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Best Cookbooks for Kids

September 1, 2020

They say the best way for kids to learn is through hands-on experience. This is especially true with cooking. If you want to motivate your child to join you in the kitchen, try inspiring them through a cookbook. This will not only be a fun activity but also a way to teach them the importance of nutrition and the invaluable skills of patience, measuring, following directions, and getting creative. Not sure which cookbook to get? Don’t worry, we have listed a few of our favorites below!

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs 

“This cookbook contains over 100 kid-tested recipes and 20 desserts from America’s Test Kitchen and is contemporary eye-candy for middle grade readers and teens. Each recipe includes short testimonials from some of the 750-plus kids who were part of the test group, making the book fun and interactive. The cookbook also features informational sections for new chefs, such as “Getting Started in the Kitchen” and “Conversions and Equivalents.” Taking a stance on nutrition, the work provides a section on “Healthy Eating 101” in the back matter, which includes information dedicated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate system of five food groups. The design of the book is busy and blocky, reminiscent of Pinterest or Instagram, with informational asides and related tidbits with snappy headings.” – School Library Journal 

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The Disney Princess Cookbook

“From Rapunzel’s Frying Pan Eggs to Ariel’s Sea Turtle Cupcakes, this beautiful cookbook is filled with delicious recipes inspired by the Princesses’ many adventures. With simple step-by-step instructions, mouth-watering photos of each dish, and helpful tips from the Princesses themselves, this cookbook makes it easy to whip up some kitchen magic.” – Amazon

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The International Cookbook for Kids

“On your mark . . . get set . . . COOK! The International Cookbook for Kids is packed with features that make cooking a snap including, 60 classic recipes from Italy, France, China, and Mexico; more than 100 full-color photographs and illustrations; easy-to-follow recipe form; chef tips discussing ingredients, nutrition, and technique; safety section discussing basic kitchen precautions; and a special taco-party section.” – Amazon 

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Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls

“A whole generation of Baby Boomers grew up with Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls, and they have helped to make it the one of the most requested titles in the Betty Crocker archives. Now back by popular demand, this timeless favorite stands ready to capture the hearts of a new generation of budding cooks. Packed with recipes that are just as popular with kids today as they were 45 years ago, it shows how to make everything from Ice Cream Cone Cakes and Pigs in Blankets to Cheese Dreams and Sloppy Joes.” -Amazon

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Not only can you get the kiddos into a new hobby, you can also designate Chefs for Kids with your Amazon Smile cookbook purchase. It’s the perfect holiday gift for your young chef. Shop at and Amazon donates to Chefs for Kids, Inc.

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