Cover image for Plant, cook, eat! : a children's cookbook / Joe Archer and Caroline Craig.
Plant, cook, eat! : a children's cookbook / Joe Archer and Caroline Craig.
First US edition.
Publication Information:
Watertown, Massachusetts : Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 2018.

Physical Description:
112 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:


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641.65 ARC Book Junior Collection
641.65 ARC Book Junior Collection

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For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.

With vibrant photo-illustrations and clearly organized sections, discover how to plant seeds in patio containers, window boxes, or on an allotment; harvest fruits and vegetables; determine which plant parts are edib≤ spot pests in the garden; and use home-grown crops to cook everything from bean and bacon spaghetti to polenta chips to tomato, feta, and basil pizza.

"This effort offers budding young gardeners (and their adults) a comprehensive, hands-on guide to gardening and cooking" -- Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

Author Notes

* Joe Archer works at Kew Gardens as Head Horticulturist in the kitchen garden and has appeared on BBC in the Kew on a Plate television program with Raymond Blanc.
* Caroline Craig is a food writer from London and the author of The Little Book of Lunch adult cookbook (Regan Arts) and The Cornershop Cookbook (Random House UK). She's also a columnist for Guardian Cook .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this affirming gardening and recipe book, horticulturalist Archer and food writer Craig offer a garden-to-table approach to eating. Introductory topics include seeds, soil and compost, plant reproduction, and sowing seeds both outside and indoors. Subsequent sections provide instructions and photographs detailing how to grow 16 vegetables ("Harvest once the leaves die back and you can see the swollen onions"). Recipes follow the descriptions of planting and harvesting each vegetable: kale pesto pasta, cranberry bean burgers, chocolate beet cake, and other dishes. Color photographs of children eating and gardening appear throughout. With an easy-to-read presentation and thorough details, Archer and Craig put the power to grow and prepare food in readers' hands while driving home connections between what we grow and what we eat. Ages 7-10. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Archer and Craig provide an overview of different plant food sources (including roots, leaves, flowers, and stems) and then, with an emphasis on the process, explain how to grow and cook them yourself. Readers are encouraged to try new foods and techniques with sixteen colorful fruits and vegetables. Novel recipes include chocolate beet cake and zucchini and polenta fries. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Carrot Scramble serves 4   2 large sweet potatoes x slices bacon 1 large leek, white part only, sliced Salt and pepper 8 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1 lemon, halved 2 tablespoons butter Drizzle of olive oil   1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour, until a fork goes in easily. 3. While the sweet potatoes are baking, cook the bacon in a frying pan until browned. Drain. 4. In a separate frying pan, cook the leek, sprinkled with salt and pepper, for 5 to10 minutes on medium heat, stirring often, until softened. Chop the bacon and stir it in. 5. Cook the carrots in a pot of boiling salted water for 10 minutes, until tender. Drain them and mash them in a large bowl. 6. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, halve them and scoop out the flesh. Add the sweet potato to the carrot and roughly mash them together. Season with salt and pepper and the juice of half the lemon. 7. Add the butter and olive oil, followed by the bacon and leek mixture. Add the juice from the other half of the lemon if you wish. Excerpted from Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook by Joe Archer, Caroline Craig All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.