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Finding cookbooks, classes and community at Fremont's Book Larder

Photo: Abby Cerquitella


Cooking with our kids is always an adventure, and getting them involved in the kitchen is a great way to teach them about healthy eating, about good nutrition and even about different cultures through their cuisines. Making something from scratch together (especially if you have the luxury to try your hand at growing your own fruits and vegetables) is a great opportunity to help our kids understand where food comes from, and that it doesn’t magically appear in plastic packaging.  Whether your child is a newcomer to the world of cooking or an aspiring MasterChef Junior, bring them to Seattle’s community cookbook store, Book Larder, for a culinary education.

Since opening their doors in 2011, owner Lara Hamilton and her food-loving, knowledgeable staff have provided Seattle with a wide variety of thoughtfully chosen, mouth-watering cookbooks. With numerous shelves of new releases, imports, and vintage out-of-print editions, Book Larder arguably has one of the best cookbook selections on the West Coast.

Are your budding chefs just starting out with their first chocolate chip cookies, or are they teens long experienced in the kitchen, thinking about putting dinner on the table? There are plenty of choices, from kid-centric to professional, and books representing cuisines from most every part of the world.

Book Larder also offers classes held every week taught by their own culinary director, and hosts talks and demonstrations from local and visiting chefs. Kids and parents can learn together how to create their own ice cream, how to can seasonal produce for year-round enjoyment and much more.

Have you worked up an appetite after learning all that culinary know-how? Follow up your visit to Book Larder with Seattle’s favorite sandwich at Paseo across the street, and you’ll have one happy little chef. 

4252 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, 98103. booklarder.com

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