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FutureChefs Cookbook: Review and Giveaway

Here’s the book I’ve been most excited about coming out this year!!! >> FutureChefs:  Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World

I guess I should tell you the reason I’m so excited… my son Brooks (RecipeBoy) is featured in the book!  It’s also a terrific read- featuring young foodies (ages 5 to 18) from all over the world.  Inspirational stories of what these kids are doing in their local communities and across the web are included, as well as delicious recipes too!  I’m giving away two copies of the FutureChefs Cookbook- scroll to the end of this post for details (Check for another FutureChefs Cookbook giveaway too!) 🙂

FutureChefs Cookbook

About the book:  There are 150 recipes from cooking-obsessed kids and teens from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.  This is a sampling of our culinary future!  The author is veteran journalist and trained chef Ramin Ganeshram.  She shares profiles of young foodies whose experience varies from cooking contest winners, food bloggers, activists and brand-new cooks in the kitchen.  The book shares their passion, their stories and their recipes.  It’s a terrific book to share with your own children, reading through the profiles to see what each of these kids is accomplishing at such a young age in the world of food.  It’s truly an inspiring read.

Here are a few of the kids who are featured in the book:

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Brooks Lange- age 13 (Reno, Nevada):  My son!  He was given a food blog for his 10th birthday-, where he has shared 100 recipes since its debut.  Brooks (along with his Mom) acted as a spokesperson for McCormick Spices.  He has been hired to create recipes for brands, and he has won a few recipe contests too.  Having recently moved to Reno from San Diego, Brooks hopes to get involved in his new city doing some charity fundraising using his food industry connections.  Brooks’ Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread recipe was inspired by his love of chocolate and fresh raspberries.  The recipe is included in the book, but you can also find it on his RecipeBoy blog.  You can follow Brooks’ food adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

FutureChefs Cookbook

Myka Smith Jackson- age 10 (Lexington, Kentucky):  Myka was the Kentucky winner of’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge- the prize being a trip to the White House!  She’s a fan of touring her local farmer’s markets to look for new things she hasn’t tried before.  Her Garlic Shrimp & Grits recipe is her version of a family favorite traditionally prepared by her great uncle.

FutureChefs Cookbook

Amber Kelley- age 10 (Woodinville, Washington):  With two parents who are wellness coaches, Amber has never eaten anything but clean, healthy food.  She started an online cooking show featuring recipes she thinks other young people might be encouraged to try.  She wants to show other kids that it’s cool to be healthy and that there are always healthier options that are just as yummy.  Amber created this Refreshing Thai Cucumber Salad as a way to introduce other people her age to the pungent yet fresh flavors of traditional Thai foods.  You can visit Amber on her food blog- Cook With Amber.

FutureChefs Cookbook
Nathan Bailey- age 15 (Reading, England, United Kingdom):  Nathan won his first cooking competition for kid-chefs in 2011.   He acts as a sous chef for his mother (a UK cooking personality) helping out in cookery demonstrations that his mom runs for those with celiac disease and others who want to learn about healthy gluten-free foods.  He adopted a gluten-free lifestyle when he was 11, started a gluten-free cooking blog and hopes to one day write a gluten-free cookbook for teenagers.  Nathan created these Gluten-Free Sun-Dried Tomato Muffins as a lunch alternative to sandwiches.

FutureChefs Cookbook

Sasha Meshcherekova- age 14 (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada):  Sasha enjoys bonding with her friends over cooking.  She attended a culinary camp last summer, learning advanced techniques and flavor combinations.  You can visit Sasha on her food blog- Teen Chef in the Kitchen, which features projects with her dad and friends.  She created these Strawberry- Basil Cupcakes by using a base cake recipe from a foodie friend, adding basil make things interesting!

