With school back in session it can be hard to find meals that are both easy to make and healthy for the whole family. We’ve made a list of books full of nutritious and fun dishes for kids to create, so bring your kid into the kitchen with this selection of cookbooks for children ages 1-9!
Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book
By: The book also includes guides on how to keep safe in the kitchen, how to create a menu and how to stay healthy while still making delicious feasts.
Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids: Fun Eats from Breakfast to Treats
Gluten-free meals are becoming more popular in supermarkets, but now you can prepare your own gluten-free dishes at home. Enjoy waffles, crackers, cookies and more again with these 85 recipes for kids with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Kids Around the World Cook! The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands
By: Arlette N. Braman
Age Level: 9+
Experience the cultural cuisine of far away countries. Prepare your own meals from Jamaica, India, Egypt and more, like bratwurst, the German sausage, or potjiekos, an outdoor stew from South Africa. Pair it with decorations to make a fun vacation at home and turn your kids into little explorers.
Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual
Age Level: 5-9
Sometimes cooking gets a little messy, but this book’s glossy pages are meant to be easy to wipe down in case of spills. It also comes with a set of measuring spoons so your child can get their hands dirty as they join the action and prepare one of the 46 recipes in the book. Pictures, conversion tables and tips help younger kids follow along while you enjoy personal pizzas, popcorn, applesauce and more.
Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook
By: Nicola Graimes
Age Level: 7-9
Ditch the pre-prepared mixes and explore what it means to cook a truly healthy meal with this cookbook. The dishes are easy to prepare, but they also go beyond simple snacks and sandwiches to create food the whole family can enjoy. Roasted vegetable pasta, bean burritos and more await you in this collection of 54 recipes.
PBS KIDS Do It Myself Cookbook
Age Level: 4-9
This cookbook, perfect for pre- and early readers, comes packaged with colorful measuring spoons to help your child learn how to count and measure. The 45 recipes are presented without the need for hot or sharp tools to help keep kids safe as they learn how to become chefs. Meals like “Ham and Raisins on Whole Wheat Hearts” and “Strawberry Tall Cake” are easy, nutritious and delicious.
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
Age Level: 3-7
Colorful illustrations that accompany the 20 recipes make it easy for younger children to follow along while you work together to make “Polka Dot Rice” and other fun dishes. But this book also knows it’s not just about what you make, but how you make it. It lists the skills kids can learn from each recipe as they help prepare them.
For a vegetarian cookbook from the same authors, try Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up.
Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef
Age Level: 2-9
When eleven-year-old Jack Witherspoon battled leukemia, his passion for becoming a chef kept him strong and active to make it through difficult times. Now he’s collected 60 recipes to help kids develop their own love for cooking. Make your own pot roast, pesto pizza and more with these dishes that’ll keep your child’s passion burning long after they’ve left the kitchen.
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