5 Fun Cookbooks for Kids
Whether you’re baking with children or prepping your college student on basic cooking skills, this roundup of cookbooks will help get your kiddos into the kitchen
This edition of the wildly successful The Silver Spoon Italian cookbook is adapted for children. The book features 40 authentic, quick, wholesome and easy-to-make Italian recipes that kids 10 and above will love to cook and eat. The recipes have been chosen for their simple instructions, fresh and healthy ingredients and delicious flavor.
The Silver Spoon for Children is fully illustrated throughout, using specially commissioned illustrations to add a charming feel, and photographs of the finished dish. $19.95
Adapted from The Forest Feast, Erin Gleeson’s first book, The Forest Feast for Kids (2016) is meant for kids to cook from themselves, with an adult nearby. The book is vegetarian and the goal is to get kids cooking with more fruits and vegetables by looking at these simple, diagram-like, photo-illustrated recipes.
The book features the most kid-friendly recipes from the first book, plus several new ones, including menus for parties that kids can host. Also included are watercolor-illustrated pages on kitchen tools and how to cut certain vegetables. The target age is 8-12, however younger or older kids may also enjoy it. $19.95
New to the kitchen? Living on your own for the first time? Prep: The Essential College Cookbook is a useful guide featuring everything you need to cook yourself real meals with real food. Centered around 10 basic lessons to get you comfortable in the kitchen, this book will get you whipping up nutritious meals, satisfying snacks, and simple desserts for you and your friends in no time.
Also included are notes on knife skills, essential (and nonessential) cooking tools, and stocking your pantry. This is your go-to guide for cooking basics. $18.95
Packed with more than 60 yummy recipes for easy-to-make treats, from crepes and cookies to fish tacos and nachos, Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids makes cooking loads of fun!
This book features gorgeous photography and colorful illustrations in an uncomplicated book that kids and parents will love. Try the cinnamon-swirl French toast for breakfast, or granola bars for after-school snacks.
Delicious and simple, the recipes inspire creativity while teaching the basics of healthy eating and giving kids skills they can use throughout their lives. $19.95
Following the best-selling book Cooking Class, this baking cookbook for children ages 8–12 features 50 easy-to-follow, kid-friendly recipes. Lively step-by-step photos in Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, decorate cookies, and produce a perfect pie, along with essential skills like following directions and accurately measuring ingredients.
Kids will learn to make both sweet and savory treats and will use fresh fruits and vegetables in recipes such as Bursting with Blueberries Muffins, Zombie Zucchini Bread, and Peachy Keen Crumble. Bonus goodie bag stickers, pop-out gift tags, and bake sale signs encourage kids to share their homemade delights with pride. $17.45
For Mom & Dad
Sneak healthy food into your picky child’s meals with the help of Jessica Seinfeld. Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food is practical, easy-to-read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy.
With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month’s worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. Seinfeld also provides humorous personal anecdotes, tear-out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid who loves sugar.