Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona

Kids Cook with Books - Strega Nona

The featured book this month is Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola.  It is a story that blends a little magic with a tale of a young man who isn’t very good at following directions.  As parents, we might predict what may unfold, but the story gets very exciting before a village grandmother comes to the rescue.

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Please leave a comment below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids). Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
  6. Tune in next month for April’s Kids Cook with Books.
  7. Psst – guess what? The list of ALL 12 of the featured books for the 2017 Kids Cook with Books series will be coming soon in my Holiday Gift Guide. Stay tuned!

If you have trouble finding Strega Nona at your local library, you can watch a video of it being read online!

Featured Recipe for Kids Cook with Books: Strega Nona

Simple Homemade Pasta

1 cup flour
1 egg
1 tsp. Olive oil
½ tsp salt
Optional: 2 Tbs. finely minced basil leaves or other herbs


  1. Pour your flour onto a cutting board or clean counter.
  2. Form a small dent in the top, so it looks like a volcano.
  3. Crack the egg into the hole at the top of the flour mound.
  4. Using a fork, gently beat the egg and slowly mix in flour from the sides.
  5. Continue dragging flour into the center, stirring the ingredients together until the dough forms a ball.
  6. Knead the dough with clean hands only until it is smooth.  If it is dry, add a little water and/or olive oil.
  7. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes
  8. Use a pasta machine or a rolling pin to flatten the dough.
  9. Once the dough is flattened, you can cut it into ribbons with a butter knife.  If you have a pasta machine, it can cut the dough for you.
  10. Fill a large pot with water.  Add a very generous pinch (or three!) of salt.
  11. Bring the pot to a boil.
  12. Gently add the pasta to the pot and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until tender.
  13. Top with your favorite sauce, or simply coat with olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey

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2 Responses to Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona

  1. Dorinda says:

    Hey there! I love this idea. We just read the book for march (running a little behind, but didn’t want to miss it!). I think we’ll try our hand at the pasta recipe for dinner tonight. Thanks for your posts. We love reading in this house, and eating. And my six year old is proving to be more and more competent in the kitchen, so I appreciate having you as a resource for guiding us along. Can’t wait to try April’s recipe. We love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. (We’ve read all three books in the series.) God bless!

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