10 Kids’ Cookbooks to get them to eat every last vegetable!

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through Kids’ Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

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Are you looking to get your toddler, child, or teen started in the kitchen? Yes, we all believe that kids should grow up cooking. Cooking helps build kids’ self-confidence and makes them more self-sufficient.

Teaching children to enjoy preparing food and sharing meals with the family will encourage them to carry on the tradition. Whether they are tots or teens, children of any age can start to build their unique culinary skills and impress their family and friends!

Whether your kids are tiptoeing into the world of cooking or dreaming of becoming top chefs, it’s always a good idea to have children’s cookbooks on your bookshelf.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 Kids’ Cookbooks to keep your imagination running wild and your belly guessing!

1. Super Simple Baking for Kids

Why We Love It ❤️

Super Simple Baking for Kids is a super starter cookbook to learn from. There are lots of cooking tips for creating each recipe. It is also very colorful, which can help keep children engaged. Equipment-wise, you will just need a few round cake pans, measuring cups, spoons and bowls, pans and racks, a mixer and a mixing bowl, and a few spatulas, and you will be ready to roll (and eat).

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Super Simple Baking for Kids is an amazing kid’s cookbook for ages 6 to 12 that is packed with over 55 tasty recipes. And yes, it’s all about easy baking, which can be so much fun when little ones are engaged. With a plethora of kid-friendly recipes like muffins, bars, cakes, cookies, quick bread, and pies, there are plenty of treats you can choose from.

This cookbook will teach your young ones the principles of baking: how to knead the dough or separate eggs. They will learn about safety, kitchen tools, and skills to be responsible chefs. The recipes are easy and use 5 to 10 ingredients. From Pink Lemonade Layer Cake to Chocolate Zucchini Bread, this baking cookbook for kids will keep them busy, entertained, and engaged!

About the Author ✍️

Charity Curley Mathews is a former executive at HGTV.com and MarthaStewart.com, who is now a family food writer and speaker. She contributes to Food Network and is a founder of Foodlet.com, a website full of kid-tested recipes and ideas for teaching kids to love real food.

2. Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook

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Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook has 50 delicious and secretly healthy recipes kids ages 8 to 12 will love to make. Although you don’t want to get in the habit of forcing your kids to eat food they don’t like or making them clean their plates, there are plenty of healthy food kids like. Apples, breakfast cereals, eggs, milk, oatmeal, tuna, vegetables, and yogurt are much better and healthier than the common alternative food options children crave from time to time.

Healthy dinners have lots of options to choose from, from Mango-Tofu Salad to Epic Chicken with Carrot Fries. Desserts don’t need to be full of sugar, butter, and cream. A Strawberry Banana Freeze will be the perfect companion on a hot day and Warm Pears with Yogurt and Cinnamon will certainly keep you cozy and snug on a cold day. 

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Part One of this lovely cookbook talks about “Getting Started” and includes “Super Foods” and “Cooking Skills that Save the Day” chapters. Part Two talks about “Super Recipes,” which are divided into Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert. It also has nutritional stats and measurement conversions. What can be better than Amazing Avocado Toast, Radical Raspberry Chia Pudding, or pizza for breakfast? Do you feel like a snack? On-the-Go Trail mix or Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas will not leave you hungry and Magic Tuna Melts and Creamy Tomato Soup will be perfect for lunch.

Healthy food doesn’t need to be boring. It can be colorful, full of vitamins, and nutritious. An amazing cookbook for children, all recipes are easy to understand and tasty! Your young cooks will learn about measurements, knife skills, and using the stove and the oven. The pages also include jokes, flavor-boosting suggestions, and guides. Who knows, maybe your kid will be a talented chef and pursue this exciting career. Let them have fun and produce the most delicious food ever!

About the Author ✍️

Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition. Her mission is to help families bring healthy choices to the daily chaos of life.

3. Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

There is no denying that when it comes to mealtime – especially when it comes to healthy food – toddlers can be a tough crowd. It’s no wonder that many parents resort to hiding veggies and fruits in smoothies and muffins. Better strategies include incorporating nutritious items into familiar packages, offering choices whenever possible, and making food fun!  Get your kids comfortable in the kitchen with simple recipes that they can help with.

