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Get your kids involved in the kitchen with these easy and fun-to-follow recipes from They Draw & Cook

They Draw & Cook's fun illustrations make it easy for your kids to whip up their own delicious and healthy snacks.

Are you trying to replace the remote control with something more productive in your household? Sometimes all we want is to move our kids off the couch and get them involved with something besides TV and video games. If you’re in need of a distraction for your kids, cooking can be one of the most rewarding and stimulating activities — no matter their age.

10 Illustrated Recipes for Kids

For those who would like to get their kids into the kitchen or for those who have kids that love cooking already, our friends from They Draw & Cook have published a new illustrated cookbook that will motivate your kids to put on their chef’s hats.

The interactive book created for iPads features 20 illustrated recipes that are not only simple and easy to follow, but fun to read and look at. From recipes as simple as boiling an egg to fun creations like "Apples with a Smile" — an apple, peanut butter, and marshmallow concoction — They Draw & Cook for Kids will not only entertain your children but get them excited to be cooking in the kitchen — just be sure to protect that iPad. Check out a sneak preview of recipes from their new illustrated book.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce

This article was originally published November 26, 2012.

Kid Recipes: Cooking with Kids

Here are some recipes I have used when “cooking” with kids in the classroom.

Because we often do not have access to heat, these are no-cook recipes that do not require heat. These are individual portion recipes so each child can make their own snack. For any recipe that uses peanut butter, I recommend replacing it with Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) if you have a child in your classroom who is allergic to peanuts. It has the same texture, color, and personally, I think it has the same taste.

Check for all food allergies before using any recipe when cooking with kids. If you have a child in your class with food allergies, send home a list of ingredients for the parent to look over, sign, and return.

Mud Pie

Ingredients: Instant chocolate pudding Oreo cookies Milk Gummy worms Directions: Mix instant chocolate pudding according to the directions on the package. The children help add the “dirt” (pudding mix) and “rain” (milk) to make “mud.” To make this part extra fun, I punch holes in a styrofoam bowl and when the children pour the milk into the bowl it drips like rain into the mixing bowl. The children help mix the mud with a spoon. Put 2 Oreos in a ziplock bag for each child to crush. Put the crushed Oreos in a clear punch cup, add a gummy worm and 3-4 spoonfuls of pudding.

Pineapple Bagel Spread

Ingredients for one serving: 1 mini bagel half spoonful of crushed pineapple 1-2 spoonfuls of whipped cream cheese Directions: Mix together the crushed pineapple and cream cheese. Spread the mixture on a mini bagel half.

Strawberry Ritz

Ritz crackers Strawberry preserves or jam Spreadable cream cheese Directions: Mix a spoonful of strawberry preserves and a spoonful of cream cheese together. Spread mixture on 2 Ritz crackers. This could be made with other kinds of jam (blackberry, raspberry, etc.)

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients: Mini sponge cake or piece of angel food cake or pound cake Strawberries, sliced Whipped cream topping Directions: Layer ingredients in a clear punch cup.

Mini Pizza

These are made by spreading Ragu Pizza Quick sauce on an English muffin half, then sprinkle on some shredded mozarella cheese. (These can be warmed in a toaster, microwave, or oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or less, but that’s optional.)


Stack half of a graham cracker, half of a chocolate bar, and spread marshmallow cream on top.

Rainforest Sundae

Place chunks of pineapple, mango, and banana in a clear punch cup or ice cream dish. Add one scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top.

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients for one serving: 1 boiled egg small amount sweet pickle relish small amount mayonnaise Directions: Cut the egg in half, and place the yolks in a bowl. Mash the egg yolks in a bowl with a fork, and add relish and mayonnaise. Mix ingredients. Spoon the mixture into the egg whites.

Turkey Flat Bread

Ingredients: Flat bread Spreadable cream cheese or Cheese Whiz Sliced turkey deli meat Directions: Spread the cheese on the flat bread. Add the turkey slices and roll the bread.

Cinnamon Pears

Ingredients for one serving: 1/2 cup canned diced pears 1 tsp. sugar (brown or white) 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon Directions: Put diced pears in a bowl and sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon. (This can also be microwaved, but that’s optional.)

