Raised in the Kitchen

Making Memories from Scratch One Recipe at a Time

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Pub Date 27 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 11 May 2021

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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.

Table of Contents: Pantry StaplesEssential ToolsHow to create a shopping listHow to set a tableTips on saltBreadsBreakfastSide DishesKnife Safety 101Main DishesCleaning tipsDesserts

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...

Advance Praise

Not just a cookbook, but a family fun guide that delivers a great time in the kitchen; it's sure to bring families closer together. Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of eaters, this book is sure to be a hit with both parents and children."-Library Journal

"Even cooks sans kids will gravitate to Cheney's first, family-friendly production. It's educational, yet easy to understand and to follow, and highly personalized. Cheney offers kitchen tips...There's little to no fussiness about kitchen skills. Family traditions are created, celebrated, and shared, such as the great family bake-off, and the 70-plus recipes reprise favorites with a twist. It's truly cooking to enjoy."-Booklist

"Practical and appetizing collection designed to get families in the kitchen together to build culinary skills and create memories. Recipes are assigned skill levels to help parents match dishes with a child's capabilities, and Cheney includes a wealth of handy tips. Recipes allow for technique development as well. The stars of the collection are the desserts, which include a berry-laden frozen yogurt bark, decadent chocolate cake, mini Twix cheesecakes, and a luscious strawberry pie. Throughout, Cheney offers pointers on topics such as cooking meat, handling picky eaters, and baking bread. Fun, educational, and full of appealing options, this work is sure to inspire a new generation of cooks."-Publishers Weekly

Not just a cookbook, but a family fun guide that delivers a great time in the kitchen; it's sure to bring families closer together. Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of...

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This is a lovely cookbook. The recipes look delicious and the photos are mouthwateringly beautiful. I love the tips with each recipe. This is one my family will return to again and again!

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This book was received as an ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I loved every recipe featured in this book and loved how Carrian incorporated her kids into each recipe and even included a section on tips for teaching kids to cook. I also grew up in a family of cooks and now my nieces and nephews are now loving cooking and could use more recipes to do with me and this book is absolutely perfect. Carrian also included recipes that they love including cheesy potatoes, mac and cheese and the chicken recipes. I also love that she uses whole food and nothing processed since our children deserve the very best. I know that this will be a potential candidate for a future cooking demo and so happy to get the kids involved too.

We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

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Flipping through this family-friendly cookbook made my mouth water! The decadent photos included are beautiful.
The recipes are largely made with ingredients most homes have lying around and the ones you may not have are easily retrieved from your favorite grocery store. I like that the recipes are varied with different cooking methods. You have options for stovetop, oven baked, slow cooker, and instant pot.
I look forward to trying them! Thank you to Shadow Mountain and Netgalley fire the advanced copy! All thoughts in this review are my own.

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Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney is a cookbook that has some interesting recipes and pretty pictures. I made the 3 Cheese Marinated Tomatoes Salad, and it was so delicious. I plan on trying more in the future.

***** I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my honest review. *****

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Absolutely gorgeous cookbook! All the recipes have photos and they're all all beautiful and mouth watering. Just the rice recipe that I have a better tip: wash the rice before, add a tbsp of oil to the pan and sautee the rice for a bit, then add some garlic and salt and saltee and then you add water so this way the rice will be perfect and there's no need to use a fork to fluff the rice. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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I can’t wait to try these recipes with my kiddos. There are so many yummy looking options they will all love. Even my most picky eater will be able to find something to love in this cookbook.

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Raised in the Kitchen is a sweet, simple book with a very specific aim: Teaching you basic meals so you can teach your children. It’s not your average cook book, it’s much simpler, and it’s not a children’s cookbook, because the recipes are not written for children.
It contains all of the basics from breakfast to dessert and bread (bread is second in the book, but if you are a beginner, I would work my way up to it by trying other recipes first) but it also means the average cook may not feel challenged enough, or just miss some more innovative ideas.
For me, it wasn’t that exciting, I would have liked slightly more interesting recipes or a book interspersed with recipes to do and read with children (after all, raising them in the kitchen means teaching them how to read and follow a recipe) but it is a great starter book if it’s what you are after and what you need.

