20 Kid-Friendly Cookbooks That'll Help Mom Out

Barbara Estrada | Mar 31, 2020 Food & Party
20 Kid-Friendly Cookbooks That'll Help Mom Out


@crystalmariesing via Twenty20

Cooking can start at any age, but the passion for cooking typically starts young. On that journey, there are books that stick with us for life and such cookbooks are the ones that strike inspiration while providing us with reliable recipes we can count on for weeknights as well as special occasions.

Although some of these cookbooks aren't just solely for kids, they are kid-friendly to use so mom isn't acting as a short-order cook. In this list, we've gathered 20 kid-friendly cookbooks that are for any young chef looking to use the kitchen and make dinners easier for mom. The books that we turn to time and time again are the ones that make us feel like family and provide us with recipes that are easy to follow and produce great results. 

Psst: If purchasing an item from this post, CafeMom may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.

  • 'How to Cook for Beginners' by Gwyn Novak

    1
    How to Cook for Beginners: An Easy Cookbook for Learning the Basics by Gwyn Novak
    Amazon

    This book guarantees young chefs will never say, “I can’t cook” ever again. Begin with guides to must-have equipment, a well-stocked pantry, and kitchen safety tips. Master fundamental techniques with recipes designed to teach how to dice, pan cook, broil, and more.

    The author of this book, Gwyn Nivak is a professional chef and cooking instructor who teaches beginners quick breakfasts, mouthwatering mains, and delicious desserts -- plus snacks, sides, and veggies.

    How to Cook for Beginners: An Easy Cookbook for Learning the Basics by Gwyn Novak ($7, Amazon)

  • 'Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook' by Melina Hammer

    2
    Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook by Melina Hammer
    Amazon

    Every parent knows that when it comes to cooking -- practice truly does make perfect. Unlike other kids cookbooks that dumb down recipes, this book gets kids cooking nutritious meals that engage their skills and instill confidence in the kitchen.

    With over 75 healthy recipes to try that include homemade granola, mini quiches, and minty lamb burgers 101, the author of the book, Melina Hammer, believes the experience in the kitchen "is invaluable to get kids excited about food and empower them to make creations of their own."

    Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook by Melina Hammer ($12.60, Amazon)

  • 'The International Cookbook for Kids' by Matthew Locricchio

    3
    The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio
    Amazon

    The International Cookbook for Kids is packed with features that make cooking a snap for children. With 60 classic recipes from countries including France, China, and Mexico, the book has over 100 full-color photographs and illustrations that make the recipes easy to follow. 

    This cookbook is kid-tested and the recipes range from appetizers to desserts. What sets chef and author Matthew Locricchio apart from other talented professionals in his field is his knack for imparting this culinary wisdom to young cooks.

    The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio ($4, Amazon)

  • 'The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids' by Ruby Roth

    4
    The Help Yourself Cookbook: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the E
    Amazon

    Struggling to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables? Try letting them do it themselves by involving them in the process. This cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love.

    The book is bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts!

    The Help Yourself Cookbook: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth by Ruby Roth ($13.50, Amazon)

  • 'The Everything Kids' Cookbook' by Sandra K. Nissenberg

    5
    The Everything Kids' Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg
    Amazon

    The second edition of this cookbook has literally everything needed to get started in the kitchen. Each recipe says how difficult it is, outlines exactly what ingredients and equipment to use before getting in the kitchen.

    The book has more than 90 recipes for every meal and occasion, including mini bite-sized blueberry pancakes, chicken salad puffs, Parmesan potato fries, and peanut butter-chocolate squares, to name a few. Author Sandra K. Nissenberg is a registered dietician with a strong background in healthy eating for families and children.

    The Everything Kids' Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg ($10, Amazon)

  • 'The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs' by America’s Test Kitchen Kids

    6
    The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen Kids
    Amazon

    Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise the family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created the cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf.

    Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels. From breakfast to dessert after dinner, this cookbook empowers young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen.

    The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen Kids ($11, Amazon)

  • 'Let's Party! Kids Cookbook' by Ashley Moulton

    7
    Amazon

    Learning how to cook is worth a party! This kids' cookbook is filled with 12 playful party themes including games and activities to have fun with guests while serving a variety of sweet and savory dishes that use healthy ingredients, including Berrylicious Oven Pancakes, Superhero Shield Tortillas, and Teriyaki Pineapple Kebabs.

    Let's Party! Kids Cookbook: Tasty Recipes Kids Will Love To Make, Eat, and Share by Ashley Moulto($12.50, Amazon)

  • 'The Forest Feast for Kids' by Erin Gleeson

    8
    The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson
    Amazon

    The first children's cookbook from popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that make each meal full of fresh and lively flavors that will appeal to kids.

    In addition to its recipes, which span meals, party food, snacks, and beverages, this cookbook includes ideas for crafty table decorations, party ideas, an illustrated guide on kitchen safety, and a glossary of culinary terms.

    The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson ($17, Amazon)

  • 'Cooking Class' by Deanna F. Cook

    9
    Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) by Deanna F. Cook
    Amazon

    The kids are taking over the kitchen! Kids cookbook author, Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12 in a kid-friendly language. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings confidence to the chefs of the future. 

    Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) by Deanna F. Cook ($14, Amazon)

  • 'Busy Momsby Kimberly Storm Ritter

    10
    Busy Moms Cookbook by Kimberly Storm Ritter
    Amazon

    Busy Moms: A Farm to Table Fabulous Cookbook is filled with go-to meals for the busy family. Each chapter contains a "Farm to Table Fabulous" tip for making dinner extra special any night of the week, from lighting a few candles to dressing like a favorite superhero.

    Many meals can be prepped ahead of time or frozen for future use, then quickly reheated for serving. Author Kimberly Storm Ritter's son, Kaden, loves helping in the kitchen and inspired her to create this book.

