Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kids in the Kitchen: Tasty Recipes and Fun Activities for Budding Chefs

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Families That Cook Together Stay Together!

Chef Antonio knows about family fun in the kitchen. He grew up with family members who cooked, ate, and spent most of their time whipping up delicious dishes together. He fell in love with cooking during those formative years and grew up to become a fabulous chef and a five-star restaurant owner.

Now, Chef Antonio shares his favorite family recipes with you and your family in Chicken Soup for the Soul ...

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Families That Cook Together Stay Together!

Chef Antonio knows about family fun in the kitchen. He grew up with family members who cooked, ate, and spent most of their time whipping up delicious dishes together. He fell in love with cooking during those formative years and grew up to become a fabulous chef and a five-star restaurant owner.

Now, Chef Antonio shares his favorite family recipes with you and your family in Chicken Soup for the Soul Kids in the Kitchen . He reveals the secret ingredient in Grandpa Joe's Jelly Cookies, inspires budding chefs with Spaghetti Pie, and entices the kid in every adult with Homemade Marshmallows. This unique Chicken Soup for the Soul cook book is filled with mouth-watering recipes that will have even the youngest family members clamoring to help.

Packed inside are kid-friendly recipes, safety and cleanup tips, food-related activities, and charming stories of lessons learned while cooking with loved ones. Delight in other families' accounts of great times spent together in the kitchen, and enjoy the secret family recipes they've shared. The colorful design, fun games, mouthwatering photos, simple step-by-step instructions, and kid-tested, kid-prepared recipes will inspire you and your children to create your own family traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757305795
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-creators of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield are co-creators of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Chef Antonio Frontera (Newburgh, NY) operates Chianti a four-star family-owned restaurant in New York. He fell in love with cooking at the age of six when he was given his very own oven. He learned how to cook from his family during his school years and then went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. He became interested in cooking with children when he realized how meal preparation was lacking in today's families. Antonio now introduces the world of cooking to kids and families through his live cooking shows for television at his restaurant studio.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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'When you rise in the morning and smell the aroma coming from the kitchen, you know at that moment it will be a glorious day.'
—Chef Antonio Frontera

You can't go too far when you are out of gas. You need fuel! Power! Nutrients!

If an empty car sleeps all night long, how far can it go in the morning? If it doesn't fill up, it will be slow and sluggish, and it will finally shut down. If you sleep all night, and don't fill up in the morning, you'll be slow and sluggish, too!

People are always telling me that I should eat a good breakfast! They're right! Eat something, but don't eat just sugar and fat, because sugar and fat won't help you get through your day. You will still run out of gas.

Breakfast is about new beginnings, new hope, and the promise of a new day. No two days are ever the same, so enjoy and explore. Get fueled and get powered. Be a believer in breakfast because it does make a difference. That's the root of the expression 'Breakfast of Champions.' And everyone can be a champion!
Breakfast is the first meal you eat when you wake up after a night of sleeping and fasting. In fact, 'breakfast' is a compound word: break-fast. You are breaking your fast and giving nourishment to an empty stomach so you can energize yourself.

Worldwide, eating breakfast is considered the healthy way to begin a new day. It's a gift to your body. There are many kinds of breakfast you can try because breakfasts are different throughout the world in many families, regions, and countries. Learning about the breakfasts of different cultures might make you curious about other people and their traditions.

Did you have cereal for breakfast today? Was it hot or cold? Did you know that it is called 'porridge' in some places in the world? Do you sometimes like peanut butter on toast? In Australia, some love Vegemite, not peanut butter.

You can learn all about foreign foods. You might even try them one day! I will share breakfast foods that I know about, and you can find others to add to the list: rice, soup, fish, noodles, peas, chutney, cheese, bagels, croissants, yogurt, sandwiches, and more.

Lots of people eat eggs for breakfast. Eggs can be made in many different ways, such as poached, scrambled, fried, over easy, over hard, or as an omelet.
There are many breakfast alternatives: hot breakfast, cold breakfast, or something freshly made, from a package, or put together the night before to save time in the morning. You can eat breakfast in a chair or on the run, on a plate, in a cup, or in a bag. Count the number of foods you can eat for breakfast. There are so many possibilities. You can be creative, and you can look forward to breakfast.

Now think about this: next time you can't sleep, don't count sheep—count ways of making breakfasts!

—Chef Antonio Frontera

Tokens of Love

Whenever I bite into a warm chocolate-chip pancake, a feeling of comfort and love fills me as I remember my mom's special breakfasts. You see, my mom was not a morning person, so my typical before-school nutrition was cold cereal and milk. But if I had a big test or an important event (like a spelling bee or an oral report), I would wake up to the sweet aroma of chocolate and pancakes floating through the house. On those special days, Mom would set her alarm so she could whip up some of her special mini chocolate-chip pancakes to give me an extra boost before school. I always felt pampered and cherished on those mornings.

I can still picture my mom in her worn blue robe with sleep still in her eyes, standing over the pan with a spatula in hand ready to flip those tokens of her love at just the right time. My mom passed away a few years ago, but I still feel connected to her in so many ways. A warm chocolate-chip pancake can transport me back to my childhood and help me recall my mom's way of making me feel special and loved.

Sometimes when I am feeling lonely and missing Mom, I'll mix up a bowl of batter and make a batch of chocolate-chip pancakes for my daughters and myself. As I stand by the pan, ready to flip the pancakes, I think of my mom and how much her special breakfasts meant to me.

I have carried on this tradition with my two daughters, making sure that important days always start with an extraspecial breakfast. This extra labor of love in the morning helps me not only fill my girls' bellies with nutritious food but also fill their souls with a warm feeling of love and value before they head out into the world—just like I felt after eating my mom's tokens of love so many years ago.

—Tessa Floehr

©2007. Chef Antonio Frontera and Tessa Floehr. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Kids in the Kitchen by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Chef Antonio Frontera. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008


    I really love this cookbook. It is very good for all age levels. Many childrens' cookbooks are not challenging enough for the older kids but this has a few recipies that are a little more complicated. I really loved the inspirational stories and the photos of real kids having fun in the kitchen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008


    This children's cookbook really has recipes that my kids love! I find it difficult to introduce new recipes into our family meals, but this book made it really easy. Easy to follow directions along with simple recipes. The photos throughout are fun too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Thank You Chef Antonio!

    Great book. A must have for any family with children. Be sure to pick this one up!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

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    This book is great, it is fun for the whole family, we really enjoy it. Great kid friendly recipes and activities. It is nice to have a book dedicated to old fashioned family values.

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