The 6 Best Cookbooks for Your Mini Chefs


We’re excited to bring you another great article from POPSUGAR Moms, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their article on the six best books for your mini chefs!

The 6 Best Cookbooks for your Mini Chefs


Navigating a new recipe can be challenging even for skilled (and semi-skilled) adults. The best way to introduce your kitchen-curious tots to the culinary arts is with recipes that are targeted especially at little beginners. We’ve rounded up six of the very best cookbooks for budding chefs. Grab an apron, a mixing bowl, and dig in!


Fans of Rachael Ray’s no-fuss approach to cooking can teach kids to mimic her style with Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids ($12, originally $17).


With recipes like Grover’s Little & Adorable Chicken Nuggets and Rosita’s Tortilla Soup from celebrity chefs (think Mark Bittman and Emeril Lagasse), “C” is for Cooking: Recipes From Sesame Street ($15, originally $17) features 16 pages of easy-to-follow recipes and activities.

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Full of recipes inspired by the best-loved children’s fairy tales and fables, Fairy Tale Feasts ($15, originally $20) combines two great kid-friendly activities — reading and cooking.


A beautiful book by the acclaimed chef and restaurateur Alice WatersFanny at Chez Panisse ($14, originally $20) tells the tale of 7-year-old Fanny and her adventures at the Waters’s real restaurant, Chez Panisse. Recipes like banana milkshakes, cherry tomato pasta, and black beans with sour cream are included alongside the foodie-friendly story.


A cookbook designed especially for kids ages 6 and under is a rare find. Mollie Katzen’s Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up ($12, originally $18) features 20 vegetarian recipes that the littlest of kids can prepare on their own (with a little help from their parents).


Whether you’re actually Italian or just a lover of spaghetti and meatballs, The Silver Spoon For Children: Favorite Italian Recipes ($14, originally $20) features more than 40 quick and easy, kid-friendly meals for the whole family.

How do you get your little ones in the kitchen with you?

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  • Ashley Taylor

    GREAT post! My children love to cook with me, so I am definitely picking some of these up right now! Thank you Amazon Prime! 😉

  • Lucyjayne

    May I suggest Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook. My little’s learned to cook with me long before they could read because the ingredients are in picture form, so they can grab them from the pantry and fridge without knowing the words. They are now 7, 7 and 9 and still love to use this cookbook to cook with me.

  • susan murphy

    What great books! Salad people ….i almost forgot…tnx for the memories. xx

  • MamaPaws

    It’s never to early to get the kids in the kitchen and whipping up something creative. Makes for great memories! These books look really neat.

  • Nicole

    We have the “C is for Cooking” and have a few favorite recipes that come from it. My kids have been helping in the kitchen since they were littles. I know they were both younger than 2… thanks for such a great blog, Tori. If you ever make it to Wisconsin, you can stay with us!

  • desi

    Love the Sesame Street book!

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