10 Best Cookbooks for kids that they will fall in love with in 2021!

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A splash of this and a sprinkling of that, a dash of this and a dollop of that – cooking is fun but when you get your kids involved in the kitchen it becomes so much more! From motor skills and hand-eye coordination to decision making, cooking teaches the young ones a lot of important things. And to get them started, here are some great cookbooks your little MasterChef can explore!

Cooking is one of the most important life-skills that kids can learn and starting them young, is always a good thing. Learning to cook at a young age has many benefits like learning the basics of math concepts, language skills, boost confidence, explore their senses and introduce them to new palates, but what makes the experience so memorable is all the fun that you can have with your children dishing out tasty treats.

To make this learning all the more easy & enjoyable, here are 10 extraordinary Cookbooks for Kids that details out everything in a simple manner. From drool worthy and healthy recipes using fresh ingredients to bonus features that sets each book apart, your kids will never want to eat out again or should we say order out again!

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1. Cooking class: 57 fun recipes that kids will love to make (and eat!), by Deanna . F. Cook

Cooking class cookbooks for kids

Best For:

Kids 6 to 12 years!

What to Expect:

A variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts.

Kinds of Recipes:

Over 50 recipes that are simple, innovative and healthy. The recipes are explained, in the easiest of ways to do simple things like how too hard boil an egg to harder and more complex preparations. There is something for every level.

Ingredients Used:

Simple and easy-to-find recipes call for fresh and healthy ingredients.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Popcorn Chicken, Homemade Peanut Butter, Crepes, Spring Rolls, French Toast and Pizzas.

What we liked:

The book is written in plain and simple kid-friendly language. Step-by-step instructions are provided along with colourful pictures that indicates the technique clearly.

Best part:

The introduction is well detailed and teaches one all the basic kitchen rules.

Bonus Feature:

Book includes recipe cards, place cards and perforated labels that will excite any child. Not to mention basic instructions on how to set a table, fold a fancy napkin or to even how to separate an egg.

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2. Super foods for Super kids Cookbook: 50 Delicious (and secretly healthy) recipes kids will love to make, by Noelle Martin

Super Foods for Super kids Cookbook

Best For:

Budding foodies!

What to Expect:

Whole grain and gluten free recipes.

Kinds of Recipes:

The recipes are very thoughtfully designed with a mix of ‘Super Foods’, as the name suggests. The book starts off with teaching kids kitchen skills and then provides recipes to practice those skills in that section. You will also find some simple and interesting recipes for toddlers.

Ingredients Used:

A great combination of super healthy ingredients like Avocados, Grapes and Walnuts along with gluten free snacks using fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins that are easy to find.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Burrito Salad Bowl, Oatmeal Pancakes, Banana Sushi.

What we liked:

The instructions are simple and clear, explaining the benefits of healthy cooking and tasty ways of incorporating them into your everyday meals. The layout of the book is designed neatly and it’s colourful with age appropriate instructions so that kids can make most of the dishes by themselves. However, the book also keeps in mind kitchen safety for kids, and recipes that require adult supervision are highlighted accordingly.

Best part:

Pantry section and nutritional information.

Bonus features:

Each section has some interesting food facts and quick and helpful tips laid out in small boxes under the names of “for laughs”, “silly jokes”, “swap it” and “flavour boost”, to name a few.

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3. Bookworms and Jellybellies, by Ranjini Rao & Ruchira Ramanujam

Bookworms & Jelly Bellies

Best For:

6 to 14 years!

What to Expect:

Recipes for breakfast, snacks, beverages and desserts.

Kinds of Recipes:

Over 50 recipes that will take your young budding chefs and you down memory lane. From Pooh Bear’s adventures and Famous Five to Malgudi with Swami. Get ready to go on an absolute joyride as you read through this beautiful book which is a combination of children’s literature and mouth watering recipes.

Ingredients Used:

Are quite healthy, easy to find and use.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Try out the Hungry Caterpillar Salad, Stone Soup, or Peppa Pig Lemonade.

What we liked:

The book is simply written and very easy for any child to follow through.

