5 Minutes for Books:
Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen

by Guest

Over the last decade or so, I’ve amassed a sizable collection of children’s books, for which I’m truly grateful. While most tend to be the standard picture book fare, a small part of the collection is made up of cookbooks written for use with young children. With the release of Carol Odell’s book Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from Classic Children’s Stories, I’ve added a unique and standout item to this part of the collection.

As the title makes evident, this book isn’t merely a series of recipes for children to enjoy, but instead offers excerpts from twenty-one pieces of classic children’s literature, along with a related recipe for families to make as an accompaniment to the reading. When one opts to read a little Winnie-the-Pooh, what better to snack on than a “Bear Honey and Nut Spread?” Or, if Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is your selection, why not share some of “The Queen of Hearts’ Jam Tarts?”

While the stories excerpted here will most likely be familiar to most parents picking up this book to share with their children (at least of my generation or older), I wonder if they are losing their ground with today’s children. I adored The Wind in the Willows and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, but I’m not sure that my oldest child has included either of these in his reading pursuits yet. In addition to offering tasty-sounding recipes for families to make together, this lovely book, complete with inviting watercolor illustrations by Anna Pignataro, will also entice children and their parents to return to the library or comb their home bookshelves for some of the classics!

Our friends at Sleeping Bear Press are graciously offering THREE copies of Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from Classic Children’s Stories for this week’s giveaway. Just leave a comment below, U.S. and Canada residents only, please.

We’ll announce the winners in our July 12th 5 Minutes for Books column.

Our giveaway of a White House local cooking and eating cookbook and another children’s book from Sleeping Bear Press is still open. Enter at From the White House to Your House.

Book blogger Dawn’s cooking skills are far surpassed by her reading skillz. (Yes, they’re good enough to earn a ‘z.’) More wackiness can be found at her blog, my thoughts exactly.



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1 Stacie June 28, 2010 at 12:20 am

My Boys love cooking with me and we really need new recipes!

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2 Tiffany June 28, 2010 at 12:23 am

My girls are always in the kitchen with me, such good helpers! Count me in! Thanks!! :)

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3 Michelle June 28, 2010 at 1:08 am

Oh Please enter McKenna she loves to help out in the kitchen.Thank you so much.

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4 Rachel June 28, 2010 at 1:19 am

I’d love to win this cookbook! The recipes sound so adorable AND delicious! I’d love to have a big Mommy-Daughter party and try these recipes!

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5 Kelly Ann T. June 28, 2010 at 1:34 am

Please enter me Sydney and I love to cook together.

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6 stephanie June 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

Enter me please!

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7 Ticia June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

I love to cook with my kids, and am always on the lookout for more.

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8 Ellen C. June 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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9 Jenifer June 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

I would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance!

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10 Stephanie's Mommy Brain June 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

I love the concept of this book. What better way to enjoy a story than to have an activity and snack related to it?!

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11 Donna C. June 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

What a delightful book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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12 LT June 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

This sounds super cute! My daughter really enjoys helping me in the kitchen!

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13 Beth June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

Sounds like a great book! Thanks!

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14 Carolyn June 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

What fun! Please enter me!

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15 From Diapers To Dorms June 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

We have a house full of children who love to try to help out with food preparations. We’d be thrilled to have this book. Thanks for the chance.

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16 Mom24 June 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

My kids would love this, it’s right up their alley. Thanks for the chance.

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17 Jamie M June 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

My kids are always wanting to help in the kitchen, what a fun way to do that and read them the classics at the same time. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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18 Billy Pollock June 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

What a great opportunity! Thank you so much!

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19 Tomi June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Sounds like an adorable cookbook! May inspire more family reading time!

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20 Benita June 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Great giveaway! Please count me in.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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21 Tammy June 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Would love to win this!

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22 TopazTook June 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

My daughter loves to help cook. Our whole family loves to read, and this looks like an awesome book!

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23 Jaime June 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

So fun! My 4 year old loves to be in the kitchen with me!

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24 Amy June 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm

This sounds like something we’d really enjoy!

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25 katklaw777 June 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway…….count me in!

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26 Marj McClendon June 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I love cooking with my grandchildren and they always seemed to enjoy it too. I have 2 left that cook with me and the oldest I now help her when I am there. lol

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27 Kathryn Jones June 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I’m always looking for ways to get my 5yr old son into the kitchen…his attention might be easier to keep if reading stories is involved!

