National Geographic Books About Food for Kids & Adults – Reader Giveaway

disclosureNational Geographic Food Books Review and Giveaway
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, food can be fascinating. Of course we love to eat it, but there is so much to learn about it as well. National Geographic is making that learning fun for both the little ones in our families and us adults with two brand new books about food: National Geographic Foods for Health and National Geographic Kids Cookbook.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOODS FOR HEALTH, written by celebrity chef and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver and nutrition scientist Dr. P. K. Newby, spotlights 148 ingredients – fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, oils, fats, and beverages – that provide huge health and nutritional benefits with the least impact on the environment. The authors show you how to incorporate these foods into your family’s daily meals while providing fascinating food facts, colorful cultural history and folklore about each ingredient, and the benefits and impact that they have on the planet as we look to live in a sustainable world.

Featuring invaluable tips, recommendations for food pairings and sample menus, this book is an always-there reference, a useable cooking guide, a handy health manual and an inviting, browsable read.

National Geographic Foods for Health

My take – As someone who is always trying to improve the types and quality of food we eat, I find this book very helpful. It is broken down by individual food items, whether they are vegetables, grains, etc and goes into detail for each with the details of the nutritional benefits of each, how to choose the best of the best at the store, suggestions for eating, as well as some fun facts. There are a few foods that aren’t currently in our diet that I am going to be investigating further and trying out.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS COOKBOOK also written by celebrity chef and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver contains more than fifty, all-new and yummy recipes, ideas for creative crafts and  activities and shows how cooking can be both healthy and fun. Highlights include a pack-your-lunch challenge, fall harvest feasts, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, how to host a dinner party for friends, preparing a Valentine’s Day dinner, writing a family cookbook, and how to plant a kitchen garden or indoor herb garden. The recipes in the book teach kids the basics of cooking while exposing them to foods from other cultures around the world, fun food trivia and activities, green tips for earth-friendly cooking, useful kitchen skills, and even a spotlight entitled “The Anatomy of a Sandwich!”


My take – This is a really fun book to get kids interested in and excited about food. Every page is bright and colorful and filled with great photos. Besides all of the information about food and nutrition there are lots of fun recipes with healthy ingredients to get kids in the kitchen and making food, which also makes it much more likely that they will actually eat it! There are also fun craft projects like making a birdbath, a lunchbag and more.

You can also get a glimpse of Chef Barton Seaver, the author of both of these books, in the clip below.



Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win copies of both National Geographic Foods for Health and National Geographic Kids Cookbook. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/17/14. Good luck!

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  1. My almost 5 year old son is getting interested in cooking….this would be great for us!

  2.' Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I am interested in new recipes.

  3.' barbara n says:

    As an adult I am still finding lots of new and interesting foods and ways of preparing them that I didn’t know! My CSA gives me fruit I have never had before…quince…. and I love to go to the farmers market to discover new products! Would love to win this giveaway!

  4.' Bettye Short says:

    I love cooking and would like to try recipes and try making great and delicious meals.

  5.' Sharon Kaminski says:

    This would be good in getting the kids to get interested in cooking and making things on their own.

  6.' Sharon Schoepe says:

    I love the idea of involving my kids in preparing healthy foods

  7.' Danielle D says:

    They have fun interesting recipes!

  8.' Karen Gray says:

    I actually find both of them exceptionally interesting and useful. The kids’ cookbook would be amazing for teaching my son about food and letting him help me with cooking, and my own personal healthy food knowledge has major room for improvement as well, so the other book would also come in handy.

  9. I think it’s really awesome that national geographic is talking about food both to adults and children. I’d love to use the cookbook to talk to children about food, how to make it, and how it affects their lives on a daily basis.

  10. I am very interested in hearing about foods with high nutritional value with the least environmental impact.

  11. My kids love the National Geographic kids’ books. They have great color and pictures.

  12.' beth shepherd says:

    My kids love their books and they would love these. Thank you

  13.' Heather Paul says:

    I find that my children eat more in quantity and better in quality when they help make their own food, so I am very interested in the Kids Cook Book especially!!

  14.' Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    What interests me about the Kids Cookbook is that it encourages children to be comfortable in the kitchen!

  15.' Nicholas Balandiat says:

    I like they have foods with huge nutritional value that are low impact on the environment. I was surprised to find that things like Canola Oil which is good was actually bad for the land!

  16.' Heather Freeman says:

    They both look great, but I would love to give the kids cookbook to my niece, because she is at the age when she can start helping mommy in the kitchen.

  17.' christina moore says:

    I’ve taught children’ nutrition, and these books would come in handy in the future!