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients for one child: Four ginger snap cookies 3 spoonfuls of vanilla pudding or whipped topping 1 spoonful of canned pumpkin Small cup of white icing (or cream cheese) Orange food color Small squeeze tube of black icing Directions: Stir canned pumpkin and the vanilla pudding or whipped topping together. Place a spoonful of the mixture onto a ginger snap cookie. Gently place another gingersnap cookie on top (do not squish it down). These can be frozen. I usually place them on a sturdy paper plate and write the child’s name beside each, and place them in the freezer on the plate. After they are frozen, you can decorate the cookies like a pumpkin. Add a drop or two of orange food color to each child’s cup of white icing (or cream cheese). Let the child stir the icing with a popsicle stick and spread it on the sandwich cookie. Use a small squeeze tube of black icing to make a pumpkin face.

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients for one serving: Mini graham cracker crust 3 spoonfuls of vanilla pudding 1 spoonful of canned pumpkin 1 spoonful of whipped topping Directions: Stir the vanilla pudding and canned pumpkin together. Spoon the mixture into the mini pie crust. Top with whipped topping.

Lemon Pie

You need a miniature graham cracker piecrust, disposable bowl and spoon. Put one spoonful of whipped topping, one spoonful of frozen lemonade concentrate, one spoonful of sweetened condensed milk into the bowl and mix. Scoop the mixture into the piecrust.

Chocolate Pie

Ingredients: Mini graham cracker pie crusts Instant chocolate pudding Whipped cream topping Directions: Spoon chocolate pudding into the pie crust. Top with whipped topping.

Peanut Butter Pizza (Or Sunbutter)

Ingredients: Peanut butter One English-muffin half per child Toppings: banana slices, mini marshmallows, raisins, cake sprinkles Honey (in squeeze bottle) Directions: Spread peanut butter on English muffin. Add any toppings you choose. Honey drizzled on top is optional. (Use sunbutter for children with peanut allergies.)

Peanut Butter Balls (Or Sunbutter)

Each child will need a bowl, spoon, waxed paper, 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and honey. Add the powdered milk, peanut butter, and small amount of honey to the bowl and stir. When it is all mixed together, roll the mixture into balls and place on the waxed paper. Refrigerate. (Use sunbutter for children with peanut allergies.)

Peanut Butter Fudge (Or Sunbutter)

Ingredients for one serving: 1/4 cup vanilla or chocolate frosting 1/4 cup peanut butter Directions: Stir ingredients together until well-blended. Spread on a small styrofoam plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Use sunbutter for children with peanut allergies.)

Peanut Butter Banana Delight (Or Sunbutter)

Ingredients for one serving: sliced banana 3 tablespoons whipped topping 2 teaspoons peanut butter Crushed graham crackers Directions: Stir together whipped topping and peanut butter. Put a graham cracker in a ziplock bag for children to crush, and layer the graham cracker in the bottom of a punch cup. Add peanut butter whipped cream and sliced bananas. (Optional: Drizzle chocolate syrup on top.) (Use sunbutter for children with peanut allergies.)

Now, our friends at Timbuktu are sharing illustrated healthy recipes for both parents and kids that are sure to please!

“Today on Timbuktu there’s a special content: it’s the first illustrated recipe without boring operations and we decided to start from an awesome Eggplant Pie, illustrated by the wonderful Lydia Nichols. Being aware of what you eat, and how you cook it is crucial to raise healthy, responsible kids.

This is why we care A LOT about good recipes and we want you to try them for many reasons:

1. We tried every single recipe and we can tell they are not just beautiful, they’re DELICIOUS. (It was a tough job, but someone…)

2. Cooking together is great: it allows kids to build a healthier relationship with food and it can be fun!

3. Time management is always a huge problem when it comes to family life. Parents would always like to have more time to play with their kids. Cooking dinner together is a great way to optimize your family time.

4. The recipes on Timbuktu are healthy: lots of vegetables, fish, and no fat foods. Most importantly, even if they are not fat, they are tasty and not boring at all!

5. Great fun facts about the food you cook! (Did you know eggplants are not vegetables? They’re fruit! Properly speaking, they’re berries.)”