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Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook will teach you to prepare lots of creative dishes without making tons of work for you. This colorful and fun cookbook with adorable, whimsical pictures and designs on the pages will help your little ones discover new foods as they work together with you to whip up Banana Split Parfaits, English Muffin Breakfast Pizza, Rainbow Smoothies, Broccoli Nuggets, Creamy Mac and Peas and more. There are plenty of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. Each recipe features a difficulty ranking and detailed instructions that tell you which steps are toddler-safe. There’s even space on the pages to record your experiences. It will be a wonderful keepsake!

This is one of the best cookbooks for kids and their parents who want to give their adventurous little ones, ages 1 to 4, an opportunity to learn the basics. You will teach your toddler how to cook and introduce new flavors by trying out new foods like Chicken BLT Kebabs, Falafel Burgers, or Chunky Monkey Bars. Most importantly, you will have loads of fun, bond, and cook together!

About the Author ✍️

Heather Wish Staller is a cooking instructor, recipe developer, and veggie enthusiast. She teaches cooking to kids of all ages and develops and photographs fun and healthy recipes to share on her blog and social media channels.

4.  The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Why We Love It ❤️

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs is not only about recipes. It covers all aspects of cooking: preparing ingredients, gathering cooking equipment, secrets to success in the kitchen, and practicing kitchen safety. It teaches kids how to peel, chop, zest, mince, grate, shred, stir, whisk, scrape,s and many more techniques. Detailed information teaches them about the use of seasonings and measurements and that it’s important to taste your food before serving. Appliances and cookware are also covered in this book.

America’s Test Kitchen has created the cookbook every young cook needs in the kitchen. This is a rare find that will inspire and empower both children and their families to cook together!

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For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing its scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to kids in the kitchen. All recipes have been tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels – including more than 100 recipes for breakfast, snacks, beverages, dinners, desserts, and more. Step-by-step photos of techniques will help young cooks feel like professionals in their own kitchens.

From how to crack and separate eggs, how to melt butter, how to chop onions or shallots, how to grate and shred cheese, how to zest and juice citrus fruits, to the art of garnishing and presenting – this kid-friendly cookbook has it all! Some recipes include Beef and Bean chili, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Sauce, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Breakfast Tacos with Bacon, Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, Nachos, and Guacamole – the list is endless.

About the Author ✍️

America’s Test Kitchen is a digital broadcast company that publishes award-winning cookbooks along with Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines. They have a unique creative process with over 50 professional cooks and a 15k square foot kitchen in Boston, MA.

5. Keto Kids Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This healthy and exciting book will teach you about sugar alternatives, swapping wheat flour for almond or coconut flour, using almond butter, and adding many more healthy substitutes, making it one of the best cookbooks for kids.

So, if you are ready to transform your family’s way of eating, then this cookbook is definitely for you. Enjoy creating these finger-licking recipes for your kids; dress them up as chefs, put on their favorite music, and start cooking!

Review 📖

Each recipe in this book was designed to appeal to kids and adults alike to enjoy the taste and benefits of a keto diet. Going keto doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite creamy Chicken Alfredo, “Mac” and Cheese, Classic Beef Sliders, Turkey Club Sandwiches, or Perfect Pepperoni Pizza. Cutting down on carbs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite desserts: indulge in Double Chocolate Brownies and Vanilla Ice Cream. This cookbook will have the whole family excited about going keto!

What is a ketogenic or keto diet? It is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that has been shown to deliver several health benefits. Going keto can help you boost your overall health and improve your mental focus. To put it simply: the keto diet is focused on eating minimal carbs, moderate protein, and high fats. It focuses on rich proteins like salmon, beef, or chicken and healthy fats like cheese, avocado, and almonds.

There are many reasons for going keto: from maintaining a healthy weight to just maintaining a healthy lifestyle good for men, women, and kids. The most important thing in transitioning to a keto diet is starting slow, combating cravings, cooking together, drinking lots of water, and being patient.

About the Author✍️

Sam Dillard is a lover of the kitchen and everything low-carb. On her site, you will find keto tips, tricks, and resources, as well as easy Keto recipes to satisfy your cravings and keep you on track!

