We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Learning to cook is one of the most important skills you can give your offspring. Most health experts agree that kids who participate in meal prep at an early age often eat healthier, cook more meals at home later in life, and are more willing to try new foods. These cookbooks turn gastronomy into an engaging activity that will benefit them for their entire life. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

10. Teens Cook

If you are trying to make your teen more independent, Teens Cook can help. It teaches them how to make some of their favorite foods as well as how to adapt them to fit specific dietary needs, like veganism or vegetarianism.


  • Explains kitchen chemistry
  • Writing style teens can relate to
  • Many of the recipes are high in fat












Publisher Ten Speed Press
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. American Girl Baking

If your daughter is interested in making pastries and other desserts, American Girl Baking will get her creative juices flowing and expand her skills. It teaches how to make foods as basic as cookies and as complex as truffles and madeleines.


  • Ideal for beginners
  • Promotes cooking from scratch
  • Doesn’t have many healthy desserts












Publisher Weldon Owen
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids

If your children are serious about learning to cook, Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids won’t baby them. It teaches real skills, like how to properly sharpen and handle knives, cleanliness, food storage, and how to use the stove.This makes it better suited to older kids, though.


  • Gives pantry stocking tips
  • Focuses on proper techniques
  • Can be too advanced for some












Publisher Sonoma Pub
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. The International Cookbook for Kids

The International Cookbook for Kids has age old recipes from France, Italy, China, and Mexico with more than 100 photos and illustrations to make it easy to follow along. If you are trying to encourage your child to try more ethnic foods, this is one of your best choices.


  • Includes appetizers to desserts
  • Lots of safety tips in the beginning
  • Best suited to young teens












Publisher The International Cookb
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Star Wars Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes

Star Wars Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes is a great way to Jedi mind trick your little ones into the kitchen. Kids tend to gravitate towards this book and enjoy how recipes are given a Star Wars twist. The included photos are quite amusing as well.


  • Very detailed directions
  • Comes with star wars stickers
  • Pages are coated in plastic












Publisher Chronicle Books
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide To Cooking Real Food

ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide To Cooking Real Food helps encourage a kid’s creativity by offering ideas on how to vary a standard recipe to make it unique. It can also help a child improve math skills as they learn to use fractions, grams, and ounces while they cook


  • Good mix of ethnic recipes
  • Approved by academy of pediatrics
  • Info is presented in a simple format












Publisher Simon Schuster
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes is intended for kids from 6 to 12 years of age and has big photos marked with clear instructions. Most of the dishes include fresh and healthy ingredients to help foster a lifelong habit of eating nutritious foods.


  • Comes with food labeling stickers
  • Spiral bound for easy flipping
  • Interesting presentation ideas












Publisher Workman Publishing
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Taste of Home Kid Approved

Taste of Home Kid Approved has 328 recipes and is designed to encourage kids of different ages to work together to prepare the family meal. For example, ages 3-7 wash fruits or knead dough, ages 8-12 peel and toast, while those 13 and older use the sharp and hot objects.


  • Breaks down gender stereotypes
  • Recipe difficulty grading system
  • Helps make cooking fun












Publisher Reader’s Digest
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

2. Do It Myself

Do It Myself is easy to understand for kids as young as four and the recipes don’t include anything hot or sharp, so you can rest easy your kids are safe in the kitchen. Conveniently, it outlines preparation steps that parents can take to make the cooking aspect easier.


  • Contains a total of 50 recipes
  • Fosters a sense of independence
  • Good for special needs kids












Publisher Downtown Bookworks
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. DK Complete Children’s Cookbook

The DK Complete Children’s Cookbook is divided into nine chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of food or meal, like breakfast, lunch, soups, or salads. Each step in a recipe is accompanied by a high quality photo to make it easier to comprehend.


  • Includes a lot of staple recipes
  • Also teaches baking skills
  • Encourages kids to try new flavors












Publisher DK Publishing Dorling K
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0