Best part:

Every section is well organised and categorised according to different age groups and skills.

Bonus features:

Each recipe mentions the number of people it can serve , prep time and kitchen gear such as which utensils are required for that particular recipe. Details on the kitchen gear makes them do the prep work all on their own. Recipes  are simple to make with minimum supervision.

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4. The complete cookbook for young chefs: 100 + Recipes that you’ll love to cook and eat! by America’s Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Best For:

8 to 12 yrs!

What to Expect:

Recipes for breakfast, snacks, beverages and desserts.

Kinds of Recipes:

Over 100 plus recipes tested by over 750 kids to ensure that each recipe is developed in a way that is just right for cooks of all skill levels.

Ingredients Used:

Are mainly healthy and easy to find and use.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes, Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs.

What we liked:

Step by step instructions along with photos that provides engaging visual for your young cooks.

Best part:

Testimonials given by young chefs that will encourage kids to become “confident cooks, engaged eaters and curious experimenters”.

Bonus features:

Detailed sections that explain various techniques and kitchen tools.

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5. The Forest Feast for Kids: Colourful Vegetarian Recipes that are simple to make, by Erin GleesonThe Forest Feast for Kids

Best For:

Kids 10 years and above!

What to Expect:

Recipes for breakfast, snacks, beverages, parties and desserts.

Kinds of Recipes:

The book includes 20 kid-friendly, vegetarian recipes that are full of fresh flavours that will appeal not only to the children but to adults as well…and they are quick, easy and fun to make.

Ingredients Used:

Are mainly healthy and easy to find and use.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Butternut Quesadillas, Shortbread Cookies, Pesto Pepper Pizza, Watermelon Smoothies, Rainbow Chard Quiche.

What we liked:

The instructions are easy to follow and have been beautifully written in calligraphy elucidating techniques, measurements and other helpful kitchen aides.

Best part:

The glossary with all the culinary terms one must learn, along with a well illustrated guide on kitchen safety. Don’t miss the party and crafty table decor ideas.

Bonus features:

The book is beautifully designed with Gleeson’s own watercolour illustrations. It is a great ideas for kids parties along with table decoration crafting tips, kitchen safety guide and a culinary term glossary.

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6. The Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun kids Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Young Chefs, by Malle Carpenter

The Big Fun Kids Cookbook

Best For:

Young chefs!

What to Expect:

A variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts.

Kinds of Recipes:

Over 150 recipes that “gives young food lovers everything they need to know and succeed in the kitchen”. Each recipes tells you how long it will take along with the number of servings. Most recipes are easy to follow with mouth-watering pictures and colouring pages which you could almost eat.

Ingredients Used:

Simple and easy-to-find.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Pesto Pizza, English Muffin, Spaghetti Marinara, Waffles, Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Candy Bar Cake to name a few. An absolute delight is the ‘Fake Out Cakes’ and the special cakes designed in the form of Cheese Burgers, Candy Bars and Ice-Cream Popsicles.

What we liked:

Step-by-step guide with easy to understand instructions supported by bright and colourful images that helps enhance the entire cooking experience.

Best part:

The cover jacket of the book is an excellent cheat sheet that includes cooking tips and tricks as well as simple substitutions that will get you ready to cook in no time.

Bonus features:

You will find fun food quizzes after every section that includes identifying different cereals or close ups of foods. Additionally, there are simple colouring book pages that will really bring every delicious treat to life.

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7. The Complete baking book for young chefs: 100+ sweet and savoury recipes that you’ll love to bake, share and eat – by America’s Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete baking Book for Young Chefs

Best For:

Young beginners interested in baking!

What to Expect:

A variety of delicious baked goods that can be enjoyed, including breakfast, breads, pizzas, soft pretzels, cookies, cupcakes and more.

Kids of Recipes:

Includes over 100 recipes that are not only tested by America’s Test Kitchen, but also by 5000 plus kids to ensure that they are foolproof and approachable.

Ingredients Used:

Staples and simple ingredients that are easy to find.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie, Brazilian Cheese Bread, Tahini-Banana Snack Cake, Applesauce Muffins.