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I find it difficult to read cookbooks in digital form, but even so, this one looks like it would get used frequently in my house. The recipes weren’t too complex, and they each had a color photo of the finished product. (A huge plus in my book.) I want to have my kids help out more in the kitchen, and there are several recipes in here that I can see us all enjoying. This is a cookbook I would like to add to my collection.

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This cookbook is phenomenal. I tried out several of the recipes myself. I made the Slow Cooker Pot Roast and my step son (former Army and has traveled the world trying dishes all around) said it was the best roast he had ever tried. I also must rave over to the Cheesy Potato Casserole. Wow, just delicious. This recipe book shares useful tips and notes throughout, including suggestions for having your kids involved. I am adding this to my library's cookbook cart immediately. I also recommend to children's departments that collect cookbooks for parents of young ones.

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A lovely cookbook which encourages the whole family to get involved in the kitchen. I particularly liked the idea of the Family Bake Off that the author suggests. The recipes are easy to follow and look delicious.

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After looking through this cookbook not only was I craving just about everything I saw in the pages, but I was anxious to try out so many of these recipes. This book looks like food that I would actually want to eat and food that my family would enjoy. The photography is stunning and the variety of recipes was another bonus to this well rounded cookbook. I am definitely grabbing a copy for myself and as a gift for a friend! I cannot wait to try out some of these dishes!

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I was offered the chance to view this book on NetGalley and I really appreciate it. I love a good cookbook and this one has lots of delicious recipes.

The book starts with breakfast recipes, offers dinner recipes, steak, chicken, Mexican, pastas, pizzas, and even desserts.
One of my favorite things is that there is literally a picture with every recipe! I love that!

This book mentions cooking with your kids but it’s not geared towards kid foods. I don’t have kids and this cookbook still completely appeals to me.

The recipes I plan to try first are:
Sausage hash brown casserole
Cheesy potato casserole
Pan fried tortellini
Broccoli cheddar soup
Bottom of the jar chicken
Steak fajitas
Garlic butter steak

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I am always on the look-out for family-friendly recipes. My kiddos are so picky. Any time I can try to push them into something new, I want to give it a go. Raised in the kitchen had some great ideas. My one complaint is I wanted more photographs of the completed foods. I hate cooking something new, blind. I want to make sure my final product looks the way it should.

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Thank you to NetGalley Shadow Mountain Publishing and Carrian Cheney for the ARC of Raised in the Kitchen in return for my honest review.

This cookbook is filled with very easy to follow recipes Some recipes are old favorites made with updated twists and/or ingredients. As the title of the book suggests--this cookbook is the perfect addition to any family's cookbook collection. Would be a great gift for a newly married couple.

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Quite honestly, kids cookbooks are a struggle for me to use with my own children. Often the variety of foods is not there and the simplicity of the recipes are behind my kids skills. However, Raised in the Kitchen, was a very pleasant surprise. My older son was sitting next to me while I was looking at the book and has made plans to make several of the recipes in this upcoming week. We were thrilled to see the variety of foods, the easy of instructions, and recipes that had must have basics, some classics, and some new twists on dishes. Things like Rice Krispy bars, baked potatoes, and peach cobblers, as well as easy soups, seem to get overlooked in kids cookbooks. We loved seeing those included among the others. This cookbook was like having my grandma's church cookbooks with me, with beautiful pictures, and easy to use instructions. I would highly recommend it to anyone with kids that they want to be in the kitchen more often.

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I loved this cookbook. It’s great for families! The recipes were all family friendly, but not boring or repetitive. I can’t wait to try out all of these, and to let me daughter help. I really enjoyed the tips in the book, and stories that went along with it. Definitely recommend!