And now for a little GIVEAWAY!  Because I want you to have this book too, I’m giving away two copies of the FutureChefs Cookbook (personally signed by one of the contributors- Brooks Lange).  To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment below.  Check for another FutureChefs Cookbook giveaway too!  The winners will be chosen at random via Random.Org.  This giveaway will run for one week (until 10/19), and winners will be chosen and contacted on Sunday, October 19th– and then announced here.  Thanks for entering, and thank you for your support of this book!  You may also purchase the book on Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes & Noble.  You can probably find it at your local Barnes & Noble too!

P.S.  I’ll be sharing TWO recipes from the book tomorrow!

Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by me.  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.

166 Responses to “FutureChefs Cookbook: Review and Giveaway”

  1. postedOct 13, 2014 4:14 AM

    Sounds like a fabulous cookbook!

  2. postedOct 13, 2014 4:18 AM
    Kelley Everett

    Sounds great!

  3. postedOct 13, 2014 4:19 AM
    Christin Harrison

    My daughter would love this!

  4. postedOct 13, 2014 4:20 AM

    I’m in awe of the kid chefs! Their recipes look so delicious & I’d love to win a book!!

    thank you for the chance to win! Have a great Monday!


  5. postedOct 13, 2014 4:26 AM
    La Torontoise

    Lori, as a mother of a 10 years old boy, who loves to cook himself, I would love to have this book. So inspirational!
    Nothing excites children more than the positive example of peers.

    I look forward to the results of the draw.
    have a great week!

  6. postedOct 13, 2014 4:28 AM
    La Torontoise

    Lori, as a mother of a 10 years old boy who loves to cook himself, I would be so happy to have this book. So inspiring. Nothing excites children more than the positive examples of their peers.

    Have a great week!

  7. postedOct 13, 2014 4:36 AM
    Adelaide Kendall

    Would love this fabulous cookbook. Am always looking for new and inspirational ideas to try and this fits the role perfectly 🙂 Would be totally amazing!!!

  8. postedOct 13, 2014 4:44 AM

    I would love to win

  9. postedOct 13, 2014 4:45 AM
    Angi A.

    These recipes seem unique and have a healthy spin on them somewhat. I wonder if my kids would try something different if created by a kid too!

  10. postedOct 13, 2014 4:48 AM
    Holly Moore

    Sounds like a Great cookbook, I’d love to have a copy!

  11. postedOct 13, 2014 4:49 AM

    Great giveaway. Congrats to brooks!

  12. postedOct 13, 2014 4:50 AM

    This book is awesome! I have 4 future chefs that would love this book!

  13. postedOct 13, 2014 4:52 AM
    Linda K.

    You must be so proud! Congrats to you and your son!

  14. postedOct 13, 2014 4:56 AM
    Mary Ann

    What a great idea to feature kids who like to cook!!!

  15. postedOct 13, 2014 4:56 AM
    Kathy H.

    Congrats to Brooks for being highlighted in this book! Love books like these!

  16. postedOct 13, 2014 4:57 AM
    barbara n

    My kids love to cook with me and I value the time we spend in the kitchen together. Besides being fun, it is such a learning experience!

  17. postedOct 13, 2014 4:58 AM
    Barbara Schaefer

    I love seeing you and your son so passionate about cooking:)

  18. postedOct 13, 2014 5:09 AM
    Celeste B.

    Looks like the book contains some great recipes. Congrats to Recipe Boy for being included in this cookbook.

  19. postedOct 13, 2014 5:10 AM

    sounds like an awesome cookbook! thanks so much

  20. postedOct 13, 2014 5:11 AM
    Dori Raymond

    Looks like a great book. I work in an elementary school before and after school daycare, and I am always looking for great recipes to teach my students. Imagine how fun it would be for them to see that kids are chefs, too!

  21. postedOct 13, 2014 5:12 AM
    deana c

    My 13 year old son would love this cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  22. postedOct 13, 2014 5:13 AM

    You must be so proud of your son. I’m looking forward to reading this cookbook.

  23. postedOct 13, 2014 5:15 AM

    How exciting for Brooks! Would love a copy of this cookbook.

  24. postedOct 13, 2014 5:15 AM

    Sounds awesome!

