Jennifer Carden

Jennifer Carden
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Jennifer says her cooking style is currently dictated by cooking with a toddler but her core belief lies in texture and color. She started as a sculptor and collage artist and her style reflects that. “It is all about what looks good and how the textures intermingle,” she says.

Jennifer Carden
Jennifer's Featured Recipe
Lily Pad Pancakes

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Jennifer Carden is a chef, food stylist, and cookbook author. She wrote Toddler Café: Fast Recipes and Fun Ways to Feed Even the Pickiest Eater and her husband, photographer Matthew Carden took the pictures.


Jennifer and Matthew have been working together for a while, she as food stylist and he as photographer. She has worked on books by Mollie Katzen and Jacques Pepin and has done live television food styling for Guy Fieri of Guy’s Big Bite.


Jennifer contributed recipes to The Healthy Baby Workbook, and currently consults for What’s Cooking, a cooking school for children and families.


Jennifer and Matthew live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their young daughter. Her website is


Latest Recipes

Pumpkin Pockets

Here is a very easy way to make homemade ravioli. Gyoza wrappers can be baked, fried, or boiled like pasta. In this case, the wrappers co...

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Let Us Roll-Ups

Getting kids to eat raw vegetables can be a real struggle. This dish has crunch and texture from healthy vegetables, not chips! Crisp let...

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Lily Pad Pancakes

These bright green pancakes are sweet and full of vegetables–a tender version of a regular pancake. Inspired by a dish at a famous restau...

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Monster Mash

The bright green color of this dish will interest even the most vegetable-phobic child. This sauce recipe is quick and can be added to an...

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Treasure Triangles

Puff pastry is so versatile; it can be cooked up for sweet or savory dishes. Keep a package in your freezer for quick meals or to cook up...

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Twistin’ Chicken

Kids need texture; it makes food more interesting and primes them for grown-up eating. This can be served warm or cold, and it is a nice ...

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Happy Trails Mix

Tell the children it’s time to be important explorers who need some healthy snacks to bring with them on the trek. This is a great way to...

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