Click here to read great books for kids that have healthy foods in them, such as “Blueberries for Sal” and “James and the Giant Peach”. These books may even help you come up with a few of your own healthy recipes! Another great idea is to teach your children how to plant a seedling so they can grow their own garden full of healthy foods!

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Melissa is Reading Kingdom’s community manager and mom to two daughters, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 tortoises. She is also an advocate for children with special needs as her youngest daughter suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Another major passion for Melissa is animal welfare and she volunteers as a foster parent for stray and abandoned animals.

Simple Soap

1. Take a transparent/glycerin soap and cut it into small pieces.

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2. Now, transfer these pieces into a bowl.

3. Melt the soap pieces either in a microwave oven or by using a gas stove. You can also grate the soap into flakes and melt the flakes.

4. Optional: Add required quantity of fragrance to the melt.

5. Optional: You can add a few drops of desired liquid food color to the melt.

6. Take a hand blender and mix the ingredients to get a clear liquid. You can also mix the ingredients using your hand by simultaneously adding water to the mixture, until it gets the form somewhat like playdough.

7. Pour the mixture into soap molds. If you have made the mixture into dough, then rub a few drops of vegetable oil on your hands and shape the soap dough, in the desired shape and size.

8. Let the soap stand overnight and then remove it from the molds. Your soap is ready to be used!

Cucumber and Aloe Soap

  1. Take soap flakes and put them in a bowl. You can even grate a soap bar to make the soap flakes at home.
  2. Now slice the loofah into thin round pieces.
  3. Now add the soap flakes, sliced loofah, aloe vera gel, colorant and cucumber oil into a bowl.
  4. Mix them well into a microwave-friendly bowl using a blender or beater.
  5. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and place it in the microwave for a minute.
  6. Now, stir any remnants of the undissolved soap pieces.
  7. Pour the mixture into a soap-making mold of the desired shape!
  8. Make sure to let the soap dry for 2 to 3 days before taking it out of the mold!

Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

  1. Melt 8 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and 8 oz. of white/transparent soap base.
  2. Now, combine the two melted bases and add colorant, if you want to.
  3. Add fragrance to the mixture and stir it properly
  4. Grind ½ oz. of oatmeal and add it to the mixture.
  5. Remember that the oatmeal should remain suspended in the mixture and should not sink. If it is sinking, it indicates that the mixture is not thick enough. If so, stir it further so that the mixture is thickened or just let it cool for some time.
  6. Once the oatmeal particles are suspended in the mixture, pour the mixture into molds.
  7. You should wait for 2 – 3 hours for the soap to dry, or it is advisable to wait overnight for the soap to pop out of the mold easily.

Pumpkin Fragrance Soap

  1. Cut the glycerin soap into small chunks and place them in a microwave-friendly bowl.
  2. Keep the bowl in a microwave until the chunks melt.
  3. Now, remove it from the microwave and add clove, pumpkin fragrance oil, ground cinnamon, and liquid food color.
  4. Stir well and pour this mixture into soap molds.
  5. Place these molds in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, take this mold out of the freezer and pop the soap out of the molds.
  7. You can decorate them by using different things like pumpkin seeds, cinnamon sticks, etc., and wrap them in plastic wraps.
  8. You can start using the soap when it is dry.

Milk & Honey Soap

  1. Take chopped pieces of milk soap and melt them for about 30 seconds in a microwave.
  2. Once it completely melts, pour raw honey in it and blend it well.
  3. Now, add finely-crushed oatmeal, your favorite fragrance, and colorants.
  4. All you need to do is to pour the mixture into soap molds.
  5. Allow this to dry so that it can easily pop out.
  6. Once the soap portions are dried, take them out of the soap molds and let them air dry.

Kids Can Help

Your kids will need your supervision while making soaps. However, they can help you out in some activities. Please keep your kids away from chemicals or lye, if you are using one in your soap-making process.

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Aren’t these soaps really so easy to make? You can play with different fragrances, colors, and essential oils to make different kinds of soaps. Molds of different shapes are available in the market. Let your kids use their creativity to make different-shaped soaps. I am sure your kids will enjoy these soap-making recipes, and will enjoy their bath as well!

