Additional Activity

for all chefs including teachers, parents & students

a traditional folk tale

Stone Soup

Hear the Story


Books We Use


On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Harold McGee, Simon and Schuster, 2004

What Einstein Told His Cook

Robert L. Wolke, W.W. Norton and Co., 2002 (also What Einstein Told His Cook 2, 2005)

Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser, Houghton Mifflin, 2001

Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes, Collins, 2006

What To Eat

Marion Nestle, North Point Press, 2006

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Young readers Edition, Michael Pollan, Penguin Books (USA) Inc, 2009

In Defence of Food

Michael Pollen, Penguin Press, 2008,

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Michael Pollen, Penguin Books, 2009, Illustrated version, 2011

Why Shouldn’t I Eat Junk Food

Kate Knighton, Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Peter Menzel and Faith d’Aluisio, Ten Speed Press, 2005

Food From Around the World: A Cultural Perspective

Margaret McWilliams, Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2007

Food Lover’s Companion

Sharon Tyler Herbst, Barron’s Educational Series, 2001

“Grow BC” A Guide to BC’s Agriculture Resources

The British Columbia Agriculture In the Classroom Foundation, 2002

Starting from Scratch: What you Should Know about Food and Cooking

Sarah Elton, Owl Kids Books, 2014

Chew On This

Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Chef Barb's

Favourite Three

All Four Stars

All Four Stars

Strong female character, Gladys, is also a young chef.

The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap

Great book about understanding other cultures and people through food. Written by Queen Rania Al Abdullah ofJordan.

Crusader's Curse

Crusader's Curse

Super novel series with strong male characters, Neil - a young chef.

Food-related books

for many classroom activities

Food for Thought, The Stories Behind the Things We Eat

Ken Robbins, Roaring BrookPress, 2009

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Lauren Child, Candlewick Press, 2003

Food Play

Saxton Freymann, Joost Elffers, Chronicle Books, 2006

How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods

Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, Scholastic, 1999

Everything on a Waffle

Polly Horvath, Douglas and McIntyre, 2001

Chicks and Salsa

Aaron Reynolds and Paulette Bogan, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2007

Duck Soup

Jackie Urbanovic, Harper Collins, 2008

Fairy Tale Feasts

Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Philippe Beha, Tradewind Books, 2006

Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast

Crescent Dragonwagon, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1987

Alfalfabet A to Z: The Wonderful Words for Agriculture

Carol Watterson and Michela Sorrentino, BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, 2009

Compost Stew, An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Mary McKenna Siddals, Tricycle Press, 2010

Everybody Cooks Rice

Norah Dooley, Carolrhoda Books, 1991

Pumpkin Soup

Helen Cooper, Picture Corgi Book, 1999

Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant

April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane Books, 2011

To Market, To Market

Nikki McClure, Abrams, 2011

Memories of a Farm Kitchen

Bob Artley and Rob Artley, Pelican Publishing Co, 2010

Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm

Deborah Hodge, Kids Can Press 2010

Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

Deborah Hodge, Kids Can Press 2011

Series: Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes; Apples Cherries, Red Raspberries

Yogurt and Cheeses and Ice Cream That Pleases; Oils (Just a Bit) to Keep Your Body Fit

Black Beans and Lamb, Poached Eggs and Ham; Macaroni and Rice and Bread by the Slice

Brian P. Cleary, Millbrook Press, 2011

Adventures of Cow Too, by Cow, as told to Lori Kolchak

Tricycle Press, 2007

Applesauce Season

Eden Ross Lipson, Roaring Brook Press, 2009

I Do Not Eat the Colour Green

Lynne Richards, Hodder Children’s Books, 2010

The Sandwich Swap

Her Majesty Queen Rania with Kelly DiPucchio, Hyperion Books, 2010

Suzie’s Sourdough Circus

Kathy Sager, Lost Moose, 2011

What’s for Lunch: How School Children Eat Around the World

Andrea Curtis, Red Deer Press, 2012

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox: The Story of Food

Chris Butterworth, Candlewick Press, 2011


Aaron Reynolds, Chronicle Books, 2013

Stone Soup

Jon J. Muth, Scholastic Press, 2003 (one of the many versions of this tale)

good food, good read

Recipe books

National Geographic Kids Cook Book

Barton Seaver, National Geographic Kids, 2013

The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal At A Time

Laurie David, Grand Central Life and Style, 2010

The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook

Elizabeth Baird, Random House, 2001

Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids

Stephanie Alexander, Penguin Group (Australia), 2006

The Spatulatta Cookbook

Isabella and Olivia Gerasole, Scholastic, 2007

The Good Food Book for Families

Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch, Random House Canada, 2008

Good Food to Go: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch, Random House Canada, 2011

Fanny at Chez Panisse

Alice Waters, Harper Perennial, 1992

Pretend Soup

Molly Katzen, Tricycle Press, 1994 (Also Honest Pretzels, 1999, Salad People, 2005)

Knead It, Punch It, Bake It

Judith and Evan Jones, Houghton Mifflin, 1998

The Kids Can Press Jumbo Cookbook

Judy Gillies, Kids Can Press, 2000

Veggie Kids

Roz Denny, Southwater, 2002

Many Hands: Community Kitchens Share Their Best

Community Kitchens Publishing, 2005

The Healthy Lunchbox

Marie McClendon and Cristy Shauck, Small Steps Press, 2005

52 Brilliant Ideas For Raising a Healthy Eater

Mandy Francis, Penguin Group, 2006

Chef Bobo’s Good Food Cookbook

Robert Surles, Meredith Books, 2004

Family Table: Recipes and Strategies

Marie Breton and Isabelle Edmond, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2008

Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing Inc., 1999

The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family will Love

Susie Cover, Weldon Owen, 2011

Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods

Dietitians of Canada, download from

Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking: Nourishing Minds and Bodies

Dietitians of Canada, 2009