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“Food connects more than just people and memories; it connects hearts.” -Cariann Cheney

I love being in the kitchen and after reviewing this cookbook I NEVER want to leave my kitchen! I recently started following Cariann on her page @ohsweetbasil and adore her! I love how involved her family is in this cookbook and loving seeing pro tips offered by her kids. I have a 10 year old who has a goal of becoming an “epic chef” and this is the book I’m going to use to get him there! I love her tips and tricks for letting kids help. As a perfectionist and clean freak, the kitchen is an area I could use some help on with letting the kids do more! The content of this cookbook is unreal. I want to make each and every single recipe! The ingredients list had common ingredients, easy to follow instructions, and gorgeous photos. There are so many tips and tricks in this cookbook that I feel like after I learn all of these skills I will be an “epic chef” as well!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My kids are getting older. They are all in the pre-teen to teen stage but something we have always done is hang out in the kitchen to gether making recipes, so I adored the concept of this book. I thought maybe we could find new recipes for my 11 year old boys who still love to cook both with me and without me now. I love the way the book is set up, starting with simple, basic recipes and progressing into family friendly favorites that might be a little more challenging (yet still doable) for little ones. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends with younger children, and we will also be utilizing some of these recipes in ourkitchen as well!

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All the food in this cookbook looks yummy. I love that there is a section on breads. That isn’t something you normally find in a regular cookbook. I have tried a few recipes. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients were regular ingredients I had normally at home.

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I am loving this cookbook by Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil! It has beautiful colorful pictures throughout that inspire you to go buy ingredients and start cooking right away! I love that it is a collaboration with her kids. It's so important to start children in the kitchen while they are young, I wish I had started my kids way younger. I also appreciate that every aspect of cooking is addressed, from food prep to cleanup. This is new to me to see in a cookbook and I think it's great! This book is totally full of recipes I can't wait to try! Thank you to Shadow Mountain and Netgalley for an arc of this awesome book!

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This is a cookbook I wished I would have had when my children were young. Even so, there are so many recipes that I want to try. Filled with pictures and recipes from breakfast, breads, dinner and dessert. The ingredients are ones, you will already find on your pantry shelf. I'm going to purchase a copy when it becomes available. I have followed Carrian Cheney on Instagram and love her posts.

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Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney is an enjoyable family-based cookbook and instruction manual wrapped into one wonderful package.

My son is now almost 6 and we have been including him in our daily meal decisions and kitchen preps for a short time now. So far stirring and measuring is as far as we have gotten. I love that this cookbook encourages families and gives the message that nourishing one’s body and soul is a full-family affair.

The recipes are simple, concise, appealing, and easy to execute. I love the way it is laid out with the basics first and gradual change thereafter. I want for my son to feel comfortable in the kitchen and to also know that he is welcome there as well. I don’t want for things to be intimidating as I have felt learning these things later in life. I am glad I was able to come across this book that projects these sentiments exactly.

I have already preordered my own copy. A great addition for any family.

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately (as of 2/5/21 no BB listing has been created) and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

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I love how this book is crisp and bright without a ton of color. I also love how every recipe has a picture next to it. The tips at the bottom of the pages are really cute and helpful!

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This is a beautiful family cookbook with everyday recipes. Each recipe has a personal note, prep and cooking time, tips, and a full page color photo of the finished dish. It is a great cookbook to have in your kitchen and would make a fantastic gift.

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I was so excited to see Oh, Sweet Basil (Carrian Cheney) have another recipe book coming!! Her recipes are easy and delicious. One of the best things about being at home more these days is that I have time to cook more. After reading through this book I immediately made a grocery list and ran to grab it at my local pickup. So far we have loved the Cafe Rio Salad, the Garlic Butter Steak, and the Cherry Pie Bars. As I am typing this the Slow Cooker Pot Roast is in the crockpot! I highly recommend this cookbook and can't wait for the book to be released to I can buy a physical copy! Enjoy!

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Special thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me with ARC.

I loved that this book is a family cookbook, who's full of family photos that i loved.

I read this book with my daughter so she can help me one day with kitchen 😂😂

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I fell I. Love with this cookbook! So many practical recipes for families! Will be purchasing a physical copy( my preference for cookbooks) highly recommend.

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This is a great tool to get kids interested in cooking! I was expecting more kid-friendly food but I was pleased with the array of recipes. It has a lot of healthy recipes and ideas to get kids helping. I liked the family anecdotes as it really made the book feel personal. As a fan of the blog, I was excited to read the cookbook! It didn’t disappoint. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review!