6. Adventures in Veggieland

Why We Love It ❤️

Chapters cover seasons and vegetables that are in season. Each sweet and savory recipe is designed to be quick yet interactive so you and your kids have a super time learning to cook. 

This delightful book will help parents and children approach vegetables in a spirit of exploration and fun. This is a wonderful resource for parents, caregivers, and other professionals. Simply follow three E-s (Expose, Explore and Expand), and your cooking with vegetables will be a success!

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Adventures in Veggieland will help your children fall in love with vegetables in no time. Teaching kids and toddlers to love vegetables can be a challenging task for adults. Think outside the box and have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast. Your kids don’t have to have preconceived “rules” around food. Try different preparations of the same vegetables and play with the presentation. Serve dinner on a stick, make a smiley face of blueberries on a waffle, or write their names on their plate with peas!

This kid’s cookbook has 100 easy kid-tested activities and delicious recipes. It teaches parents to expose picky eaters to new vegetables with sensory, hands-on, educational activities. Play Cabbage Bingo, make Asparagus “Log Cabins”, make Grilled Cabbage Brains, and create Beet Tattoos. Expand your family’s usual dining options by including sweet treats like Butternut Squash Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate and Asparagus Fondue! Your kids will definitely enjoy working and playing in the kitchen while creating delightful veggie dishes.

About the Author✍️

Melanie Potock loves children, family, and food. She is the author of 5 books, an international expert on feeding kids, and a speech-language pathologist who helps families find joy in healthy cooking.

7. Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook will keep your family together by cooking. The ideas are extremely creative, marking all the occasions that parents go through with their children. This is one of the best kids’ cookbooks currently available, a compendium of super easy, briefly described, and family-friendly recipes – beautiful to look at and delicious to eat!

From Corn Muffin Chili Bowls, Tortilla Fortune Cookies, Confetti Mug Cakes, and Sweater Cookies that look like mini adorable sweaters to Apple-Bacon Toasts, this cookbook is a celebration of tastes, colors, and flavors for everyone.

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Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook has 365 fun and easy treats for children – enough to cover the whole year of daily cooking. Check out this special and irresistible cookbook from the editors of Food Network Magazine. There are recipes for all occasions, and they will never cease to surprise. All the big holidays, historical events, and theme-accompanying related treats are presented here: Halloween, Christmas, and the 4th of July. So what’s inside the book? Apart from sweet and savory recipes and accompanying photographs, there are chapters on cupcake decorating, creative snacks, seasonal surprises, holiday gifts and cookies, and easy food crafts. The recipes are uncomplicated, the photographs are enticing, and the flavors are appealing.

What is very special about this cookbook is that it’s packed with trivia and various curious facts, which makes it very educational. Cooking something new? Learn something extra!

About the Author ✍️

Food Network Magazine is the #1 selling magazine in the United States and has a readership of 13.55 million readers every month. Maile Carpenter is the founding editor-in-chief of Food Network Magazine and is an expert in kids cooking.

8. Healthy Bento Lunch Packing Made Easy

Why We Love It ❤️

What is a Bento? A bento is the Japanese iteration of a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal, often for lunch. The word itself derives from the Chinese term biandang, which means “convenient”. While traditional bento boxes typically have rice, noodles, meat, and vegetables, you can find them in a wide variety made with almost any type of ingredient. Various dividers are used to separate ingredients or dishes, especially those with strong flavors, to avoid them affecting the outcome of the meal. So, if you are not sure what to pack for lunch for your child, try these healthy, easy-to-make, and ready-to-eat bento box ideas!

The ideas in this cookbook for kids are simple and straightforward, as well as super easy to put together. It is a handy resource guide for busy parents, which will inspire them to pack lunches that are both nutritious and appetizing.

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Pack your bento box with leftover chicken, peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt, apple and kiwi slices, raisins, a few slices of dark chocolate, slices of roast beef, cherry tomatoes, or dried cranberries – there are many healthy options to choose from. The best bento box ideas are colorful and pretty food, so you might consider adding some edible decorations as well. Spiral a piece of zucchini or make a carrot flower to finish off your Bento box.