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28 Linda Kish June 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I’d love a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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29 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews June 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I love that this is something my son and I can enjoy together.

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30 blueviolet June 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

What a fun book to share with the kids!

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31 Jen June 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm

looks like a great book…hope to win!

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32 Terra Heck June 29, 2010 at 6:55 am

This would be great to share with my children. Thanks.

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33 Cynthia Mercado June 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

I would love to win this! My son and I would have more fun time together.

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34 Idaho Jill June 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

I have many fond memories of cooking with my mom when I was young – and hope to do the same with my daughter, thanks!

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35 Lori Ferguson June 29, 2010 at 10:20 am

Stories and Food. What could be better fun? I’d love to use this book with my friends’ little ones who visit! (my imagination is going wild planning the party …)

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36 debp June 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

What a fun cookbook. It really brings to life the stories.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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37 mary simonton June 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

my grandaughters love helping in the kitchen and they love to read what a great givaway thanks

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38 Desiree Rutter June 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

My kids and I need something fun to do this summer! Pick me! :)

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39 Tracey Haynes June 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

I would love to win this for our family – it would help tie in so many stories with something in real life for my youngest daughter especially who has some delays. Our oldest would love the tie-in to her favorite stories as well! Great giveaway! :)

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40 cinni June 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

what a FUN book topic! My kids love to cook and help out in the kitchen. Thx!

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41 tracy June 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Cooking with your children not only is great family time it also helps instill good eating habits in children. Also, everything always tastes better when you make it yourself, the same goes for your children, they will be much more willing to try foods that they themselves took part in creating.

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42 Alison S. June 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I would love this book!!

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43 veedee June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Perfect for our little one!

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44 Sheri June 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

This sounds like a great book ! What an awesome combination!

I would love to win a copy for a gift for my niece that loves to cook!!

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45 Jill H. June 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm

My girls would love this, they love to cook, and oldest loves to read, what a wonderful way to introduce new characters and stories!

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46 tennille June 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I love this idea! What great fun to have a matching snack. Hmmmmm what can I serve with all the truck and train books I’m reading lately?

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47 nan lara June 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

would love this, thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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48 Elizabeth June 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

this looks like such a fun book!

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49 Staci A June 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm

My son loves to be in the kitchen. We make something together at least once a week, so I’m sure he would love this. It sounds like a great book!

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50 Amy W July 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

What a great idea. I love to cook and would love to be able to cook with my little one or even my niece and nephews when they visit.

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51 Hailey July 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

We love good cookbooks! Count me in!

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52 Jen N July 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for a great giveaway. My kids and I enjoy trying new recipes in the kitchen!

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53 Katrina July 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I would love to win and share with my daughter

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54 Michelle July 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I need some new recipes and would love a new cookbook to do just that!

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55 Page Turner / Heather July 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book! It would be such fun to make book-themed recipes with my kids!

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56 Amanda Starr July 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

Looks very fun!

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57 Wendy M July 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

This sounds like a fun book.
wmmahaney(at)att’(dot)net

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58 Beth C July 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Please enter me. Thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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59 Upstatemomof3 July 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Oh I LOVE this type of book. And my son finds it so fun to do that kind of thing.

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60 Lisa July 5, 2010 at 4:28 am

What a great giveaway.

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61 Jaimie K July 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

Wow, enter me! This looks so fun!

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62 Shannon July 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

count me in!

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63 kathy July 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

my daughter loves helping in the kitchen!

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64 Dena July 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book.

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65 Dee July 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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66 Casey July 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Sounds like some fun recipes to share with my daughter. Thanks1

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67 Adele July 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

This sounds like a delightful book. Would love to share it with my grandson.

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68 Mary-Frances C. July 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I make my girls “butterfly” sandwiches, but would like some more ideas. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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69 Val A July 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Looks like a delightful book!

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70 Mozi Esmes Mom July 10, 2010 at 12:55 am

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/07/once-upon-time-in-kitchen.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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71 Amanda A July 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I would love to win this – thanks!

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72 Terry Mac July 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Would we ever love to be chosen one of the three lucky winners of this cookbook.

Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway! (We love to cook as a family, and try out new recipes… well, we cook together once a week, and it is fun!)

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73 Ellie July 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This book has all of my favorite books in it! I’d love to be a fairytale chef with my kids.

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74 T.J. July 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

What a great idea for a family cookbook. Please count me in! We are a reading family!

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