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This cookbook is a good one to keep around if you are wanting to start cooking from scratch more and get the family involved. Every recipe has a picture with it (always a plus in my opinion) and has tips through out the entire book. With each recipe, she has a level skill so that you will know if it’s an easy one to try out with the kids helping, or even just yourself if you haven’t ever made it before. There is a good variety of recipes included, even some basics for storage (like pancake mix). My favorite part about this cookbook though is that it didn’t have anything extremely difficult, rare ingredients (only saw one ingredient one time, that I haven’t seen before), or odd recipes that my family wouldn’t try. It truly is family friendly and full of knowledgeable tidbits.

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Wow... loved it. From the Italian dishes to the AMAZING desserts I just fell in love. Gorgeous pictures!

What did I like? The cover is very family friendly but it was the photography in this book that had me salivating. Scrumptious breakfast to yummy mains and then salivating desserts. I loved it!

Would I recommend or buy? Lover of Italian foods then you will love these recipes! I’d buy it for the desserts alone! Family friendly and just amazing looking food! Five huge stars!

I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review!

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Great cookbook! I read through the entire book in just a few hours, and I did read the entire cookbook. There are beautiful pictures of the Cheney family along with the amazing food, with a picture for every single recipe (a huge plus and must for any cookbook, in my opinion)! There are great tips throughout the book, along with a short backstory/intro to each recipe. The book is divided into recipe types and each section is divided into level 1, 2, and 3 recipes (basic through a little more advanced, though none seem overly complicated). There are little notes from the Cheney kids as well, though, to me, most of them didn't read like they were really written by a kid (other than the ones for the teenager). The recipes are each written very clearly, with easy-to-follow directions. I've seen a few of these recipes on their Instagram but some I haven't. I will probably purchase a physical copy of this book when it's released so that I have it in my own kitchen. I look forward to trying out every single recipe in this book! They all look amazingly delicious!! There are great tips for involving kids in your cooking and meal prep to not only teach them valuable lessons but to have quality family time as well! Excellent cookbook that I'm excited to have as part of my collection and to prepare some of these delicious-looking dishes for my own family!

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Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney is a feel good cookbook. Why? The author draws you into her book by sharing friendly prose about her family and cooking. You will find various cooking tips shared by her kids, friendly recipe intros, and clear explanations when it comes to food prep. Her cookbook is written so well almost anyone of any age will feel comfortable learning to cook using her book. Throughout her cookbook you will find plenty of color photos illustrating the recipes or showing how to accomplish a cooking task. For example you will a photo showing how to safely hold a knife when cutting a lemon.

The following chapters are found in Raised in the Kitchen:

Pasta & Pizza
Main Dishes


Review written after downloading a temporary galley from NetGalley.

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I absolutely love this cookbook! I have tried three recipes so far and all three have turned out fantastic. I love the family stories/tips she shares throughout the book. The recipes are easy to follow and the whole collection are the types of recipes my kids will love as well. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley for sending me a copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

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I loved this book! I found the recipes easy and very good. The information about children was great. The pictures were lovely.

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This is more than a cookbook! It is an inspirational book suggesting that families spend precious moments together in the kitchen and build memories. There are stories scattered throughout the recipes. Some stories will make you laugh and others will touch your heart and dampen your eyes! In the introduction, the author suggests that the recipes are presented from one loving family to another. The author hopes that families will use these recipes as a guide to creating their own stories – cooking together and sharing fun times over good food and great mealtimes.

The book is versatile as it is divided into sections: Breakfast, Breads, Sides, Pasta and Pizza, Main Dishes, and Desserts. It has an extensive index. The double-spread pages show recipes, dishes, and the family cooking together. The recipes are easy to follow. There are brief captions and tips throughout the book where the children in the family have added their take on the recipe or family event in the kitchen. If you have a picky eater, there is even a guide to help these eaters expand their food likes!

This is a treasure of a cookbook. It is the perfect gift for newlyweds and for new parents! But, it is also a great guide to cooks that want to improve their skills!

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Such a great cookbook! Love all the special tips in each section, & so many recipes that I can easily create with my children. And the extra details with family photos & memories makes it so special.

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A family-focused cookbook? Complete with stories and kid-friendly cooking tips? The second I saw this on NetGalley, I knew that our family needed it!

