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Pretend Soup – A Visual Kids Cookbook That Empower Kids To Cook!

by Jean Van't Hul
April 6, 2008
Pretend Soup – Kids Cookbook
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Maia and I made popovers for breakfast using a recipe from her kids cookbook, Pretend Soup, a gift from our friend Leah.

The kids cookbook is subtitled A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up and has visual recipes for pre-literate kiddos in addition to normal-looking written recipes.

What a great way to empower kids in the kitchen!

Update June 2014: Maia is now almost 9 years old and still uses this cookbook quite a bit for her favorite recipes!

Kids Cookbook - Pretend Soup Interior Spread

Popovers! An Easy Kids Cookbook Recipe

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  • Author: Jean Van’t Hul


(abbreviated a bit from Pretend Soup)


  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Brush the insides of your muffin tin with melted butter.
  3. Beat eggs and milk together.
  4. Add flour and salt to egg mixture and mix.
  5. Pour popover batter into muffin tin sections with a 1/4 cup measure.
  6. Bake 30 minutes.
  7. Remove popovers from muffin tin and prick each with a fork to let out the steam.
  8. Spread with butter or jam and eat.

Maia did every step herself (with me telling her what to do), including painting the muffin tins with butter and a pastry brush (lots of fun)! She even poured the batter into the tins with a 1/4 cup measure.

Kids Cookbook - Pretend Soup and Popovers

It was a little messy, but no big deal.

Kids Cookbook - Pretend Soup and Popovers

And the popovers were great!

Pretend Soup Kids Cookbook

I really like this cookbook!

And I like that the recipes are all kid tested and approved with cute kid reviews for each along the lines of, “It tastes so good, I’m gonna eat it ALL UP!” and “I wish I could eat 100 of them!”

Maia usually helps me make a mess (um, cook) from any cookbook these days, but I like the idea of a kids cookbook. The recipes are simple and tasty, and she can mostly cook them herself (with help).  And of course she enjoys eating them and having her own cookbook.

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Do your kids like to cook with you? Do you have a favorite kids cookbook?

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