Disney Gift Guide: Disney Cookbooks!

There’s something completely awesome about finding one of my favorite Disney recipes and reproducing it at home.

After all, I can’t be at the parks everyday, so it’s a real treat to reproduce a little of that Disney magic right in my own kitchen!

Disney Cookbooks for the Whole Family

If you love cooking as much as you love eating (or you know someone who does), then today’s gift guide is just for you! We’re compiling some of our all-time favorite Disney cookbooks into one handy post for your perusing pleasure. Let’s get started!

Chef Mickey: Treasures From the Vault & Delicious New Favorites

Chef Mickey: Treasures From the Vault & Delicious New Favorites by Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs has to be one of our favorite Disney cookbooks to date! The book features more than 150 recipes from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line.

Chef Mickey Treasures From the Vault

But in addition to wonderfully classic dishes, like Steak Diane from the Lake Buena Vista Club, you’ll also find a collection of vintage photographs, including some of Walt Disney himself!

Mickey’s Gourmet Cookbook: Most Popular Recipes From Walt Disney World & Disneyland

One of our staff favorites, Mickey’s Gourmet Cookbook: Most Popular Recipes From Walt Disney World & Disneyland by the Disney Book Group is a volume that we find ourselves pulling off the shelf time and again for vintage recipes, as well as current favorites!

Mickey

In fact, before it was available in bookstores, this book sold over 300,000 copies in the parks alone!

Delicious Disney

Published in 2006, Delicious Disney by Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs is chock-full of your favorite recipes from restaurants throughout the parks, resorts, and cruise ships.

Delicious Disney

The book also includes lots of full-color photos that help to ensure your dish turns out just right!

Cooking With Mickey: The Most Requested Recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland

This one has been a fan favorite for years! With several editions, the Cooking With Mickey: Most Requested Recipes books offer several great recipes from decades of Disney dishes. Be sure to grab one with the original plastic comb binding!

Cooking With Mickey and the Chefs of Disney

224 pages of Mickey’s finest! This is another book that contains recipes from Disney World restaurants and chefs. This was one of the original Disney Resort cookbooks!

Published in 1998, this may not have your most recent favorites, but it will most definitely have the classics. This is a more straightforward cookbook and doesn’t have as many glossy photos as the others do. Those of you who find it distracting to flip through endless pages of photos to get to your recipe will love this one! For more up to date recipes, there’s a new version of this cookbook published in 2004

Delicious Disney Desserts

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Disney Gift Guide: Save an Additional 15% on Fun Disney Food Gifts!

Ho Ho Ho, everyone! Do you have all of your Christmas shopping finished yet? What about your decorating?

If the answer is NO, I have some great news. We bumped our regular Friday gift guide to Monday this week because The Disney Store online is having a terrific sale, TODAY ONLY! You’ll receive 15% off your total order — store-wide — plus free shipping on $75 or more with promo code MAGICAL.

So, to celebrate saving money, we’ve put together some fun Disney food finds for your favorite friends! (Remember, the discount is store-wide, so these are just our suggestions. ;-D)

Delicious Disney Cookbook

When your attention turns away from decking the halls and back to the kitchen, we have a few gifts that will be perfect for your favorite Disney food fan who’d like to bring the magic home.

For the gourmet, check out Delicious Disney Cookbook. Perfect for your friend who likes to try their hand at the yummy restaurant recipes found throughout Disney.

Delicious Disney Cookbook

Personalizable Mickey Mouse Kitchen Towel

If you’re looking for something that friends can use year-round, check out the Mickey Mouse Kitchen Towel. And it’s personalizable — perfect for the friends who just moved into that new house, or just got married!

Red Mickey Mouse Kitchen Towel -- Personalizable -- Available in Red

Light Up Disney Village “Mickey’s Ice Cream Shop” by Dept. 56

Here’s a fun, unique Disney touch for your coffee table or under the tree. Check out this Light Up Disney Village “Mickey’s Ice Cream Shop” by Dept. 56. A perfect addition to your holiday village.

Light Up Disney Village "Mickey's Ice Cream Shop" by Dept. 56

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Disney Cookbooks

In addition to eating Disney food, a lot of us like to try our hand at it at home! For those of you who want to bring Disney into your kitchen, I’ve compiled a few Disney-themed cookbooks for consideration.