Raised the Kitchen by Carriann Cheney is a refreshing take on family cooking. It’s filled with a huge range of recipes - from the healthy to the not-so-healthy - and literally all of them are family-friendly! I really liked that these were all recipes that would be easy to make, and ones where kids can get involved with the cooking of them. Cheney uses her own family to help share the recipes and the stories behind them. Cheney wants to help foster a love for cooking and I loved that the cookbook was filled with ways to so that also help create lasting memories. From a cookbook standpoint, the recipes are easy to make and well-explained. I liked that every single recipe had a picture to go with it too!

A huge thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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The Covid lifestyle has brought many families back to rallying in the kitchen and Raised in the Kitchen is more than just a cookbook hoping to aid in that. It is a guide to bring families together through the art of teaching kitchen skills and building on them to mor complex tasks. It starts with very basic kitchen recipes such as eggs... and builds a sense of accomplishment and confidence to help you prepare full scale family meals. The illustrations will help to inspire this family journey to kitchen confidence by all family members !

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Great book for families! Written with lots of tips and info for parents who are looking to expand their kitchen skills and/or teach their kids. Lots of delicious sounding and approachable recipes are separated into chapters on breakfast, bread, sides, pasta & pizza, main dishes, and desserts. Every recipe has a full color photo, and they all seem like things many kids would be willing to try. Excited to cook from this book with my family.

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Heartwarming, yet informative. It's clear author Carrian Cheney is passionate about her subject. Nicely done.

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Didnt realise that there was powdered buttermilk with which you can make homemade pancake mix. wonderful idea to make s'mores out of cookie dough too. Nice pictures of oh so glorious food. love the stories behind the recipes - especially broccoli salad and the pizza one. What a smart kitchen aid who come sup wiht nifty ways of peeling garlic by soaking the cloves. Fun way of involving the family in the kitchen and cooking.

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“When you’re no longer there with your kids, don’t you want a way to still be there?” Carrian Cheney states that cooking with your kids is a way to still be there, even when you no longer are, because they will repeat the process and make the same foods with their own kids. She says it’s not about food, it’s about connecting with your kids. (Intro)

This is more than just a cookbook of tantalizing recipes with beautiful pictures. Surprisingly, it is also a book to read. Articles are interspersed throughout the book on a variety of topics and connected to the recipes nearby. I did not expect to find heart-warming parenting tips in a cookbook such as, “I wonder how much more we could do as parents if we gently steadied instead of always being so quick to react.” (p. 63) She encourages everyone to make the most of every moment together, “At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time, and none of you knew it.” (p. 181) And to be present with family, “When at work, be at work; when at home, be home.” (p. 187)

There are also a lot of helpful tips throughout with full pages devoted to topics like baking bread, potatoes, recipe substitutions, chicken, salt, meat, knife skills, and cake. I learned some things from her tips on baking bread and using yeast. I also learned that yogurt, mayonnaise, applesauce, or mashed bananas could be a substitute for sour cream, depending on the recipe.

The author refers readers to her website: ohsweetbasil.com for tips on pantry lists, kitchen tool recommendations, cleaning schedules, and more recipes.

Included in this book are many classic recipes: French toast, banana bread, dinner rolls, homemade salsa, broccoli salad, baked beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, fettucine alfredo, chicken noodle soup, chicken parmesan, pot roast, steak fajitas, peach crisp, apple dumplings, Oreo pie, chocolate chip cookies, and sugar cookies.

There are also several more unique recipes: Coconut Buttermilk Syrup, cheese bread doodles, pan fried tortellini, Café Rio chicken salad, cherry pie bars, carmelitas, lemon drop cookies, Nutella stuffed cupcakes, and raspberry sweet rolls.

This feels like a family favorites cookbook, in a good way. The kind you turn to for comfort foods and pass down to your kids. I give it five delicious stars. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC to use for my review.

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The cookbook is stunning, the photos are absolutely breathtaking. There's something for everyone, from pad thai to pasta to shakshuka, you name it, this book has easy, simple and delicious recipes for any occasion! I love this book - definitely one of my go to's to impress and also for a weeknight dinner!

