother’s, and the Stoplight Salad will have them stopped in their tracks when you tell them you made it yourself. (with minimal help)

Book Highlight


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  • 3 eggs

Crack eggs into a small bowl. Beat well.  Add eggs to large mixing bowl.

  • 2 cups milk, yogurt, rice milk, almond milk or combination
  • 2 cups corn (off the cob) optional

Add to mixing bowl and stir together.  Pour into greased casserole dish, square baking pan or mini bread pans. Bake in preheated oven 40 minutes.  (Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.) Cut into wedges and serve.

I believe this recipe would be great for lunches kids, for when you go back to school and have to take a lunch box.  You can eat it with your fingers and have it with a piece of string cheese and an apple perhaps.  It is also great made without the corn, which is then called “Johnny Cake” and used for breakfast with butter and maple syrup poured over top.  Always a favourite in my house.

Contest Details

Hey all you young and young at heart members, leave a comment and get a chance to win this cookbook for yourself or a little friend who you know would love to try out these recipes.  This week, along with your comment about the cookbook, please tell me what (past or present) food is (or was) your most or least favourite in your school lunch box?  Good Luck!

Want your own copy even if you don’t win? Added Bonus Benefit! By purchasing your copy of Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook you not only enhance your own life—you help improve the lives of poor people through the Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite churches. Proceeds from the sale of Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook are used by MCC in its work of improving the lives of poor people around the world. You can buy it at Ten Thousand Villages here in London, or online where I received mine:

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Congratulations to Christa and her little ones who were the lucky winners this week of this fun cookbook.  We look forward to hearing from them, the fun things they will have the chance to create together in their kitchen as the children grow.  Have Fun!

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2 Responses to Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook – Review and Giveaway

  1. Christa Cox says:

    This sounds like a fun book!! I am all about cook books with lots of great pictures and it makes it that much more enjoyable to sit down with Avery and look at the pictures to try and decide what we can make.

    Believe it or not, one of my favourite lunch time meals was served only at Grandma’s…brown sugar sandwich’s on fresh white bread with butter!! Although I am sure that my little ones would love it, I wouldn’t dream of giving it to them now! I am happy to report that they are loving the great selection that we get each week from Farmer Mervin and it is such a great feeling when I realize that they are developing healthy attitudes about food……Thanks for helps us provide healthy choices for our growing little monkeys!


  2. Becky says:

    What a great looking book. I love the Simply in Seasons cookbook and this looks fantastic. I have baked/cooked with my kids sine they were both young. Eli just likes to eat the food these days but Inessa loves to cook and bake at every opportunity. I find that cooking with food we have either grown ourselves or gotten in our CSA box help them to feel even more connected to and enthusiastic about the process.

    Even though I grew up on a farm, when I was a kid I ate a lot of processed food and loved to get “Flakies” and “Lunchables” (yuck) in my lunch. As an adult I eat very differently (the complete opposite, really). My favorite lunch and one my kids love as well is Nettle Pesto on pasta (delicious even cold) along with watermelon and a few raw almonds. Yum!


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