Some of these I’ve used, and some simply come highly recommended. There are cookbooks that have recipes for dishes you can get in Disney parks and cookbooks that have “Disney-inspired” recipes — many of them will be fun to use with kiddos in the kitchen, too!

As always, I’d love to hear your favorite Disney recipes. Are there any you’ve tried?

COOKBOOKS FOR EVERYONE TO TRY
disney-recipes-inspirationDisney Recipes: From Animation to Inspiration by Ira L. Meyer and Marcello Garofalo: This is a great option for adults cooking with kids (or adults who feel like kids!). The colorful book contains recipes connected to Disney movies and Disney entertainment (think: “Lady and the Tramp’s Spaghetti Bella Notte” and “Pocahantas’ Savory Indian Corn Pudding”).

DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

  • Written in 2003, you miss out on recipes referencing Disney movies in recent history, but the classics are here.
  • With margin notes of “things kids can do” while in the kitchen, everyone can participate.

Delicious Disney by Pam Brandon Written in 2006, this will likely be one of the most “true to life” cookbooks for those of you hoping to duplicate dishes you’ve had in Disney Parks, Resorts, and Cruise Ships. With modern recipes from today (including your favorite dishes from the likes of California Grill and Jiko) and classics from yesterday (some date back to the 60’s!), there’re lots to try.

DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

Pam Brandon is a guru of Florida travel and Disney cookbooks. An author and foodie extraordinaire, Pam is working on another cookbook for Disney and writes a Divas of Dish column.

cooking-with-mickey-and-the-chefs-of-disneyCooking With Mickey and the Chefs of Walt Disney World Resort by Pam Brandon: 224 pages of Mickey’s finest! This is another book that contains recipes from Disney World restaurants and chefs. This was one of the original Disney Resort cookbooks!

DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

  • Published in 1998, this may not have your most recent favorites, but it will most definitely have the classics.
  • This is a more straightforward cookbook and doesn’t have as many glossy photos as the others do. Those of you who find it distracting to flip through endless pages of photos to get to your recipe will love this one!
  • Note — there’s a new version of this cookbook published in 2004

gourmet-mickey-cookbookCooking with Mickey (Gourmet Mickey Cookbook) Volume II: The Most Requested Recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland by The Walt Disney Company: This 298-page tome contains recipes from the chefs of Walt Disney World as well as Walt Disney’s personal recipes! You can also find recipes from the parks and resorts, including Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Polynesian Resort, and the Disneyland Hotel. Published in 2000.
DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

Word has it that this is the same book, word for word, as “Mickey’s Gourmet Cookbook” (not mentioned in this blog post). Probably no need to buy both!

disney-bakeryThe Disney Bakery: 30 Magical Recipes by Adrienne Berofsky: If your sweet tooth has been clamoring lately, this little book contains recipes inspired by Disney movies. Within its colorful pages, you’ll find Cinderella’s Cream Puff Coaches, Canine Crunchies, and Peanut Butter Dumbo Dunkers, among many others. The table of contents is arranged by movie, so be sure to decide what you want to watch before you head for the kitchen!
DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

If you couldn’t tell, this is another great one for adults and kids to enjoy together. The book won’t serve as a challenge for my professional baker friends, but it’s fun for a rainy afternoon!

COOKBOOKS TO USE WITH KIDS
tianas-cookbookTiana’s Cookbook (The Princess and the Frog), Recipes for Kids by Disney Press: Here’s what Disney says, “This kid-friendly cookbook features recipes inspired by Tiana’s restaurant in The Princess and the Frog. With simple instructions, large photographs, and charming character art, the book features everything from Tiana’s famous beignets to a bayou smoothie. A star-rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are and the characters offer cooking tip. This charming cookbook is sure to please!

magic-kitchenThe Disney Magic Kitchen Cookbook by Stephanie Karpinske: This is basically 128 pages chock full of your kids’ favorite Disney characters, end-to-end pictures, fun activities, and healthy eating ideas. Dory and Nemo’s Breakfast Cookies and Buzz’s Blast Off Burritos are just a couple of the interesting dishes you’ll be making together.

DisneyFoodBlog Notes:

With a “School Lunch” section, fruits and veggies guide, and fitness log included, this can be a helpful learning guide for your kids when it comes to making healthy decisions in their everyday food and activity choices.