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National Geographic Kids Cookbook Review & Giveaway: “A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure”

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National Geographic Kids Cookbook Review & Giveaway: "A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure"

Going through each issue of National Geographic Kids has become one of my go-to bonding experiences with my granddaughter, Ava. You know the best thing about the magazine? It doesn’t dumb anything down for children, and it’s educational AND fun. Plus, they’ve recently come out with a National Geographic Kids Cookbook, which has been a huge gift to our family. Being healthy isn’t easy, and kids these days are prone to demanding ice cream and chocolate before anything else. But with this cookbook, I was able to teach Ava the importance of being healthy without sounding like I was preaching it to her.

The cookbook issue has several recipes for healthy meals, but most of all, it’s easy to approach and brings a new joy to cooking and eating healthy. National Geographic explorer and master chef Barton Seaver has created several new and fresh recipes that are simple and uncomplicated, and has kindly shared those recipes over the course of the magazine. Plus, there’s a huge section devoted to the positive aspects of eating healthy, and again, that was one of the biggest reasons that I so highly recommend this book. It’s much easier teaching kids these things by showing them as opposed to simply telling them. Plus, there so many food-related challenges and fun activities that it doesn’t even feel like work. Instead, it feels like we’re back in third grade, playing with our easy bake oven and trying to bake cookies from cookie dough. Granted, you won’t find cookie dough in this magazine, but instead, a series of recipes focused on bringing the right balance of nutrients for a child’s growing body. Plenty of vegetables and fruits, and recipes that won’t be too far-fetched for a kid to pull off on their own. After all, this is National Geographic Kids.

Some of the fun activities that the magazine takes us on are teaching you to plant a kitchen garden, pack the ‘perfect’ school lunch, creating snacks for snow day [especially helpful up in the north], and host dinner parties. In fact, after reading the book and going over the recipes, Ava decided to make a delicious lunch for all of us, and with our help, managed to pull off a wonderful and healthy meal – albeit a simple one.

There’s also a section on ways to ‘play with your food’ [your kids ought to have a field day with this one], festive meals for holiday season, and cooking competitions for the whole family to get involved in. The competitions were a wonderful way to get us all involved, and they played a big part in some epic bonding sessions – and also made a mess of our kitchen, but who’s counting.

In addition to all the educational recipes and activities, the magazine also throws in some fun facts about the recipes, cool tidbits about real people, and some highly entertaining side bars.

Basically, if you’ve ever gotten read an issue of National Geographic Kids before, you’ll know roughly what to expect, but place it all in a food-related context. It’s the same type of layout with similar activities for the kids to get involved in, but instead of going exploring in the wild or learning about animals, this focuses on the food. But the difference in Ava’s response to food after reading this book has been night-and-day, and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to instill some healthy eating habits in their kids or grandkids.

We will also be giving away one National Geographic Kids Cookbook to one lucky winner! The issue is most appropriate for kids from 8 – 12, but really, there’s no age limit. They need to be old enough to understand the recipes, but it’s really a book that an entire family can get behind.

THE GIVEAWAY

The contest is open to both residents of the USA and Canada and will run until October 13th, 2014.  Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter below, give it a minute or two to come up!  I will notify the winner by e-mail and you have 72-hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.  Good Luck!!

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Disclosure: I’m part of the National Geographic Kids Insider program. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  All the opinions on this blog are my own.

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56 Comments

  1. Chrissy says

    This looks like a great book, my kids would love it! Entered 🙂

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  3. Emily Smith says

    I want this book for my three boys

  4. Scott says

    The book would be perfect for my youngest who really loves helping in the kitchen!

  5. Amy says

    MY LITTLE ONES WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS,,,

    AMY

  6. Lesley says

    This looks like a really good book, I would love to explore it further. I hope I win the giveaway!

  7. becca says

    It’s always fun to cook with kids and this would be a gret way to ge started.

  8. AnitaB says

    When my kids were little we actually subscribed to the National Geographics kids magazine. I love that they have a cookbook! A subscription to this would actually make a great gift.

