4 Kid-Friendly Cookbooks for Budding Chefs

Amanda McNally

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What better way to spring into the new season than teaching your little ones the importance of a healthy meal? Whether your kiddo is the next Top Chef or just looking to be a part of family meal prep time, there’s nothing like a family dinner prepared and shared by everyone. To jump start your next big food adventure, here are four of our favorite kid-friendly cookbooks. 


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Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together by Heather Wish Staller (Starting at $10, Rockridge Press, Ages 1–4)

If you’re just starting out, Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook is clever in its approach to safe kitchen practices, tips, and tricks. Parents can feel good about introducing healthy recipes to their kids with these silly and fun recipes, and kids will want to eat them in an instant.


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Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook by Anjali Shah (Starting at $11, Rockridge Press, Ages 4–8)

Children as young as four can help with this awesome and inspiring cookbook. Recipes for kids made by kids—this is a great way to introduce the art of cooking and meal prep with your little ones. With healthy options and a difficulty rating per recipe, it’s a fantastic activity for the whole family.


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The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth by Ruby Roth (Starting at $15, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Ages 6–12)

Most kids struggle with eating fruits and vegetables, but did you know they’re more likely to eat them within meals they make themselves? This colorful and informative cookbook breaks down the plant-based barriers and allows kids to not only read about the importance of healthy foods, but eat them, too! 


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The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson (Starting at $18, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 8–12)

This cookbook features easy-to-follow recipes written for kids and gorgeous photography to inspire the whole family to dig in. Plus, you’ll also get party ideas, pictorial instructions, technique tips, and so much more.