Kids’ Books at the Boyd Library!


From Cindy Williams, Library Director

In June we’re celebrating the 5th anniversary of the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library. Watch for blog posts about the collections and archives held here.

A small and fun part of the collection are those books with a J near the call number (you remember – the book’s address on the shelves).  J books are those for kids and we have some great ones!


Local author Eliana de Las Casas wrote Cool Kids Cook and she got it right!  You can find recipes for the culinary traditions from around the state here. King Cake for Mardi Gras, meat pies, boudin balls among others.  The recipes don’t require lots of ingredients, the directions are clear and there are fun tips done in cartoon form at the bottom of many pages.  Grandparents will have a good time with grandkids and this book.


Potter Heads!! Come and see the Unofficial Happy Potter Cookbook. As the cover says, “From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker glory – More than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike.” The author, Dinah Bucholz, is a former English teacher, mom of four, and a pie baker. The recipes are introduced with a snippet from one of Rowling’s seven novels – usually involving Harry, Ron or Hermione. Hagrid, Dumbledore, the Weasley twins and Draco also appear. The recipes include classic British dishes (treacle tart, Yorkshire pudding, etc), and the chapter headings are great: Good Food with Bad Relatives, Treats from the Train, Recipes from a Giant and an Elf, Delights down the Alley. There are no illustrations or photos – you’ll have to conjure up what you’re making in your own kitchen.


Tiana’s Cookbook is based on the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog.  Princess Tiana dreams of opening a fine restaurant in New Orleans and she has adventures in the bayous before she gets to her goal.  Characters from the movie are used throughout the book, and green frogs are used instead of stars or roses to indicate a great recipe.  The directions are clear with appealing photographs.  Yumbo Gumbo on page 28 is a special treat – it was contributed by Leah Chase.  Readers will learn a lot about New Orleans cooking with this book.

We're always looking to add to our collection, so take a look at your bookshelves and donate the young chef cookbooks that you or your kids have grown out of to the Boyd Library! 

Join us for the month of June, 2018 as we Spotlight the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library as part of the 10 Years of SoFAB programming! The library includes a collection of over 11,000 cookbooks, menus, archives, pamphlets, and more. The Library and Archive form a unique repository of culinary knowledge for generations to come.