What we liked:

The cookbook is simply written, beautifully illustrated and divided into chapters. Step by step photos of tips and techniques are provided to guide the kids and make them feel like pros in their own kitchen. The introduction section shares some interesting and fun baking secrets, as well as ingredient basics, weighing and measuring tips and essential prep steps such as how to melt butter and crack eggs.

Best part:

Besides the recipes, do take out time to read through all the other tips and details provided that helps one understand quality baking.

Bonus features:

Each section and/or chapter has some fun and interesting kids quotes that help bring in some humour and lighten the mood.

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8. Super Good baking for kids, by Duff Goldman

Super Good - Cookbook for kids

Best for:

Kids of all ages!

What to expect:

Desserts like cakes, cookies, pies, puddings and much more.

Kind of Recipes:

This beautiful, 208 page hardcover is packed with delicious, clear recipes and tons of fun fact-filled sidebars on everything from the science of yeast to the history of baking. Super Good Baking for Kids shows kids how to make treats that will amaze parents, delight friends, and make the whole family go “mmmm”.

Ingredients Used:

Things that are easy to find in your pantry.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Super Good Baking for kids features dozens of the gooiest, chewiest, easier-to-follow recipes ever! This book teaches young bakers how to make everything from wicked good Boston Creme Donuts to delicious Monkey Breads and mind-blowing Stuffed-Crust Dessert Pizza. The cakes, cookies, pies, and puddings are all fun to bake, a thrill to decorate, and delicious every time.

What we liked:

The book is well written with simple, kid-friendly step-by-step instructions supported by beautiful photography.

Best part:

Fact-filled sidebars on everything from the best places to eat in New York to surprising facts about Unicorns and an overview of crucial cooking skills. This book will give any kid the kitchen confidence to make crazy delicious desserts that everyone will enjoy.

Bonus features:

Helpful kitchen safety tips.

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9. In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the whole family to make and enjoy, By Mardi Michels

In the French Kitchen with Kids

Best For:

Teens!

What to Expect:

Savoury dishes to some amazing desserts and French classics.

Kinds of Recipes:

Approachable and balanced recipes with a mix of sweet and savoury dishes. A book full of interesting recipes with something delicious for different culinary skill levels and every kind of taste buds.

Ingredients Used:

Things that are simple and easy to find in your pantry.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Steak Frites, Creme Brûlée, Croque-Monsieurs, Cheesy Pasta, Macarons, Madeleines, Profiteroles, French Omelettes and more.

What we liked:

The book contains easy to understand guidelines with a timetable to plan out all your baking projects along with some interesting tips to guide children through the recipe.

Best part:

The Introduction section includes a foreword by Dorie Greenspan, with a thorough French pantry explanation and essential equipment list.

Bonus features:

In the process of cooking and baking, kids will be introduced to some basic French language as well as a little about the French culture. Separate chapters are designed for special occasions and basic pastries.

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10. The super easy teen cookbook: 75 simple step-by-step recipes, by Christina Hitchcock

Super easy teen cookbook for kids

Best For:

Teens!

What to Expect:

Recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner as well as dessert – it has it all.

Kinds of Recipes:

The recipes are simple with no extensive prep work or boring flavours. the recipes can be easily followed with no help required from adults, thereby empowering teems to prepare all the meals by themselves.

Ingredients:

The recipes are made with products that are easy to find.

Kids Kitchen Favourites:

Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Shrimp Tacos, Matcha-Pineapple Smoothie, Spaghetti Carbonara.

What we liked:

The book gives step by step instructions along with helpful safety tips.

Best part:

The introduction section which includes safety tips, a common term glossary and conversions. Recipes are also thoughtfully organised by various allergens as well as by the following categories such as “fast” which means (20 minutes or less), “five ingredients or less”, ” no heat”, and “really fast” which means (under 10 minutes).

Bonus features:

You can find unique and creative ways to switch flavours or swap ingredients with substitutions to make it more fun and interesting.

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Get, Set, COOK!

So, now that you have an arsenal of easy, delicious cookbooks for kids, what’s left is for your kids to put on their chef’s hat and start experimenting and learning in the kitchen!

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