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Do you have food bloggers that you follow on Instagram or somewhere else? Oh Sweet Basil is one of my very favorite food accounts to follow. I love how real they are on this. They talk about the good, the bad, and of course, the food. And Carrian Cheney is the absolute sweetest. I love her!

This cookbook is one of the very few that I would actually buy for myself. I love the way they put it together. It’s a book you can have out when you’re in the kitchen with your kids. And not only will they learn something from it, you will too.

And I love that there are personal family experiences in this book too. This would be a great book to grab for mom for Mother’s Day in a couple of weeks! And you can also check out Our Sweet Basil Kitchen. It’s one of my favorite cookbooks.

I was sent an e-copy of Raised in the Kitchen as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Thank you to NetGalley for an e-ARC of Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney.
Carrian Cheney is a food blogger, wife, mother, chef, and author. Along with her husband, Cade, she manages the food blog Oh, Sweet Basil. Raised in the Kitchen is a beautifully illustrated cookbook complete with helpful hints and tips for including family in daily meal preparation. From her inspiring wisdom, mothers can picture themselves spreading the love of cooking and baking to the littlest family members. All of the recipes include a mouth-watering illustration and easy-to-follow instructions. Each recipe consists of a level to alert the reader to more complicated menus. Every food item listed is easy to find in local grocery stores, and many recipes use items regularly on hand. This cookbook is one that I would love to have in my kitchen and one that I would give as a gift.

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I really enjoy this cookbook! It is so family oriented and genuine. As a mom/stepmom to a total of 6 kids, I am so sick of "family" cookbooks that are filled with difficult recipes with mature ingredients. Raised in the Kitchen has ingredients that kids love!

I tried the homemade tortillas recipe and it was so easy. The kids all loved them.

The stories and photos throughout the book made it very relatable. I truly felt like I was talking to a mom friend who was giving a couple recipes she loved!

I would definitely recommend this cookbook! I am even considering buying the print copy to keep with my cookbook collection!

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This has some great pictures of the food as well as tips for cooking. Most of the recipes are pretty down to earth and semi simple to make (not a lot of crazy ingredients).
The recipes are easy to follow for beginners and children alike.
I enjoyed the tips sprinkled throughout the book (the ones on picky eaters especially).
This would make a cute wedding present.

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A lovely cookbook full of recipes I can’t wait to try.I know this cookbook will inspire us to cook as a family and share yummy meals.The photography is beautiful will be gifting this cookbook to friends to enjoy with their families,#netgalley#shadowmountain publishing

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This book combined gorgeous photos, delicious recipes, and a look into Carrian's family and life.

I have to agree wholeheartedly with her philosophy on getting everyone into the kitchen to help prepare the meal and to learn how to cook themselves. It is never too early for a child to learn how to cook even basic dishes and make them more challenging as they get older.

The book has an in-depth table of contents to covers nearly everything you might need to teach someone to do in the kitchen.

While I haven't made any of the recipes, there were many that caught my eye and I liked how each recipe gave the difficulty level so you know where to start with your child and what they can work up to as they master the basic skills.

Along with the recipes, she shares stories about her family and I felt like we got to know them all a little bit better.

If you are looking for a cookbook to use with your young children, definitely give this one a look.

We give it 5 paws up.

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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.

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.


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.


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


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 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.

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This cookbook is amazing! Full of easy family recipes that are quick and kid friendly.
Can’t wait to try out more things!

Thanks to NetGalley for this free copy.

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I have tried a number of recipes out of this book and have loved almost all of them. I especially loved the recipe for the buttermilk coconut syrup. It is a new family favorite! I like that the recipes are ones that I would actually cook on a regular basis for my family.

Another great thing about this book is the cooking tips through out the book. I found them very helpful.

I highly recommend this cookbook. I found a lot of recipes inside that I have or will be making.

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I really enjoyed reading through this book and exploring all of the recipes. I love how there are traditionally normal recipes with new family spins on them included in this book. I love how family centered this book is and I would recommend it to parents or grandparents looking for new recipes or newer ways to include the family more in the kitchen.

