With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of us have food on our minds! Whether you like novels with yummy descriptions or whipping up your own masterpiece in the kitchen, indulge with these food books for girls!

Ready, Set, Dough!

Book cover image for Ready, Set, Dough by Kelly J. Baptist

Zoe dreams of becoming a prize-winning journalist, but her family’s unreliable old computer is slowing her down. When a school fundraiser offers a fancy new laptop as prize for selling the most cookie dough, Zoe is all in! But her determination to win at all costs strains her relationship with her best friend and her family. Is the laptop of her dreams worth it?

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie

Book cover image for When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie by Erin Soderberg Downing

Lucy Peach is looking forward to spending all summer reading. But then her Dad surprises the family with an announcement. One of their mother’s inventions sold after her death, making the family millionaires overnight. Dad purchases a used food truck and plans on hitting the road with Lucy and her two brothers to sell peach pies, fulfilling a dream of their mother’s. There’s just one flaw in his plan — none of them knows how to bake! If you enjoy the Peach family’s adventures, check out the follow-up books, The Peach Pit, Frozen Peaches, and Duck, Duck, Peach.

Seasonal Family Almanac: Recipes, Rituals, and Crafts to Embrace the Magic of the Year

Book cover image for Seasonal Family Almanac: Recipes, Rituals, and Crafts to Embrace the Magic of the Year by Emma Frisch & Jana Blankenship

This book, which is chock full of recipes, crafts, and self-care rituals, will keep you company all year long. Flip to the fall section to find recipes for seasoned pumpkin seeds, minestrone soup, and marshmallow and mint tea to sooth those pesky sore throats. Then keep it near to appreciate the magic in winter, spring, and summer, too.

The Totally Awesome Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook

Book cover image for The Totally Awesome Ultimate Kids' Cookbook by Tiffany Dahle

Are you ready to wow your family with your skills in the kitchen? Then pick up this cookbook! The 85 recipes within feature simple ingredients and can mostly be cooked in just one pot or pan. Cinnamon pecan monkey bread, buttered noodles, seasoned French fries, and more await. And if baking is more your style, check out the author’s previous book, The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book.

Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods

Open to the table of contents of this book, and you’ll find a menu of favorite Chinese and Chinese-American foods. When you flip to the page featuring your favorite dish, personal stories from the author, folklore, and history related to that food await. Gorgeous full-color illustrations will ignite both your imagination and your appetite!

More Food Books for Girls

If you find yourself pondering the origin story of the apple or potato on your plate, check out The Botany of Desire Young Reader’s Edition by Michael Pollan, which explores the complex relationship between people and plants.

Go on a global journey to sample foods, festivals, and feasts in The Ultimate Food Atlas: Maps, Games, Recipes, and More for Hours of Delicious Fun.

If you’re ready to level-up your cooking game, check out Cooking From Scratch for Teens: Make Your Own Healthy & Delicious Food by Lisa Burns, featuring 60 recipes covering everything from dinner to after-school snacks.

Or maybe you don’t even know where to start in the kitchen. Don’t worry! Life Skills for Kids: How to Cook, Clean, Make Friends, Handle Emergencies, Set Goals, and Everything in Between by Karen Harris has got you covered! Get the basics here, then pick up one of the cookbooks in this post to apply what you’ve learned!

Put down your fork and pick up your pen to explore This is What I Eat: Fun Activities for Mindful Eating by Aliza J. Sokolow, which covers your own food preferences, eating to protect the planet, and more.

What about you? Do you have a favorite food-related book? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Tell us about it in the comments!

Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of 2 little boys. She has been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author...

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