Children in the Kitchen – The Fablehaven Cookbook

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Hi there,

I recently agreed to review “The Official Fablehaven Cookbook,” and I am so happy I did. This cookbook is an absolute delight.

I was unfamiliar with this wildly popular series of books. But after doing some investigating, I became enchanted.

The book centers around a secret sanctuary known as Fablehaven, owned by the main character’s grandparents. Fablehaven shelters mystical creatures on the brink of extinction. Within its hidden confines lies a stronghold of pure magic, an enchanting haven teeming with wonder and excitement.

The cooking magic happens at night when magical elf-like characters named Brownies, come to the kitchen and create recipes from disparate ingredients left out by the characters in the book.

This book starts with a delightful story, introducing the reader to the very engaging Fablehaven characters. Then, it gives the reader easy-to-make and fun recipes accompanied by snippets of stories and beautiful photographs. The section alone on Halloween Treats makes purchasing the book worth the investment.

Fablehaven is a captivating fantasy story and a perfect Halloween present for young readers. Its enchanting and suspenseful plot will keep them hooked and eager for more. With its mystical creatures, adventures, and thrilling challenges, Fablehaven will ignite their imagination and leave them wanting to explore the rest of the series. Additionally, it can be a great opportunity for a kitchen cooking project inspired by the fantastical world of Fablehaven, adding an interactive and creative element to their reading experience.

I highly recommend buying this book. I know that I will be buying it for my granddaughter and having lots of fun cooking up the magical recipes. Now, if I can just entice a Brownie to come to my kitchen……

What’s coming next Tuesday? Heath Bar Crunch Pizzelle.

24 responses to “Children in the Kitchen – The Fablehaven Cookbook”

  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    This sounds like a great book Bernie!

    • It is an enjoyable book and filled with very easy-to-make recipes. I never heard of the series but I sure do like the idea of the “brownies” who come in and cook while I am asleep.

  2. Angela – New England-born, Pennsylvania raised, fervent Italian-American, I'm a reader/writer/editor and lover of family, travel, food, and wine, and Enzo, our slightly oversized but otherwise textbook Maltese. My husband's a concrete sequential Leo and I’m a daydreaming Pisces, which makes daily life just a bit more interesting.
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  3. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    This is new to me – how did you discover it?

  4. I just LOVE this! What a fun idea, and so clever to have the Brownies demonstrating such creativity with random ingredients. Do you think there are Brownies that sneak in to wash the dishes, too? 😉

  5. I love this! What a perfect book for kids, thank you for sharing it Bernadette!

  6. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    This sounds like so much fun!

  7. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – Thank you for joining us for #WOYBS. ‘The Official Fablehaven Cookbook’ sounds absolutely delightful. I will keep a lookout for it for my grandchildren!

  8. Hi Bernadette, this sounds like a delightful recipe book for children. The collaboration with the artist sounds splendid.

  9. I remember my son reading this series when he was younger; I didn’t know they made a cookbook to go along with it. How fun and cute.

  10. Debbie – Tumbarumba, NSW, Australia – Travelling is in my family's blood and since being forced into an early retirement (due to a redundancy) I'm making the most of my 'spare time'. Along with travel, Rotary, running, cycling, reading, photography and social media, I love to blog. The community network, continually learning new skills, and sharing ideas is a source of great joy. Other things that make me happy are my husband, our three grown up daughters and family. I now have two new granddaughters, and two grandsons. Taking pleasure in the everyday beauty around us is essential to a happy life – take time to smell the roses! It costs nothing to smile 🙂
    Debbie says:

    What a fabulous looking book! Thanks for sharing it for WOYBS 🙂

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