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Cooking-with-Kids Books We Love

Cooking-with-Kids Books We Love

These three books are full of tips for parents who want to cook with their children

There are a number of reasons to introduce children to cooking at a young age.

There are so many reasons to cook with your kids: following a recipe and measuring ingredients teaches kids valuable math and science skills, getting to know ingredients and cooking techniques allows you to teach them about health and nutrition in a hands-on way, and making a meal together is a great way to spend more quality time together. Many experts agree that introducing your kids to cooking at an early age can help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

However, the thought of cooking with your children can be overwhelming at times. Will they make a huge mess in the kitchen? Which kitchen tasks are age-appropriate? How do I talk to my children about kitchen safety?

Fortunately, as interest in food and cooking grows, so does the number of truly amazing cooking-with-kids books available to parents. Whether you’re a cooking-with-kids pro looking for a bit of fresh inspiration or thinking about letting your children help out in the kitchen for the first time, there are a few books you should check out.

Ella’s Kitchen the Cookbook: 100 Yummy Recipes to Inspire Big and Little Cooks
If you’re looking for delicious recipes (ranging from snacks to quick and easy weeknight dinners) that will inspire enthusiasm for healthy eating, then this is the book for you. The recipes are easy to follow and easy for kids to help out with. Plus, the cookbook is chock-full of fun food-related activities; there are even spots for your child to color in the cookbook!

(Credit: Octopus Publishing)

National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A year-Round Fun Food Adventure
National Geographic explorer, chef, and cookbook author Barton Seaver says, “Mealtime should be about more than just nourishing your body. It should also be about broadening your horizons and creating memories for you and your family.” And we agree. This exciting cookbook, divided into 12 sections (one for each month), has more than just kid-friendly recipes; this book will help your child explore healthy eating, food politics, and kitchen science right from your own home.

(Credit: National Geographic Society)

My First Baking Book: 50 Recipes for Kids to Make and Eat!
No meal is complete without dessert and this baking book has plenty of sweet ideas. From edible “sand” castles to funny-face cupcakes, your children will love helping out with these recipes. The book even designates a special symbol (which you’ll find in the recipe text) to indicate which steps are appropriate for your child to do on his or her own.

(Credit: Octopus Publishing)

If you’re looking for more cooking-with-kids ideas, check out some of the ways your child can help with dinner, or these fun and healthy desserts you can make together.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)


Make a Kid’s Cookbook

Hey there! I’m Liz! A busy wife and mother who is always on call for my family. I love sharing recipes, crafts, DIY projects and free printables to help make a busy parent’s life easier on my blog Liz on Call. I’m super excited to be here to share a fun summer project, perfect to do with your kids who love helping in the kitchen.

My kids love helping in the kitchen. My daughter loves it so much that she tells me she wants to be a cook when she grows up. She has been taking some cooking classes and has loved them. She is always excited to share with us her creations. She has a folder with all the recipes she has made in her cooking class and it’s in the drawer with all of my recipes.

I thought it would be fun to help her create her own recipe book with recipes she knows how to make all on her own. Of course, supervision is always required with younger kids. As a parent, you will know at what age it’s appropriate to let your kids cook alone.

I worked with my daughter in creating this free printable kid’s cookbook. I let her write all the words for the cover and recipe cards and scanned them into my computer. Then I created the cute faces, inspired by my kids. Once I had them all printed, I needed to decide how to put the kid’s cookbook together.

I found these photo books at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect for the cookbook.

This kid’s cookbook has a cover, a belongs to page, 3 pre written recipes that my daughter has made and loves, and blank recipe cards to add your own kid friendly recipes. There is even a space at the bottom to check if the kids can make the recipe on their own, or with a parent’s help.

You can download the free printable kid’s cookbook by using the link below. These are for personal use only.

Kid’s Cookbook

I printed this out on card stock, cut them apart and then added them to the pages of my dollar store photo book.

My daughter was super excited when she saw the finished kid’s cookbook. I then had to make one for my son and my other daughter. They can’t wait to start adding recipes to their cookbooks and making yummy things in the kitchen with mom.

What kinds of recipes do your kids like making with you? Here are some other ideas of things to make with the kids.

About Becky

Mother to 3 girls, love to craft and create. I love to be silly and play with my family. I also love pedicures, GNOs, Disneyland, and chocolate. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here. :)