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I have a few cookbooks that are my tried and true go to books for any recipe. I enjoy branching out and looking at fun spins on favorite recipes. I'm pretty confident in my cooking abilities and can just add some fun tweaks here or there to change it up and keep it tasting yummy and something my family enjoys. But I do enjoy searching and checking out cooking blogs occasionally for some fun tips or fresh ideas. O, Sweet Basil, is one that I've looked at many times and have watched from the beginning of their journey. I don't follow a lot of blogs or do that regularly but they are one that I have returned to again and again over the years.

This cookbook is just stunning inside. I love the pictures for each recipe. That's something that when I look in a cookbook that contains pictures, I want to see what each recipe turns out looking like for them. But I will tell you that my number one go to recipe book has zero pictures in it, it was one my mom and many other women at church worked together and compiled many years ago. My mom bought extra copies of it and gave one to everyone in our family. I was raised on those recipes and my family loves them just as much! I digress though...

I've had fun reading through the cookbook and picking recipes that my family and I are going to try out. Some are favorite meals and we want to see how the recipe in here compares to ours, with just a few minor changes. But the changes sound delicious.

Another aspect of this cookbook that I really like are the tips that are given. Great little tips that can make a big difference in how your meals turn out. I especially love the advice given throughout for including your family in every step of the process and to stay patient with them in teaching. It is so true. Some of my family's greatest time together is in the kitchen cooking and talking and teaching and learning. Sometimes with several littles all in there trying to help it can get beyond hectic but as they grow and gain confidence it is so fun to see them branch out and experiment on their own with cooking. I feel like I can send them out on their own and they won't starve but will probably be able to help teach others. And that's a lot of what I feel this book is trying to express and teach.

I keep picking up the digital copy of this book and just scrolling through looking at the pictures. Lol! Not gluttonous at all. The pictures are gorgeous and I'm ready to try them all. This is one cookbook that I can't wait to add to my personal collection.

If you have young kids at home and are looking for a great book to help you learn more and help teach them, check it out. Or if it's just you and you want some yummy food ideas, grab a copy!

I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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I grew up a picky eater and try as I may my daughter is turnout the the same way. We tried a good portion of these recipes and all of them have been winners so far, which was completely surprising. I am definitely getting this book, since I got the e book version to review and I am more of a have in my hand cookbook kind of gal.

A great buy, from a non cookbook collector with a picky kid.

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This cookbook is beautiful and delightful and chock full of approachable, family-friendly recipes. I’ve been a big fan of Carrian and Cade ever since I heard them speak at a Time Out for Women event several years ago. I refer to their website often and love their first cookbook. However, I think I’ll love this one even more. Here’s why:

1. The recipes are simple, with fantastic directions and tips, but not so simple you feel as though you are eating “kid food.” It’s a good balance.

2. Each recipe includes a difficulty level, so if you feel like you’re just learning to cook, you know which recipes to start with.

3. There is a photo for every single recipe and the photos are gorgeous.

4. This book has so many recipes that are great for starting your children on a cooking journey. The difficulty level and various tips help a lot as you start getting your kids involved in the making of the food they help eat.

5. There are a handful of great sections that are just tips: meats, pizza, cakes, using a knife. They are incredibly helpful!

6. This is more than just a cookbook. It has beautifully written, short anecdotes that warm the soul. Little things about food memories, the importance of spending time together, and patiently allowing your children to make mistakes.

5 out of 5 I would recommend this cookbook for just about anyone. I look forward to having it in my collection and creating memories with my children surrounding some delicious food.

Quotes from the book I loved:

I wonder how much more we could do as parents if we gently steadied instead of always being so quick to react. A child who is rocking the house might need a gentle embrace or words of encouragement, not a raised voice shouting, “What are you doing?!”

I used to stand next to my mom in the kitchen and peel potatoes on Sunday morning. It was such a simple routine that I’m not sure why it always stands out to me so much. Maybe that’s how it is with life and memories: it’s not the big stuff that comes back to you, it’s just the moments when you’re side by side.