    Busy Moms: A Farm to Table Fabulous Cookbook by Kimberly Storm Ritter ($15.25, Amazon)

  • 'MasterChef Junior Cookbook' by MasterChef Junior

    11
    cookbook
    Amazon

    Creativity, dedication, and hard work are key ingredients to the perfect recipe to be a chef. Beloved television competition show MasterChef Junior fosters all of this within each of its tiny home cooks, and this book aims to give any aspiring young chef the tools he or she needs to hone essential cooking skills.

    This book includes 100 recipes inspired by dishes that the contestants served in the first five seasons, as well as timeless techniques, tips, and advice.

    MasterChef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks by MasterChef Junior ($13.20, Amazon)

  • 'Tasty Every Day: All of the Flavor, None of the Fuss' by Tasty

    12
    Tasty Every Day: All of the Flavor, None of the Fuss by Tasty
    Amazon

    BuzzFeed’s Tasty has something for everyone with 75 time-saving, taste-tested recipes that make cooking easy and fun. Whether short on time, ingredients, clean pans, motivation, or all of the above, there is food here for everyone. Mealtime can and should be tasty every single day.

    Tasty Every Day: All of the Flavor, None of the Fuss by Tasty ($13.55, Amazon)

  • 'The Instant Pot Bible' by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

    13
    The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough
    Amazon

    This complete and authorized guide to the Instant Pot has more than 350 recipes for all meals. From breakfast to lunch to even snacks and desserts for every size and model of Instant Pot, this cookbook is the most comprehensive Instant Pot book ever published,

    More than 175 recipes come together in just a few minutes or just a few steps. Not to mention vegan and vegetarian, keto-friendly, and gluten-free options.

    The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough ($15.70, Amazon)

  • 'The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook' By Tiffany Dahle

    14
    The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook: Fun One-Pot Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love! by Tiffany Dahle
    Amazon

    Kids will be saying, "I am a chef" after reading this book. Any child can take center stage chopping ingredients like a pro, stirring the pot, and serving the final dish to family or friends with confidence with this cookbook. The recipes are perfect for kids because they use simple ingredients, don’t take a lot of work, and cook all in one pot or pan.

    Some of the tasty-sounding recipes include Cinnamon Sugar & Pecan Monkey Bread, Orange–Blueberry Pancakes and Tex-Mex Sweet Potato and Sausage Skillet.

    The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook: Fun One-Pot Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love! by Tiffany Dahle ($16, Amazon)

  • 'The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook' by Robin Donovan

    15
    The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook by Robin Donovan
    Amazon

    Calling everyone with a sweet tooth! It’s hard to resist tarts, cookies, cakes, fudge, and more -- especially with recipes that make it easy as pie to whip up. The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook includes a guide to must-have ingredients and equipment with 90 easy, step-by-step instructions for simple baking.

    The book also includes some no-bake recipes. Make every occasion sweet and simple with homemade treats that will keep any young chef coming back to the kitchen.

    The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook by Robin Donovan ($12, Amazon)

  • 'Super Simple Baking for Kids' by Charity Mathews

    16
    Super Simple Baking for Kids by Charity Mathews
    Amazon

    Easy as 1, 2, 3! Recipes in this baking cookbook for kids use five to 10 ingredients, no fancy equipment, and are labeled in degree of easiness. Cookies, muffins, and cakes are sure to leave grown-ups asking for more.

    Beginning with the basics, kids ages 6 to 8 can learn key baking skills, like how to separate eggs or knead dough. When these techniques are mastered, they can make over 55 super yummy recipes.

    Super Simple Baking for Kids by Charity Mathews ($12.50, Amazon)

  • 'Happiness is Baking' by Maida Heatter

    17
    Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter
    Amazon

    We had to include this classic. Maida Heatter is one of the most iconic and fondly remembered cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, are must-haves in every home baker's bag of tricks.

    Although this fully illustrated new edition book is more for an intermediate/advanced baker, we recommend it for family and the little baker at home who loves baking -- or who knows that happiness that comes from a delicious dessert.

    Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter ($19, Amazon)

  • 'The Baking Cookbook for Teens' by Robin Donovan

    18
    The Baking Cookbook for Teens: 75 Delicious Recipes for Sweet and Savory Treats by Robin Donovan
    Amazon

    The ultimate guide to learn essential baking skills and put them to use right away creating the tasty treats any kid would love. Don't be fooled by this book! Cookbook author Robin Donovan offers over 75 easy-to-follow recipes for a variety of delectable baked goods -- from cookies, brownies, and bars, to tarts, breads, and even pizza.

    Baking is a tradition worth passing on, so pass it on.

    The Baking Cookbook for Teens: 75 Delicious Recipes for Sweet and Savory Treats by Robin Donovan ($13, Amazon)

  • 'Easy Baking From Scratch' by Eileen Gray

    19
    Easy Baking From Scratch by Eileen Gray
    Amazon

    There's no need to be a top pastry chef to make baked goods from scratch. Easy Baking From Scratch offers the easiest recipes, time-saving tips, and quick tutorials so that anyone at any age can bake homemade treats.

    The author of this cookbook, Eileen Gray is a pastry chef, blogger, and food writer who has gained wide experience in the pastry industry.

    Easy Baking From Scratch by Eileen Gray ($12, Amazon)

  • 'The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook' by Dinah Bucholz

    20
    The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
    Amazon

    Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione. This unofficial Harry Potter cookbook includes more than 150 easy-to-make recipes along with tips and techniques. Any Harry Potter fan who indulges in these spellbinding meals will catch themselves in deja vu because they are inspired straight from the pages of Potter's world.

    The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz ($11, Amazon)

More Slideshows