  25. postedOct 13, 2014 5:23 AM

    Good morning Lori! Your excitement is appreciated; this is an awesome idea and book. I have an 11 year old granddaughter that has begun to spread her wings in the kitchen. I’d love to have the opportunity to share it with her 🙂

  26. postedOct 13, 2014 5:27 AM

    Good morning Lori! Your excitement is appreciated; this is an awesome idea and book. I have an 11 ear old granddaughter that has begun to spring her wings in the kitchen. I would LOVE to share this with her!

  27. postedOct 13, 2014 5:28 AM

    This book looks awesome! Congratulations Brooks on being featured.

  28. postedOct 13, 2014 5:28 AM
    Russell Schiappacasse

    Such a wonderful way to get young people involved in the cooking process! This book will definitely impact their lives now and in the future.

  29. postedOct 13, 2014 5:35 AM
    Natalie Gooch

    Lori – My kitchen is definitely the heart of the home and is the one place everyone gathers frequently…I love to cook and bake and from what you have described and from the brief glimpses of the new book, I would love the opportunity to put it to good use!

  30. postedOct 13, 2014 5:35 AM
    Jaime L.

    It amazes me that these kids are so talented at such a young age. How fabulous!!!

  31. postedOct 13, 2014 5:42 AM

    Congrats Brooks! What an amazing accomplishment!

  32. postedOct 13, 2014 5:47 AM

    I have a granddaughter who turns 12 t the end of Octob er who loves to cook and bake!! (Just like me!!) Six other grandchildren, but this is the one that has a true desire to make all things delicious!! She can’t wait for school days off and holidays to come over to Grandma’s house and bake. Christmas and Easter cookies are her specialty, but she loves trying all kinds of foods as well.! She loves when I find a cookbook geared for her age (which sometimes seems like 32, not 12!!) so this one seems like a dream!!

  33. postedOct 13, 2014 5:56 AM

    This would be so fun to use with my young friends. We are the hang out for lots of young ones. Most cook, at least some. This would be a great inspiration for all of them.

  34. postedOct 13, 2014 5:57 AM

    Looks like a great cookbook!

  35. postedOct 13, 2014 5:57 AM

    I would love to give this to my niece. She is a talented cook already (at 13).

  36. postedOct 13, 2014 6:14 AM

    Congrats to your son! I have givin his wed site to some of my grandkids and they just love his recipies

  37. postedOct 13, 2014 6:16 AM

    This would be so fun to use to introduce my daughter to different recipes.

  38. postedOct 13, 2014 6:17 AM
    Lilah felt

    Inspires me to teach my kids more.

  39. postedOct 13, 2014 6:17 AM

    So awesome! Congrats to Brooks!! I’d love to er my hands on a copy.

  40. postedOct 13, 2014 6:19 AM

    I never learned to cook as a kid, so this is wonderful. I have been teaching my kids and it’s books like this that make it fun for them.

  41. postedOct 13, 2014 6:33 AM

    Congratulations to Brooks and the rest of the contributors to the book. What an honor! Lori you have every right to be a proud Mama !

  42. postedOct 13, 2014 6:37 AM
    Yvette N.

    What a cool idea for a cookbook. It is refreshing to see kids cooking! Our daughter and 3 sons, were always in the kitchen helping us, and they are all
    fantastic cooks!

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  44. postedOct 13, 2014 6:46 AM
    Dorothy Teel

    Cool to see children and young adults being supported with such a wonderful idea, the old rule stands if you teach a child to cook they will eat what they cook and can care for themselves, I love that there are even gluten free recipes, thank you Nathan, there are a lot of people out there who love to cook and you all are making more possibilities with this cookbook “Future Chefs”

  45. postedOct 13, 2014 6:49 AM
    Lori Williams

    I LOVE this recipe book!! What an awesome idea and a great way to encourage these younger ones to reach for their dreams!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  46. postedOct 13, 2014 6:52 AM
    Kathy S.

    Cooking with my grand children is so important to me! Congratulations to your son on the great cookbook!

