What's Cooking?Joshua David Stein

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A whimsical read-aloud of delicious answers to ridiculous questions about what can — and cannot — be done in the kitchen!

Food critic and author Joshua David Stein tackles the world of cookery with his signature quirk and charm. From the practical ("Can I fry a scoop of gelato?") to the playful ("Do frozen peas grow on frozen trees?"), each vignette features an engaging question and a satisfying reveal, all revolving around the preparation of food. The simple yet sophisticated hand-drawings by Julia Rothman provide authenticity and a balance of seriousness to the silliness at hand. Incorporating humor, word play, logic and illogic, foreign foods, and even some cookbook vocabulary, this read-aloud book offers children facts to share and maybe even the impetus to get involved in the kitchen!

Ages 3-5


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 × 214 mm (11 3/8 × 8 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 40 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714875088

Joshua David Stein frequently contributes to New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, and Eater as a food critic, and film and culture columnist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. He documents his misadventures in 140-characters-or-fewer on Twitter at @fakejoshstein.

Julia Rothman creates illustrations and pattern designs for newspapers, magazines, home goods, political campaigns, museums, and subway posters. She is part of the award-winning three-person design studio ALSO, runs the blog Book By Its Cover, and launched Women Who Draw, a directory of female illustrators. Julia lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

"With colorful illustrations, the book tackles oddball cooking questions... Ensuring its place on many a holiday gift guide for the precocious young foodie set."—Eater

"Inspire a passion for cooking with food writer Joshua David Stein. Take you little one through the series of practical and playful Q&As on food preparation... and have a giggle at Julia Rothman's amusing hand-drawn illustrations."—Little London

"Delightful... Large, friendly writing illustrated with homely, jolly drawings... Introduces [children] to the world of food in a simple, fun way, and to get them engaged in food as a wider topic to be explored. One page even gives three different countries' names for dumplings, introducing children to the concept that food is something that unites cultures... A definite bonus is that there is also the opportunity to talk about who gets to do the washing up, too, and it's never too early to start with that!" —Optimum Nutrition

"A refreshing addition to the children's cooking category... Playfully worded... Achieves a balance between silly and serious."—Early Years Childcare Magazine

"This whimsical read tackles silly kitchen questions and culinary conundrums. Covering everything from ingredients to cooking techniques, What's Cooking? is a unique children's book for the budding foodie in your life... Full of interesting word play by author and food critic Joshua David Stein, and vibrant illustrations from Julia Rothman... A unique piece of literature that will keep little ones interested."—Cooking Light Online

"Stein and Rothman's books are humorous, thoughtful, colorful, and – most importantly – make food fun. Bon appétit!" —Let's Talk Picture Books

"This tongue-in-cheek book plays around with different concepts and word play surrounding food. It is fun to read and the design is outstanding." —Book Nerd Mommy

"[A] delicious book... A really fun way to look at meals and food."—Kiss the Book

"Full of interesting facts and philosophical food questions for kids. A truly delightful book."—Book Riot

"A great introduction to FOOD!"—Some the Wiser Blog