  9. Pam says

    My kids both used to love Natural Geographic Kids. This cookbook would have been right up their alley.

  10. Tough Cookie Mommy says

    I love National Geographic for kids. Their books are illustrated beautifully and contain some wonderful information.

  11. Angela Skelton says

    This cookbook would be great to cook with my nephews. They might not think they like cooking but they do like NGK!

  12. Debra Holloway says

    I want this cookbook for my grandson. He loves good food. He also loves helping and watching his mommy and his Maw Maw in the kitchen.

  13. April says

    My kids would love this book! I am just starting to teach them about cooking.

  14. Jayne Cameron says

    This Book would be a great gift for My Grand Daughter who loves to cook with Mom.

  15. Melissa Vera says

    I would give this book to my youngest daughter. She loves to be in the kitchen with me.

  16. Sarah Bailey says

    What an amazing sounding cookbook – sounds just great for helping people learn to cook.

  17. Stefany says

    This sounds like a really neat cookbook! My daughter loves to get involved in the kitchen so she would really like this one.

  18. Kim F says

    I want this cookbook for my grandson, Aidan. He is only 5 years old, but already loves cooking, like his father.

  19. Lori says

    This book would be perfect for my little chefs. I hope I win!

  20. Pam says

    This book seems to have everything. I love that it is educational and reaches out to kids with respect and doesn’t “dumb” things down like you said. This would make a very unique gift for kids this holiday season. I love it!

  21. Eileen says

    I have a 27 year old daughter who is just now learning to cook. Maybe this would work for her. I guess its never too late to learn. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. Kay says

    Would love to share this with my grandchildren when they are over to help with the cooking!

  23. Jess says

    my niece and nephew would absolutely love this! good luck to everyone who enters 🙂 xo, jess @ dreamingofleaving.com

  24. Tina M. says

    I would like this for my kids 🙂

  25. Heidi Embrey says

    I would like to give this cookbook to my children for Christmas. Thanks 🙂

  26. Monica Nuss says

    my kids

  27. amy pugmire says

    I’ve got 3 young kids. I would love to win this for them.

  28. Lisa Williams says

    My kids love helping in the kitchen and they are always asking to cook something and this book would be great for that.

  29. Michelle says

    I would give this to my daughter if I won.

  30. Deborah D says

    My nephew

  31. Elizabeth Smith says

    I would like to win this for my new grandchildren who have never learned to eat anything except fast food and pizza because of their mother’s stroke when they were babies. They will now eat homemade pizza and apples with peanut butter, but it is a huge struggle.

  32. Melodi Steinberg says

    my 12 year old is just getting into cooking. This looks perfect!

  33. Nick says

    I want to make these recipes LOL!

  34. Elizabeth says

    I would love to win this Cookbook for my Grandkids…10 & 7.

  35. Alexia H. says

    I would like to win this for my 10 year old son!

  36. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I would love to win this for my son and me. We would have a blast spending time together cooking!

  37. Eloise Carlson says

    I would love to win this for both of my daughters to share so they could do some cooking together in the kitchen! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

  38. Katie Bellamy says

    I would love this for my kids!

  39. Pamela King says

    how much fun it is to cook with your kids. This will be a great gift to give to my nieces and nephews…well their mom! Thanks for the giveaway

  40. crystal sheckles-gibson says

    My daughter would love this book. I love teaching her my recipes and finding new ones to prepare with her.

  41. Joy says

    my daughter and I!

  42. Robyn Bellefleur says

    This would be great for my daughter.

  43. Debbie Bray says

    This book is for my niece

  44. Lilia Kharabora says

    This would be for my kids Niko and Estella. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  45. Crystal Corbi says

    I would love this book! I have two young kids and we’d love to cook from this book.

  46. Alexandra Young says

    My daughter would love this book! I definitely need to keep an eye out for it next time I visit a book store!

  47. Tara O. says

    I’d love to win this cookbook for my daughter!

  48. Janice Dean says

    My grandson would love this book! Thanks

  49. terra j sweeps says

    This would be for my house for when the grandkids come visit.

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