Friday, June 5, 2009

Cooking Fun & Crafting Fun by Rae Grant - Book Review and Giveaway

"Children often enjoy hearing memories about recipes and treats that have a relationship to family history." - Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids by Rae Grant

A wave of nostalgia sweeps over me every time I crack open the pages of two new books, Crafting Fun and Cooking Fun by author Rae Grant. The books with their retro design and classic recipes and crafts, send me back to my childhood and remind me of days spent crafting and cooking with my mom and grandma. Both my mom and grandma can cook up a storm and are just as accomplished sewers and crafters. My own skills can't even begin to compare. Luckily, my kids have also been able to witness the magic in their kitchens and at their sewing machines. Now with the help of Grant's vintage-styled books, I can continue the legacy of good home cooking and simple, classic crafting.

Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids by Rae Grant. St. Martin's Griffin (October 2008); 144 pages; ISBN 9780312377793
If you've been searching for the perfect children's cookbook, Rae Grant's Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids is worth a look. Old-fashioned, comfort food type recipes fill the book, and Grant shares all those familiar recipes that every mother should hand down to her children. Sloppy Joes, pancakes, strawberry shortcake, banana bread, and broccoli soup are a few of the 121 mouth-watering recipes. Nothing fancy and everything homemade, that is how my grandmother cooks and apparently Rae Grant's grandmother as well. The beginning of the book includes a section of kitchen basics and tips, cooking terms, measuring equivalents and even suggestions on keeping a "green" eco-friendly kitchen. Grant's artful use of vintage graphics throughout makes the book eye-pleasing and enticing.

The recipes are divided into the following sections:
Beverages • Toasts, Sandwiches, and Soups • Eggs for Breakfast, Lunch or Supper • Salads and Vegetable Dishes • Meals • Quick Breads and Cakes • Cookies and Simple Desserts

My daughter and I tried out the snickerdoodles recipe on page 124. The name snickerdoodles has always cracked me up since I was a little girl and they really are a perfect snack with milk, a good change from chocolate chip cookies. They turned out excellent, by the way!


Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do With Kids by Rae Grant. St. Martin's Griffin (September 2008); 144 pages; ISBN 9780312377809
My mom ran a licensed daycare out of our home, so I grew up making plenty of crafts. She searched books and magazines for little projects and activities to do with the kids. Some of the classic crafts I remember making can be found right in Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do With Kids like paper drinking cups, waxed paper leaves, snow globes, and tussie-mussies. A few crafts include accompanying factual information like a U.S. State Tree Chart along with the skeleton leaf prints activity. All the projects are ordered by seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Vintage style illustrations grace the pages of the book skillfully arranged by Grant, an experienced book designer. Kids will have fun using simple household materials to construct their crafts, and the easy-to-follow directions tell them exactly what steps to take. Crafting is a perfect way to keep kids occupied during summer vacation!

Related Links:
cookingfunforkids.com
craftingfunforkids.com
Macmillan Books Rae Grant Author Page


Win a copy! Rae Grant and St. Martin's Press have kindly offered to give away (1) copy of Cooking Fun and to a Brimful Curiosities reader and (1) copy of Crafting Fun to a different Brimful Curiosities reader. If you have a preference, leave it in your comment.

To enter, visit cookingfunforkids.com, click on "Recipes to Try" and let me know which recipe name from the list reminds you of food from your childhood. (If you can't access the page, let me know what food brings back childhood memories for you.)

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• Contest ends on Monday, June 22th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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94 comments:

gahome2mom said...

Best Chocolate Pudding made by my mom.

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Pam said...

The applesauce reminds me of my childhood which seems strange because I can only recall making it from scratch once...

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Heather said...

Minta's Apple Crisp for sure, my Mom + Grandmother were always making it growing up!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

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Andrea said...

Best chocolate pudding, standing up on a stool by the stove!

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Infant Bibliophile said...

I'd love to try the baked apples. I'd prefer the craft book, because my son has a gazillion allergies. Looks fantastic - thanks!

Belinda M said...

The Minta’s Apple Crisp reminds me of cold winter nights when I was a child.

Minta’s Apple Crisp

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EllyBean said...

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Tj and Amy said...

I love the lemon bars my mom made them all the time growing up. amsbolda@hotmail.com

valerie2350 said...

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Becky W. said...

Both of these books sound great!! I'd love to have some fun w/ my kiddos with either of them!

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Carlene said...

Both books sound great. When I was young we always made my fathers favorite cookies which were Peanut Butter Cookies. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
carlene
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Danetta said...

Oh, definitely Snickerdoodles. My great grandmother made those every weekend.

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Danetta said...

I blogged
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Danetta said...

I am following on Twitter and tweeted
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throuthehaze said...

rainy day rice pudding...that was my favorite treat as a kid
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fashionfrugality said...

Snickerdoodles! My mom used to make those all the time! Yum!
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judybrittle said...

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese. My favorite as a child and still is today. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted
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Belle said...

Great giveaway - I'd love to be entered for the Crafting Fun giveaway.

Diana D said...

I'll say Minta's apple crisp. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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Lauren S. said...

My mom made the best lemon bars when I was a kid...
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Kristina said...

I would love to win a copy of Cooking Fun!! Those recipes look so good! The brownies make me think of when my mom used to make them while we were in school and they would still be hot when we got off the bus!

dag888888 said...

Peanut butter cookies.. which is my favorite until now!
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Staci said...

Minta's Apple Crisp makes me think of my childhood. I always loved when my mom made it!
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Sue W. said...

Rainy Day Rice Pudding without a doubt. We used to have rice pudding about everyother week when I was young. I still love it but don't eat it as often.

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Sue W. said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog site at:
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Anonymous said...

I am for the baked apples. My children have 3 of the 8 major food allergies, so many of the recipes would have to be altered.

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janetfaye said...

My mom's Rice Pudding.

I would like to enter for Cooking Fun.

Thank you!

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janetfaye said...

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Domanda3 said...

Snickerdoodles reminds me of my mom and home baking. domanda3@gmail.com

Marie said...

My grandma taught me to make Snickerdoodles when I was a kid and I made them for my husband when we were dating and he asks for them all the time even now :-)

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Marie said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted:

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Kristy said...

Ham and Ginger Ale reminds me of my Gma, and Easter sunday! She'd make a huge ham and baste it with ginger ale, and I'd steal sips of the ginger ale, lol! What yummy recipes!

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Kristy said...

Following on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway!

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A grandma now said...

Rice pudding/apple crisp were staples of my childhood.

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Anonymous said...

The "Icebox Cookies" recipe reminds me of my childhood. I would love to win either book, but "cooking Fun" would interest me the most.

JDSG
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darlanpaulsmamma said...

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EllyBean said...

Peanut Butter Cookies.

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Susieqtpie said...

I love the Whipped cream recipe! Once you make whipped cream you'll never want cool whip!

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Susieqtpie said...

I blogged!!!

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tina said...

snickerdoodles i loved when my mom made them thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

marybelle said...

Baked Apples are still one of my favorites on a cold winter's day. A warm delicious treat just like Granny makes.

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Donna said...

I loved when mom made peanutbutter cookies!
I prefer the cookbook.

Colleen said...

brownies...we were big on brownies...who doesnt love them!

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Anonymous said...

Lemon bars remind me of my childhood. My mom used to make some wonderful ones!
renee
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AngelFabs said...

Icebox cookies were always a favorite when I was a kid.
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