  47. postedOct 13, 2014 6:52 AM

    Congratulations, Brooks.

  48. postedOct 13, 2014 6:53 AM

    What a great cookbook! I love cooking in the kitchen with my kids!

  49. postedOct 13, 2014 7:07 AM
    Debbie S

    How wonderful! I have an almost 10 year old that’s interested in cooking. Hoping a cookbook by kids around his age will inspire him.

  50. postedOct 13, 2014 7:16 AM

    WOW! Congrats to him!!!!!!! How very exciting!

  51. postedOct 13, 2014 7:25 AM

    I would love to win, my 9 year old grandson loves to cook with me!

  52. postedOct 13, 2014 7:36 AM
    Michelle Myers

    I love that someone made a cookbook featuring future cooks. I know I was this way as a child always helping my mom in the kitchen. To this day I love to cook & bake! Thank you for the chance to win this cookbook. I always say if you can’t win it, just go buy it!!

  53. postedOct 13, 2014 7:38 AM

    This book sounds great! I would love to win one.

  54. postedOct 13, 2014 7:42 AM
    shari w.

    would love to win this cookbook for a very special young family to be enriched with these recipes…

  55. postedOct 13, 2014 7:42 AM

    How fun that your son is in the book!

  56. postedOct 13, 2014 7:43 AM

    What a great way to get kids cooking and stuff other than simple desserts too. That is fabulous.

  57. postedOct 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    My little grandson loved to cook and bake with his sisters and his mom. Just one more memory to store away.

  58. postedOct 13, 2014 7:45 AM

    So fun that Brooks is involved in this!

  59. postedOct 13, 2014 7:46 AM

    Although I have amassed hundreds of cookbooks along the way, I can’t resist a new one, especially with young chefs as the writers!

  60. postedOct 13, 2014 7:46 AM
    Michael Bird

    It is never to early and vitally important to teach our children how to handle themselves in the kitchen. Brooks and the rest of the youth are headed in the right direction.

  61. postedOct 13, 2014 7:52 AM
    Karie Gallegos

    What an awesome looking book! I would love to win a copy…I have started getting my 6 year old grand son involved in cooking and what a wonderful cookbook to share with him as we learn. I love the pictures by the way!

    Thank you!

  62. postedOct 13, 2014 7:55 AM
    Isabel Reguera

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! The book looks really cool!!! 😀

  63. postedOct 13, 2014 8:00 AM
    Ellen Barth

    What talented young people! Sounds like wonderful cookbook!

  64. postedOct 13, 2014 8:03 AM

    A nice giveaway and I’m sure a lovely cookbook. Thank you Lori.

  65. postedOct 13, 2014 8:09 AM

    Congratulations to you and your son! This is great! Would love to win this book. Love cooking from scratch.

  66. postedOct 13, 2014 8:09 AM
    Sean C

    One can’t have enough cookbooks! Congrats to both of you.

  67. postedOct 13, 2014 8:12 AM

    It is SO GREAT that kids are cooking! Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. postedOct 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    Congrats to recipe boy – this book looks awesome!

  69. postedOct 13, 2014 8:20 AM
    martha Jean Oliver

    I would love to have a copy of this cookbook. I would enjoy trying out the
    receipes with my grand children

  70. postedOct 13, 2014 8:31 AM
    Dave James

    This looks like an amazing book. My daughter grew up learning to cook and experimenting right beside me

  71. postedOct 13, 2014 8:32 AM

    Both my young kids love to cook. Both of them would love this cookbook!!!

  72. postedOct 13, 2014 8:40 AM

    Fingers crossed!

  73. postedOct 13, 2014 8:42 AM

    What a fun idea for a cookbook and I love seeing Brooks in there! These are definitely some of the chefs of the future.

  74. postedOct 13, 2014 8:45 AM

    Great offer and way to expose some very talented individuals!

  75. postedOct 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    What a great cookbook! Would love to share it with my kids

  76. postedOct 13, 2014 9:00 AM
    Nancy Andrews

    I think it s wonderful the interest these children have in cooking and the book looks great, would love to have it.