Simple Cooking for Kids: 12 Recipes to Try

1. These Choc-Orange Energy Balls are no bake (so perfect for making with kids) but involve lots of hands on opportunities for kids to help.

2. Or get your full bake on with this recipe for Chocolate & Zucchini Muffins. Via Picklebums.

When you’re shopping for the ingredients, be sure to point out the price tags to young children. Extend older children by bringing a calculator for them to work out the total cost of your groceries, and use real money instead of your EFTPOS card so they can physically see the exchange of money and work out the change they’ll get.

Back in the kitchen, measure the quantities of ingredients you need. Keep it simple for little ones as they count the number of spoons or cups, whereas older children can examine quantities and units of measurement (grams/millilitres) and discuss fractions (half, third, quarter of a cup). Finally, talk about time as you bake your delicious goodies!

3. Pikelets are a classic kid friendly recipe here in Australia and these Mini Fruit Pikelet Stacks are fabulous for afternoon tea or a playdate snack.

Take a look at where our food comes from and plant your own veggies and herbs to use in your cooking. ‘Living things’ is a really big part of the Science curriculum, especially in the early years.

Discuss how your ingredients change when mixed together and explore what happens to the mixture when exposed to a change in temperature (fridge/freezer/oven). Introduce new vocabulary with language such as dissolve, combine, freeze, melt, rise and steam.

6. These Frozen Berry Yoghurt Pops from Octavia and Vicky would be great for a hot day!

Research, discuss and try recipes and food from different cultures. Head out to dinner and try new foods regularly and then try a similar recipe at home! Locate the countries you are learning about on the map.

7. Kids love rolling out the tortillas made with this homemade tortillas recipe.

8. Who doesn’t love pizza? Kate from Picklebums shares a kid friendly twist on an Italian classic!

Cut out pictures of ingredients you need from junk mail to make a recipe collage. Or illustrate each step of the recipe/procedure for your very own recipe book. You could also use your favourite art technique to make your own set of family placemats.

9. These cute spider snacks make cooking a work of art too! Via Octavia and Vicky.

These days it’s so important to discuss healthy eating habits and five food groups with your children. Try using healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs from your own garden. Explore the concept of how healthy food fuels your body to give you energy to exercise (and play games such a fruit salad!)

11. For a super healthy and delicious fruit recipe, try these Crunchy Apple Boats.

12. Or these fabulous Blueberry Oatmeal Bowls (from Growing Book by Book).

What’s your favourite recipe to cook with kids?

Lauren Hunt is an Early Childhood Teacher who currently works part time teaching children in their first year of school. She is also mum to a two year old daughter. Lauren is passionate about play-based, hands-on learning and is certainly kept busy by her energetic toddler!

Illustrated Recipes for Kids - Recipes

We still have another week of school holidays to go so I've been bookmarking a few new recipes for Otis to try. He is able to read simple recipes but he still finds pictorial or illustrated recipes more interesting and easier to use. Here are a few I've put aside for him (pictured above):

Cheesy Vegetable Bake - requires (free) registration to download.

These are all designed to be very basic recipes with minimal ingredients and steps. Even if your child can make these independently supervision is still recommended. If you haven't used pictorial or illustrated recipes before keep in mind that some are easier than others, you may find your child needs a picture for every step or may need help with some measurements, there may be a style of recipe they find easier to follow. 

I've found a lot of visual recipes, most of them low cost at TPT (by purchasing you are supporting teachers) here. TES also has a few low cost visual recipes, I've downloaded this series which is free. Both TPT and TES require you to register and log in which is also free. I've linked to two, but Raddish Kids have a few more free illustrated recipes to download.

These recipes provide ideas and inspiration on how to DIY your own recipe cards, you can see the recipes cards we've used previously here:

    - here I also put all of the ingredients and tools needed on a tray, this was for Otis at 4 years.  - you can see how easy it is to quickly hand draw the recipe, this was for Caspar at three years.  - this was for Otis at 2 years, he didn't use a recipe card but I put all the ingredients premeasured on a tray, all he had to do was to put them in the bowl and mix. 

I've love to know if you have any favourite or most used illustrated recipes cards or if these work for your children. We've just ordered a FunPod for Otto so it won't be long and he will be cooking with us!

