7 kid-friendly cookbooks to build confidence and culinary skills in the kitchen – Advice Eating

My young son has helped me in the kitchen since he was old enough to sit on the counter and mix a bowl of banana nut bread batter or sprinkle on spices to make roasted red potatoes. He now conveniently flips through cookbooks and points to what he wants to cook. I’m thrilled that he loves to cook – I’m waiting for the day when he can cook a meal on his own – and cookbooks have become a fun, creative and educational tool. They’re great for helping kids get comfortable in the kitchen by learning about different types of food, while also serving as a passive math lesson through measuring.

Delicious meals based on cookbook recipes are an ideal end result, but kids will also appreciate the fun sides of cooking, such as: right?), spending time with my parents in the kitchen and feeling fulfilled no matter what the dish turns out to be.

“My daughter had a lot of time and I wanted something creative [activity] we could do that together,” says Daniel Gercke, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and author of cook it! the dr Seuss cookbook for children cooks. He wrote the book with children in mind, structuring it with “simple tasks that children could do to help [boost] their confidence in the kitchen and pride in what they cook.”

The following seven cookbooks offer easy-to-follow recipes for a variety of palates, accompanied by delicious photos. There is one cookbook for chefs aged 4 and up and another for middle school children. The recipes cover the full range of dishes (one focuses on vegetarian and plant-based dishes). Aspiring mixologists and potion makers will rejoice The unofficial Disney Parks drink recipe book by Ashley Craft, which is filled with drinks from various Disney theme parks. The author and mom have handpicked recipes that lifelong Disney fans like herself can make. “If I can do it, your kids can do it,” she says. “These are iconic, recognizable recipes to make at home.”

Dive into the list below to find cookbooks for the kids in your life.

Dawn Casey, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, $16, bookshop.org

In Dawn Casey’s sweet rhyming book, Apple Pie: A gratitude, readers learn from a little girl who visits all of her neighbors and thanks them for nature’s bounty. With each visit, she receives a new ingredient for her pie – hazelnuts, apples, eggs, milk and more – eventually acquiring enough ingredients to make an apple pie. The recipe at the end requires using the oven and slicing an apple, so adult participation is required. However, there are also instructions specifically for children.

Daniel Gercke, Random House Books for Young Readers, $20, headhousebooks.com

cook it! the dr Seuss cookbook for children cooks starts with super easy recipes like kale chips, ooey-gooey grilled cheese, and a cat in the hat Parfait that can be prepared by children with minimal parental supervision. The book’s recipes, some of which are written in rhyme, are organized by skill level – from beginner to advanced – and include an introductory section on basic kitchen safety, meal prep, tidying up while cooking, and more. Kids love to make messes and “stick their fingers in sticky things, just like the Dr. Seuss,” says Gercke.

America’s Test Kitchen Kids, $12, americastestkitchen.com

Does cooking conjure up scientific thoughts? The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists: Good Science Makes Great Food from the team behind America’s Test Kitchen Kids helps young chefs and scientists experiment with more than 70 activities and recipes. A conversions and equivalents section helps with measuring, while other parts explain why slicing onions makes people cry, how bubbles are contained in fizzy drinks, and kitchen concepts like peeling, chopping, and simmering.

Jamaica Stevens, Rockridge Press, $15, unclebobbies.com

Prepare easy, advanced and hearty meatless meals with recipes from The Kids’ Vegetarian Cookbook: Easy, Skill-Building Recipes for Young Cooks by Jamaica Stevens. The book contains useful information about kitchen safety and tools; ingredients for the pantry, fridge and freezer; plus definitions of culinary terms like julienne and chiffonade (these are good spelling bee words too). Recipes can be cooked in under 30 minutes, ideal for hungry children and caregivers.

Ashley Craft, Adams Media, $14, barnesandnoble.com

Bring the magic of Disney home The unofficial Disney Parks drink recipe book by AshleyCraft. The book features more than 100 recipes sourced from drinks served at Disney theme parks, including milkshakes, slushes and more, with fun names like Mystic Portal Punch, from the lunchbox of Toy Stories woody. Newcomers to kids chefs and mixologists will find the Gray Stuff traditionally served at Beauty and the Beast-Be Our Guest themed restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park, easy to prepare as it only requires three ingredients: Oreos, instant pudding and whipped cream.

Food Network Magazine, $20, inkwoodnj.com

For kids who are fans of The Great British Bake Offlook no further than The Big, Fun Baking Book for Kids: Over 110 Recipes for Young Bakers from Food Network magazine. This book is full of treats like chocolate-frosted brownies and cupcakes with milk and cookies, as well as colorful puzzle-shaped sugar cookies. A section called Fake-Out Cakes taps into the vibrant internet trend of baking realistic-looking foods in cake form, like spaghetti and meatballs, grilled cheese and a taco. Most recipes start from scratch, but occasionally call for a loaf mix or pre-made frosting to keep prep time to a minimum (two hours of prep might be too much for little ones). Educational and fun facts are scattered throughout the book, such as how black and golden raisins are made from the same grape variety.

Charity Mathews, Rockridge Press, $15, target.com

Kids ages 4-8 can show off their culinary and artistic talents by mixing, tossing and stirring with the delicious fun in the kitchen Edible Crafts Cookbook for Kids: 25 Fun Craft and Eat Projects! by Charity Mathews. The recipes are accompanied by simple instructions, colorful pictures, and a messy meter, which will likely signal little ones more fun. Inspiring healthy eating with dishes like Captain America’s colorful fruit platter and monster-faced vegetable cups, the cookbook encourages creativity, incipient culinary skills, reading and teamwork.

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