  77. postedOct 13, 2014 9:03 AM

    What a cool cook book!

  78. postedOct 13, 2014 9:28 AM

    I love that there is a book like this. Teaching kids to cook and where food comes from is something I’m super passionate about. Kids who can cook become adults more likely to make good food choices. Actually trying to get some cooking classes for kids going in my home town. And congrats to Recipe Boy!

  79. postedOct 13, 2014 9:29 AM

    When my sons were young (maybe 10 yrs), one of their ‘chores’ was that once a week one would make dinner and the other would make dessert, they had to find the recipes in one of my cookbooks and I made sure they had everything necessary for the recipe.. They would switch the chore the following week. I am so glad that we did this, the younger one who is now almost 40, is such a great cook, experimenting with recipes and flavor combinations, creating his own dishes, I love going there and having dinner! The older one who is 41 could keep himself alive if he had to….one of his dinners was scrambled eggs when he was young. He never really got into it but he can open a cookbook and make a recipe, if he had to. Thankfully he married a little Cajun girl who is a great cook! 😉

  80. postedOct 13, 2014 9:30 AM

    My two little chefs would love new recipes to try out!

  81. postedOct 13, 2014 9:37 AM
    Andrea D.

    I would love to win this and use it in my home. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  82. postedOct 13, 2014 9:42 AM
    Joan Mazur

    Congrats on the new book! How exciting for all of you!!

  83. postedOct 13, 2014 9:43 AM
    Nikki C

    What a great way to encourage kids!

  84. postedOct 13, 2014 9:56 AM
    Dawn merrison

    How exciting that your son Brooks is featured in this cookbook! I would love to win a copy. The recipes look good

  85. postedOct 13, 2014 10:03 AM
    Melodye Whalin

    What a super idea for a cookbook & to in courage our youth! I would love to win a copy!

  86. postedOct 13, 2014 10:15 AM
    Mary Paz

    Congrats to these talented young people. Will be fun to watch their careers blossom

  87. postedOct 13, 2014 10:31 AM

    My 14 year old daughter would love this book.

  88. postedOct 13, 2014 10:36 AM
    Susan Broughton

    I love all kinds of cookbooks so this one would be great to have!

  89. postedOct 13, 2014 10:41 AM

    I just love it when young kids find something they like and stick with it.

  90. postedOct 13, 2014 10:48 AM

    How amazing to see our young people develope an interest in cooking. I would love to win this cookbook and give it to my 8 yo granddaughter…..who is also starting to take an interest in cooking/baking.

  91. postedOct 13, 2014 10:58 AM

    I would love this for a Christmas gift for my little girl!!

  92. postedOct 13, 2014 11:00 AM
    Brad G

    that raspberry chocolate banana bread looks amazing!!

  93. postedOct 13, 2014 11:15 AM

    Would love to win this book,
    Especially to have it signed by such a wonderful
    Young talent in the Culinary world. I
    have checked his blog and he is now
    One of my favorite young chefs. What a mentor
    for younger kids with culinary dreams to follow…

  94. postedOct 13, 2014 11:21 AM

    I love cookbooks!

  95. postedOct 13, 2014 11:54 AM
    wendy spencer

    These recipes just sound absolutely delicious-I am AMAZED at these kids. Even I didn’t learn how to cook until I was in my 30’s!! 🙂

  96. postedOct 13, 2014 1:08 PM

    What a great giveaway! I love seeing the next generation take an interest in cooking!

  97. postedOct 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    It amazes me how talented so many young kids and teens are today with cooking and baking!!! Sounds like a terrific Christmas gift!

  98. postedOct 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    This would be great for my step-daughter who is wanting to learn how to cook.

  99. postedOct 13, 2014 1:52 PM
    Alicia Callahan

    I would love to have this cookbook. It’s awesome that these kids are interested in cooking and in developing recipes.

  100. postedOct 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    I have my own “future chef” that would love this!!

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