Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney

Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney

Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney is a cookbook that has lots of great ideas to spark some interest and desire in kids about cooking. The book has a simple design and gorgeous images to accompany the recipes. This is a perfect recipe book for anyone looking for ideas and tips to motivate kids to eat healthy and find joy in the kitchen.

Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian CheneyTitle: Raised in the Kitchen: Making Recipes from Scratch One Recipe at a Time
Author: Carrian Cheney
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the time her children were toddlers, family cooking blogger Carrian Cheney found creative ways to get her children interested in cooking, partly to teach them basic kitchen skills so they could be part of the solution when they were hungry and partly to instill in them a joy of creating and presenting delicious meals, as her own mother had taught her.

From food prep to clean-up, this unique cookbook guides the way through every step, including meal lists and easy-to-follow recipes, and features dollops of heartwarming family stories, insights, and kid-friendly food activities to keep young chefs focused on fun in the kitchen.

The book includes 75 recipes that begin with basics such as fried eggs, pizza dough, and baked potatoes. As new cooking skills are learned, the recipes progress to guaranteed kid favorites like chocolate chip pancakes, steak fajitas, and apple dumplings. Recipes are joined with tips to help home chefs master the art of cooking, from stocking a pantry to proper kitchen etiquette and safety to how to add flair to a table setting—even how to coax a picky eater by tempting their tastebuds.

Raised in the Kitchen is a cookbook for parents and kids about much more than learning to love to cook. It’s about bringing families together with cooking memories that will last a lifetime.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney

What makes this cookbook stand out from other books that offer tips for family cooking are the personal experiences and stories Carrian has included amongst the recipes. Her approach is down-to-earth and encouraging. It is all about family time and the aim is not perfection.

❀ Lots of Great Tips

The recipes are from scratch and there are very few  processed or pre-packaged ingredients to obtain to create the dishes. It also has a good selection of simple to more complex recipes that can be built upon over time. Most importantly, there are lots of great tips for teaching skills to kids, including knife skills.

❀ Table of Contents:

  • Pantry Staples
  • Essential Tools
  • How to create a shopping list
  • How to set a table
  • Tips on salt
  • Breads
  • Breakfast
  • Side Dishes
  • Knife Safety 101
  • Main Dishes
  • Cleaning tips
  • Desserts

❀ Comfort Food

I have been craving cookies (surprise!), so I made the chocolate chip cooke recipe. This is now my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. The instructions are clear, concise, and no-fail. This and many of the other ideas in the book are obviously well-loved, handed-down recipes because they just scream comfort food.

Raised in the Kitchen Carrian Cheney

Chocolate Chip Cookies

❀ Makes a Perfect Gift

Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney is a perfect book for family time in the kitchen and would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift. I am looking forward to trying more recipes from this book and have it on my gifting list as well. It is a perfect pandemic activity for families.

About Carrian Cheney

Carrian Cheney

 CARRIAN CHENEY is the recipe developer, photographer, and devourer of thousands of recipes that have received millions of views each month on her website. Carrian and her husband, Cade, are the parents of three adorable kids.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

11 thoughts on “Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney

  1. Angela says:

    I love that this is geared towards the whole family and especially kids. I think getting them more involved in the cooking process will help make them more likely to try new things!

  2. megan allen says:

    This sounds so wonderful! I have some real picky eaters on my hands and one of my sons is in the “im never hungry ” phase! I hope this will help. I will love to add some new recipes to our kitchen as well!

  3. Lori Smanski says:

    thank you for your review. This sounds wonderful. My great niece loves to be in the kitchen, thanks to my sister. She is now in kindergarten. This sounds like a fun book for her and my niece. Thanks for sharing.

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