Illustrated Recipes for Kids - Recipes

Messy kids are no problem. You can print as many Kids Cookbook recipe copies as you need!

UPDATE! Just Added Volume 2: Kids in the Kitchen

I am making this for my grandaughter who is in Japan. She is almost 3 and i know that my daughter is going to love this.

"I finished downloading the book.

It is awesome! It is the best kids cookbook I have seen and I have searched the book stores. I can't wait to give it to my niece for her 8th birthday."

Myrna - Ball Ground, Georgia

56 recipe pages (Memories Made in The Kitchen) that were originally created for my grandkids. fully illustrated with pictures kids will laugh at. Your kids are going to love the easy to make cookbook recipes and memory journal.

Volume 2: Kids in the Kitchen - 50 more fully illustrated pages of REAL RECIPE'S kids can use to create complete home cooked meals with.

Volume 1 - Memories Made in the Kitchen

56 Fully illustrated pages

Kids Safety Instructions

Volume 2 - Kids in the Kitchen

50 pages of recipes (multiple recipes per page)

Not just decorating pre-cooked food, full recipes for creating complete meals

Child Friendly with large size print

Very limited use of the stove top or sharp knives - Child Safety First!

Both have Custom Cover Templates for child's photo and name

Both have Custom Dedication back cover pages for your personal message

Both come with personal journaling page template so you can document the memories with both your words and your photos should you take them.

We Love That It's Also a Treasured Heirloom Journal. Something For The Kids To Take With Them When They Are Grown And Leave The House. Something To Pass Along To Their Own Kids and Grandkids.

Kids Cookbook: Discover the joy of cooking and baking with kids recipes that make learning to cook fun. And, you can add custom journaling pages to both child cookbook volumes so you can document the memory forever! Turn the children's cookbook into a treasured family heirloom of memories.

*** Supervision required on some recipes.***

This instant downloadable collection contains 56 individual pages for Volume 1 and now another 50 pages in Volume 2 of fully illustrated kids cooking recipes - That's not counting your journaling pages.

We use an 8 1/2 x 11" paper format. All you need to do is print and slip into waterproof sleeves (optional) on a 3 ring binder.

New - Hardbound books now available - see below.

This makes a wonderful personalized handmade gift for that hard to buy person or child on your list.

The best part. once you buy the digital cook book, you can create and print as many copies of the children's cookbook as you need for everyone on your list. For added enjoyment, buy mini baking pans, mini loaf pans, baking sets and kids cooking utensils at

Wrap the cook book(s) with the cooking pans and give to your special child. Children love having their very own individual size pans to bake with. I know that our grandkids, all 5 of them (boys and girls) sure love theirs. Here's my grandson helping out recently ---->

Retail stores, such as Walmart, also carry a line of miniature baking pans that include a mini springform pan , heart shaped , tart shaped and small pie shaped pans .

For an extra special touch, use one of's scrapbook photo gift tags to finish off your holiday wrapping. After the holidays, we offer free thank-you letter templates for younger children.

What Memories Are You Going To Pass On. Will They Be "Memories Made In The Kitchen"?

Now Get them BOTH for only $12.00!

Instantly Access & Download After Purchase

Index and Sample Page: Volume 1

56 pages of full color fun in all

Custom Cover, Index and Sample Pages: Volume 2

(Click on Sample Pages for larger View in New Window)

Instant Download Access After Purchase

Custom Hardbound Book versions now available at:

Just send them your child's photo and your custom back cover/dedication and they'll create a beautiful custom Children's Cookbook - complete with journaling pages to record those treasured memories.

An HEIRLOOM that will be passed on and added to for generations to come.

You know, I still remember cooking with my "Nana" and it's been more than 25 years now since she left us. "Memories Made In The Kitchen" are some of the strongest and most cherished that you will ever have or give.

Favorite recipes from kids

It’s been a pretty incredible week watching beautiful spring with the redbuds and dogwood in full bloom one day, then covered with more than three inches of snow the next morning. I took lots of photos of the flowering trees at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, and then of the snow-covered blooming apple trees at my own home on Wednesday.

But as I write this, spring is returning and I am ready!

