I know you can get recipes off the Internet, blogs and so on, but I love cookbooks – good cookbooks. What makes a cookbook good for me is interesting recipes, lots of information, pictures with every dish and instructions that are not too complicated and ingredients that are easily found.

And every cookbook should have dessert. Because what’s the point of cooking a fancy meal if it doesn’t end in dessert?

Children’s Cookbook, Canadian edition

I have come to realize I like children’s cookbooks. The instructions are easy to follow, there are lot of pictures and there are a variety of recipes that always turn out. Plus children’s cookbook authors always know the importance of dessert. So basically it contains everything I love about a cookbook.

I have DK’s Children’s Cookbook, which I love and use often. This Canadian version ($17.99, DK.com) has been revised and updated and includes measurements in both the metric system (used in Canada) and imperial measurements, which I am grateful. When it comes to cooking and baking, cups and teaspoons are the only way to go.

This book is thinner than the other original version and contains such recipes as chicken curry, lamb kebabs and sushi rolls. As mentioned, each recipe has a final product picture as well as step-by-step pictures so kids (or adults) can see what they are supposed to be doing. There is a serving tip to make the dish extra yummy and a recipe idea, such as various topping for baked potatoes.

Each recipe tells you how many servings it makes, the ingredients you need in pictures (as well as measurements) and the tools.

I am looking forward to making the naan bread (bread, equally as delicious as dessert) and the strawberry shortcakes. I have already made the orange crunch cookies and purchased more self-rising flour so I can make them again.

Eat feel fresh offers recipes that compliment doshas, or mind-body type.

Eat feel fresh, A contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook

Created by Sahara Rose Ketabi ($32, www.dk.com), with a foreword by Deepak Chopra, this cookbook is beautiful. The pages are a matt finish, which I quite enjoyed, with lots of information.

My biggest complaint is that it took until Page 26 before I learned from the author what Ayurvedic is. By that time, frustrated, I looked it up myself.

Ayurvedic is considered the “world’s oldest health system” . It originated in India more than 5,000 years. Information in the book includes how Ketabi modernized the eating system; alkaline chart; chakras, or wheels of energy within the body, and discovering your doshas, or mind-body type, among other things.

Recipes cater to various doshas such as Autumn leaf Smoothie Bowl (Vata) and Turmeric Chickpea Oatmeal (Kapha). Each recipe contains the benefit of each ingredient that makes up the recipe.

Categories include Six-Taste Bowls, Tridoshic Diners, Snacks and Sides, Desserts and Potions, including Spiced Pistachio Milk and Ginger Pumpkin Pie Latte.

Not all recipes have pictures, which would usually bug me, but for some reason I don’t mind in this book. I suspect it’s because eat feel fresh is more about information with some recipes thrown in.

The pictures that are included matter and are beautiful; the chai pancakes look delicious, while the Bento Box Sushi Bowl looks beautiful.

I confess I am unlikely to try many of these recipes, simply because they use many ingredients that are not found in my kitchen and whether it’s good for me or not, I am not going to make a brownie from sweet potatoes. (Made it from black beans once. Can’t tell the difference. Snort. Yes, you can). Of course, if someone wanted to make me any of the recipes in this book, I would be happy to try them.

I couple of recipes I do want to try are chai latte (but hold the coffee) and the bowls, which can be modified to suit what is in my pantry.

Both Children’s Cookbook and Eat feel fresh are available at Amazon.ca

A copy of these cookbooks were provided by DK for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.