  18. What interests me about the NG Kids cookbook is that it gets kids excited about cooking with fresh, interesting, healthy ingredients and gives them great pictures to inspire them.

  19. They can also learn cool food facts.

  20.' jennifer toft says:

    cook new healthy options for my little one

  21.' DIANE HAMEL says:

    THis is so cool…I want it

  22. I like that the Kids cookbook has ideas on packing school lunches. Always trying to think up new ideas.

  23. I love the kid friendly recipes. My children are very picky eaters and it would be great for them to be able to look through and tell me what they’d like!

  24. I love everything with healthy food.

  25. I love everything with healthy food. The children’s one looks good too

  26.' Christine Sheetz says:

    I love cookbooks.

  27.' Kathy Lausche says:

    My Grandson is 12 and he had a heart transplant last year. He is really starting to get into cooking healthy. The child’s cookbook would be great for him!

  28. I’m interested because my kids are picky eaters and this would help them want to try new things.

  29.' Rosanna Perrigo says:

    My grand children love to cook. The fun facts will make it more interesting for them.

  30.' Heather Poindexter says:

    They both sound great! Food for Health sounds wonderful as I am always looking for new and interesting recipes. A long as they re easy and healthy

  31. I have two elementary aged boys and want to encourage them to help in the kitchen, The National Geographic Kids Cookbook looks like a marvelous tool and grand photos.

  32. First of all, I’m a fan of National Geographic. I would like to donate these books to my local library, if I win. Books like this should be shared.

  33.' Lori Walker says:

    I love Nat Geo and this looks fun.

  34.' Katie Rose says:

    My son LOVES reading and learning about things and I love cooking. I’d enjoy using the cookbook with him.

  35.' Leanne Godfrey says:

    The Foods for Health book interests me because it contains food pairings and sample menus!

  36.' Michelle H. says:

    I am interested in the lunch packing tips from the cookbook.

  37. The cookbook really interests me because both my kids love to cook 🙂

  38.' anthony morrison says:

    I would love to try some new recipes and get my family involved in cooking with me 🙂

  39. Thanks for the giveaway…we are interested in foods that have big nutritional value with the least environmental impact.

  40.' Jennifer sorenson says:

    My daughter who is 4 would love this, actually perfect for her. She loves coming and baking with me, and everything we eat she asks is this good for my body ? I love how inquisitive she is and this would be great in more kid vocabulary for her to understand! Thanks for the chance to win !

  41. it would be nice to make foods that are better for you

  42.' crystal bostrom says:

    Healthy recipes

  43. This seems so kid-friendly.

  44.' Scarlett A says:

    My son loves to cook and would enjoy trying new dishes.

  45.' Tina Reynolds says:

    My oldest two would love this especially my daughter that loves to cook

  46. My daughter is enjoying trying out new recipes, so I am sure she would love the kids cookbook. The Sparling Cider looks good!

  47.' Melanie Comello says:

    I would love that the cookbook would help me get my little one involved and to give me new things to try out 😉

  48.' Kathy Pease says:

    I have been trying to eat healthier and would love to try some new recipes

  49. My kids have been asking to cook more. The kids cookbook would be great for them to start learning with.

  50.' Candice Hull says:

    I like that the cookbook has fun activities and challenges for the kids as well as recipes. I also like that it teaches them about the foods

  51.' Frank Polgar says:

    Would like to discover some new recipes.

  52.' Melanie Montgomery says:

    I am always looking for new recipes to cook

  53. would love to share with my nephews

  54.' Robyn Lynne Norris says:

    The Foods For Health looks so interesting. I love the idea of cooking with the healthiest natural ingredients possible.

  55.' connie black says:

    How easy some of the recipes are to make

  56.' bluecat731 says:

    I love cookbooks and trying new recipes.

  57.' Sven Bannu says:


  58. My 8 year old loves to help me cook and I love that this isa book geared to eating healthy with recipes she will love to try.

  59.' Angela Winesburg says:

    My nephew loves the National Geographic kids’ books.

  60. my daughter loves learning and that is what is great about these books!

  61.' Michelle D says:

    My seven year old son just recently got excited about learning to cook, and having these books would really help him on his cooking journey.

  62. My niece would really love the recipes

  63.' Laurie Emerson says:

    What interests me is the National Geographic Kids Cookbook. My daughter loves to help me cook but because of her age she is limited to wast she can do.There are so many recipes that she could try and it would be so much fun making the together.

  64. I like that the National Geographic Kids Cookbook looks awesome for kids and easy for them 2 follow the recipes.

  65. Looks like a great way to start teaching kids how to cook

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