Mike and I saw lots of Ohioans getting vaccinated again this week. About 40 percent of the population is vaccinated now and lots of vaccination slots are available so it’s a good time to schedule your shots. We saw lots of innovative ways to get people signed up for shots in Youngstown yesterday. It’s so great to see what every county is doing. Everyone just wants to get back to normal, and this is how we do it!

We also went to Pike County late yesterday to talk to the Rhoden family after one of the defendants in the murder case changed his plea to guilty. Mike worked with the family for more than three years on this horrible case where the eight family members were murdered. There seemed to be a feeling of relief and gratitude among the family now that they were really finding out what happened.

As we left Pike County we passed the public library, and I remembered being there several years ago, talking to the children’s librarians. They were really doing incredible things with the children — not only reading to the kids and getting them interested in books but also making sure they have food, and little things like having parties to make the children really feel special at Christmas. With many libraries not entirely open yet, I just worry about the kids.

I participated in a statewide Zoom webinar for children’s librarians this morning to thank all the libraries for helping us sign up children for the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. Many counties shared how they model Imagination Library books for a lot of the programs the libraries already do, like story time and outdoor book trails. Many are going to use them for their summer reading programs. I love the idea of having graduations for kids who have turned five and received their last book from the Imagination Library. In Shelby County they receive a book bag for graduation. They will have the graduation ceremony in the park this summer to kick off their summer reading program.

The Rocky River Public Library has a cooking club for kids, and several months ago they asked me to do a cooking video for them. I did a short video on making Becky’s Microwave Brownies, and I sent them some of my little cookbooks. As a thank you, the kids made me a darling cookbook of their favorite recipes, which I treasure. The recipes are hand-printed and illustrated by the kids! I love it so much and the recipes are so good that I want to share a couple with you.

Soak 4 torn bread slices in 1/2 cup water for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add 2 eggs and mix well with a fork.

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)

With wet hands, form into small balls.

Broil in oven until brown.

Simmer loosely covered for 30 minutes.

Nana’s Pancakes

1 cup regular rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until blended.

Cook on hot griddle until top bubbles and flip (about 3 minutes).

Add toppings, like chocolate chips, whipped cream, sprinkles or maple syrup. Freeze leftovers.

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Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is a Cedarville resident, Yellow Springs native and guest columnist.

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Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is a Cedarville resident, Yellow Springs native and guest columnist.


There’s been concern from a lot of moms lately about the safety of slime recipes made with Borax. While making and playing with Borax slime should be perfectly safe, as long as your kids aren’t eating it, some moms are looking for Borax free slime recipes. Especially for kids who tend to put everything in their mouths.

The good news, is that this easy goop recipe is just corn starch and water, totally food safe. While it’s not the same texture as the Borax slime, it’s a satisfying and fun sensory experience. If you want to add some color, you can use food coloring if you want, but we just sprinkled in a bit of unsweetened Kool-Aid powder.

Illustrated Online Cookbook Features Over 6,600 International Recipes for Free

Struggling with what to make for dinner tonight? They Draw & Cook (TDAC) will help you decide while delighting you with dazzling artwork. As the name implies, this website is a massive treasure trove of over 6,600 tasty dishes, desserts, and cocktails from around the world&mdashall completely drawn, painted, or collaged. It&rsquos a fun twist on the traditional recipe card. Rather than simply listing the ingredients and instructions, artists create an entire image that features a colorful, artful representation of the final delicious product. Often, there&rsquos a story told through these illustrated recipes.

TDAC got its start in 2010, and like many great things, it was created by chance. Nate Padavick and Salli S. Swindell, a brother/sister design and illustration team called Studio SSS, thought of the idea while on vacation. Nate was trying to cook a dish&mdashfettuccine with figs in balsamic butter sauce&mdashas Salli was painting a picture of the figs. They then realized &ldquohow fun it was to illustrate food,&rdquocame up with the idea to create a small recipe book. Though the initial book was never produced, they did put their work on the blog. Word quickly spread, and TDAC now contains an impressive collection of illustrated recipes from professionals and enthusiasts around the globe.

Padavick and Swindell eventually got their illustrated recipe book after all. TDAC has spawned a collection of cookbooks that you can enjoy offline. Their first installment, They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artist from Around the World has sold more than 15,000 copies.