Cookbooks can be a great way to give kids a taste of ownership in the kitchen, normally a grown-up’s domain. And for those adults who may not naturally involve their children in the kitchen, or who don’t spend much time there themselves, handing your child a cookbook of his or her very own can provide a nudge in that direction.
After researching customer reviews from the fiercest critics, the kids themselves, we have put together a list of the best kid’s cookbooks available.
1MasterChef Junior Cookbook
This collection of recipes was inspired by all the young cooks who’ve appeared on Masterchef Junior…and it’s meant to inspire all the young cooks who haven’t. In addition to the 100 recipes, there are tips and timeless pieces of advice sprinkled throughout.
2The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
It’s not that all the recipes in this book are easy to make, but at the very least they’ll get Harry Potter-loving young ones interested in being in the kitchen. Recipes include Knickerbocker Glories and Rock Cakes.
3The Forest Feast for Kids Cookbook
All the recipes in The Forest Feast for Kids are vegetarian, and they’re all beautifully illustrated. The watercolor pictures aren’t unlike what you’d find in a fairy tale book—they’re just accompanying instructions to make pizza and smoothies instead of stories about princesses and castles.
4Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book
You could make the pizza recipe in this book, but it’s best for triggering a kid’s imagination. Pull-down and pop-out features allow children to “mix” and “slice” the pizza while reading. As the description says, it’s adult-free, knife-free, oven-free, and mess-free.
5Cookies!: An Interactive Recipe Book
For little ones with a sweet tooth, there’s this: a dessert take on the “Cook in a Book” interactive series. The illustrator has made pancake and taco versions, too.
6Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend Cookbook
Your young ones will want to eat nearly every recipe in our just-launched cookbook. There are good chunk of easy to make recipes, too. Flip right to the Unicorn Bark, Grilled Cheese Dippers, and Cheeseburger Cups.
7The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs
You could send your kid to cooking school or just buy them this book. It’s chock-full of simple recipes, tips, and important food education—like the difference between bittersweet and milk chocolate chips. And the kid reviews on the back cover are hilarious. “It’s 98% good. The tomato sauce is really yummy,” said 11-year-old Rebecca.
8American Girl Cooking Cookbook
Admittedly, this cookbook doesn’t really have anything to do with the American Girl dolls. But if the logo gets your kid interested in cooking, who really cares? Every recipe has a picture—important for newbies—and reviewers say preteens can easily prepare the grub by themselves.This quality selfie stick option has a stylish all-black finish, strong grip and practical, as well as an affordable price tag.
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9Cook Me a Story Cookbook
For the fairy tale obsessed kiddos, there’s this: Every recipe is inspired by a classic children’s story, like Goldilocks and the Three Pears, Cinderella, and Plumbelina. Cute, very cute.
10The Family Dinner Cookbook
This is a bit more of a cookbook to use with your children instead of straight-up hand to them. There are boxes of tasks that kids can do to help meal prep, plus conversation starters for the dinner table. Because “How was school today?” gets old.
11The Everything Kids Cookbook
From The Everything Series comes this kid-friendly cookbook. The authors didn’t try to dumb down grown-up food; they just gave kids what they want—mac and cheese, s’mores, pancakes, French fries. There are 30 food-themed puzzles within the pages of the book, too.
12This Cookbook is Gross
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Kids love gross things, and this book has plenty of them. Well, they’re actually delicious things—chocolate, cheese sticks—masquerading as gross ones—dirt, mice. The warning on the back tells you all you need to know, though: “Vomit Warning: Not Suitable For Boring Grown-Ups!”
13The International Cookbook for Kids
Near every recipe name on the table of contents, there’s the country it comes from, too. The intro of all the recipes serves as a littly history and culture lesson, too. You’ll spot foods from France, Italy, China, and Mexico—so your kids will have a little more knowledge about the pizza and orange chicken they love so much.