Trust me on this, side-by-side cooking with your loved ones will change your family. You will find no greater joy than allowing hearts to connect, and it’s not by chance that food becomes the central force in bringing people together.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This cookbook is a great family resource for meals that all the family can help make. The recipes are easy enough to teach children , which is a win . As the mother of teenagers, it is a lifesaver to have your kids have an arsenal of recipes in their back pocket that they can use when they need to cook for themselves. I also like that the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store . Great book to have on your shelf .

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This is a stunning cookbook. One of the first things I look at when opening a cookbook is whether or not it has photos of the recipes, are the steps easy to follow, is it laid out well. Raised in the Kitchen marked off all the boxes for me in that regard. Plus, it went beyond that and overall is a beautiful presentation.

The important question to ask though, how are the recipes? Hands down delicious! I have been following Carrian and Cade Cheney for quite sometime now, visit their blog regularly, own their first cookbook that I bought back when it came out (also a stunning cookbook). I was so excited to see that they had another one coming out and had to get my hands on it! This one did not disappoint. There is something in here for every time of day, every mean, every occasion. From the yummy Homemade Pancake Mix, to the breads and Pizza Dough, and don't even get me started on the melt in your mouth Mashed Potatoes and Raspberry Sweet Rolls. This cookbook offers a delicious recipe on every page.

Another aspect that I love about this cookbook is the family ties. I've seen cookbooks attempt to do this and not hit the mark. Instead of offering a cookbook they are giving family stories, which is great, I love family history and such. But, Raised in the Kitchen gives the perfect amount of background on the recipes for their family, shorty little intros and they pull you in making you want to try that recipe out for yourself. Throughout the cookbook I am reminded time and time again how special it is to spend time with family in the Kitchen. It really is a place where many families raise their children and Carrian Cheney provides a perfect tool to do just that. Plus the instructions to all the yummy food one could want.

*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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This is a gorgeous cookbook, I seriously wanted to eat the pages. All cookbooks should have as many mouth watering photos.

This cookbook is packed with delicious recipes for breakfast, breads, sides, pasta & pizza, main dishes and desserts.

There are recipes kids will be able to help make and, perhaps more importantly, they will love eating. I wish this book was available when my girls were younger.

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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This is a beautiful cookbook with mouth-watering photography. I wanted to make and eat everything in it! It is filled with delicious recipes for breads, breakfast, pastas, pizza, sides, main dishes and desserts.

The little messages, tips, and tutorials spread throughout the book were things I am going to keep and use in my every day cooking! All the ingredients are simple, yet flavorful and easy to find in any grocery stores. I can't wait to add this cookbook into my regular cooking rotation.

Great companion to Our Sweet Basil and their website Oh, Sweet Basil.

Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an ARC. The thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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I am not a gourmet chef so I love cookbooks that are easy to use! This one has simple instructions, full page color photos, and delicious recipes. Every recipe we have tried so far has been a hit with the family. I love the useful tips and my kids really enjoyed the fun tips from the other kids. Definitely recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but a positive review was not required.

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I wish that I'd had this book when my kids were little. there were so many wonderful ideas of how to get your kids excited about food and cooking. The recipes are very kid and family-friendly. I have told all of my nieces and nephews that are raising young families that they need to buy this book. The photos are bright and the recipes are easy to follow. Raised in the kitchen is a fun addition to any family's collection of recipe books.

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This cookbook lives up to the promise made in the subtitle "Making memories from scratch one recipe at a time"! I was tickled to see non cooking related sections such as reminders to "Stay Calm" when cooking with loved ones may not always go as planned. Remember to "Just gently grab the wheel and steady it with love" (63). If you are looking to engage younger family members in the kitchen the recipes in this book run the gambit! There is nothing overly complex and something for every taste. I highly recommend this cookbook for collection in any library or home cook's collection! You are bound to find something tasty to try out. Happy cooking!

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This cookbook is all about getting kids in the kitchen to help with meals. It is written by the blogger @ohsweetbasil .

This cookbook is filled with tons of yummy, kid-friendly recipes, helpful cooking tips, information about cooking, knife skills, activities to get families cooking in the kitchen, and personal stories of how her family works in the kitchen. It has colorful, appetizing photos for each recipe. I’m looking forward to using some of the recipes with my own family. It would make a great Mother’s Day gift! Also great for Christmas and Birthday gifts!

Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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