Healthy Bento Lunch Packing Made Easy focuses on healthy eating for kids from Preschool to Age 10. Children up to the age of 10 are particularly fussy about their lunch boxes, their contents, and the presentation. This cookbook has over 45 photos of bento lunch boxes, ideas, and packing tips. You will discover Sample Menu Items, Sample Lunchbox Menus, Food Safety Tips, Featured Snack Recipes, Tips for Packing a Balanced Lunch, Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters, Picky Eater’s Lunches, Vegetarian Lunches, and DIY Sandwiches.  

About the Author ✍️

Sherrie Le Masurier is a lifestyle writer who helps parents better organize their home and family life. Sherrie has published several books (in digital and trade paperback) and has founded a variety of family-friendly blogs and websites.

9. The Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids

Why We Love It ❤️

We hear so much about gluten, but what is it exactly? Gluten is a structural protein naturally found in certain cereal grains (wheat, barley, and rye). It is found in pasta, cakes, cookies, and also in the majority of processed foods. Gluten is only bad for certain people. These people are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive, which means their bodies produce an abnormal immune response when breaking down gluten during digestion. If your child is gluten-sensitive, eliminating gluten from his/her diet will result in clearer skin, more energy, less bloating, and lowered inflammation.

The Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids will help parents solve many of their mealtime dilemmas and help their child to learn what they can and can’t eat. This is a well-researched piece of literature and an essential guide for any gluten-free family.

Review 📖

The Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids shows us that kids can enjoy versatile gluten-free alternatives that are healthy and will appeal to the family. This cookbook has more than 100 tried and tested recipes for mouth-watering gluten-free meals like pancakes, grilled or baked fish, crispy chicken nuggets, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, jellies, and other forbidden food your child will now be able to enjoy.

All recipes are easy to prepare and use readily available ingredients. These recipes will inspire you to prepare gluten-free food, from breakfast to party food. The author has included practical strategies, a list of cupboard essentials, answers to frequently asked questions, and some creative advice on how to manage situations like eating out, school holidays, and birthday parties.

About the Author ✍️

Adriana Rabinovich was trained at a well-known Leith School of Food and Wine in the UK. Adriana used her catering and cooking knowledge to create recipes that not only worked for her child when he was diagnosed with Celiac disease but for all the kids that are gluten sensitive.

10. Delish Kids Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This best-ever kids’ cookbook is filled with easy-to-follow recipes for kids. Each step-by-step recipe has been rated on a scale of difficulty: Beginner, Pro-in-training, and Pro. Chapters include your favorite recipes for breakfast (Apple Pancake Dippers, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Split Oatmeal, Fruity Pebble Fruit Toast), lunches, and dinner (Chili Cheese Dog Casserole, Big Mac Quesadillas, Best-Ever Fettucine Alfredo), and snacks. There are ideas for holidays (Santa Hat Pancakes for Christmas!) and themed ideas (Princess Cupcakes and even Captain America’s Shield Cookie). And we can’t forget the dessert! Each recipe shows the equipment young chefs will need and a few rules for the kitchen, as well as fun facts about the cultural history of certain foods.

Review 📖

Delish Kids Cookbook is a superb collection of more than 100 amazing recipes for kids that cover a range of skills that can serve as the building blocks for getting your kid comfortable in the kitchen. They can learn how to pour, measure, and stir to more complicated skills like working with a stove or oven.

Parents and kids will have so much fun trying our new recipes. If you are engaging your interested young chefs in the cooking/helping process, you can start with very simple skills, then increase in difficulty as you progress. Each kid works at their own pace, and you know your kid best – so just use your best judgment for when you believe your kid is ready to take on each recipe.

Helping your kids develop cooking skills is a great way to boost their confidence and, over time, empower them to be self-sufficient in the kitchen and beyond.

Delish Kids Cookbook is the ultimate cookbook brought to you by one of the best food magazines in the United States. This accessible and visually stunning cookbook will delight and inspire home cooks of all ages and get families to succeed in the kitchen together.

About the Author ✍️

This stunning cookbook has been published by Delish, a small but mighty crew responsible for every single recipe on their delicious website, plus all the ones in their cookbooks and special edition magazines. Joanna Saltz is the Editorial Director of Delish and House Beautiful, where she oversees all food and home content for both brands.

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chef-zara/

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