Cookbooks for Kids
My 5-year-old is in a cooking phase. She’s been checking out cookbooks from the library, requesting specific meals from those cookbooks to be put on our monthly meal plan, and then joining in when it’s time to cook. She’s been learning some great skills in the kitchen, the most recent being browning ground beef from start to finish all by herself!
I wanted to share a few of her favorite cookbooks because these are cookbooks that are either written for kids or have recipes that kids would have fun making.
1. Chop Chop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family
This cookbook is written directly to kids, and it teaches them along the way about healthy eating, making good food choices, why certain foods are good for you, and also how to take the recipes and make them your own with foods you have around or that you really like. The reading level of the cookbook is basic, but it’s one that I read with Aly because I think she’d skip a lot of it on her own. Plus, I think it’s fun to talk about this kind of stuff together!
My favorite aspect of this cookbook is the way it teaches kids about getting to know their own tastes and experimenting with different flavors (be creative!). The pictures are fantastic- so colorful, and the recipes and pictures are diverse. This cookbook is related to the food magazine for families, Chop Chop, which is endorsed by the Academy of American Pediatrics.
3. C is for Cooking (Sesame Street)
The various characters of Sesame Street share some of their favorite recipes. The ingredient lists are short, directions are simple, and the equipment lists are included, helping kids to get themselves fully prepared before cooking. Aly likes having this list so that she can get all of her tools and be focused on cooking instead of being interrupted by having to find another bowl or certain kind of baking dish.
We’ve made A LOT of the recipes in this book. Some of the kids’ favorites have been Quick Dip in the Mud, Ernie’s Breakfast Banana Split, Zoe’s Bowtie Salad with Tuna and Veggies (pic above), and Big Bird’s Sesame Green Beans.
4. Weelicious Lunches
This one is definitely written to adults in the kitchen, but the recipes are ones that kids would choose on their own. There is a whole section devoted to different ways to make peanut butter and jelly! The ingredients are simple, real, and healthy, so there’s not a whole lot to say “no” to! This is where we got the spinach cake muffins recipe from.