Cooking with kids? 5 great recipe books

If your little ones love helping - and getting messy - in the kitchen, these books could be for you


Cooking with your kids can be a very rewarding experience. Yes, you’ll need a good dollop of patience, a few ounces of humour and a dash of dishonesty as you sample the results.


But, on the whole, it’s always time well spent encouraging children to try new tastes and flavours. And you never know, you may be able eat some cake at the end of it!

1. Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book

For very young chefs, Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book by Lotta Nieminen (Phaidon), is the second in the series of engaging cookbooks inviting children aged two to four years to get involved in food preparation.

By way of a series of flaps, wheels and pulleys, the simple instructions guide you and your little one through every step of making your very own pizza – from kneading the dough to choosing the topping.

The perfect introduction not only into cooking but in sampling new combinations of foods and textures.


2. Bake Me a Story

Nadiya Hussain has proved to be one of the most popular Great British Bake Off champions. Her charm, not to mention her baking skills, captured the hearts of a nation and he she combines both with her books Bake Me a Story.

Here, Nadiya provides simple, child-friendly, healthy recipes including Rapunzel’s carrot and nutmeg cookies and Cinderella’s pumpkin and spice flapjack, with the added bonus that while the items are in the oven you can share one of the stories.

There are 15 tales and 15 scrummy recipes too making this the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your little one.

  • Age: 4-9
  • Price: £7.50
  • Available from: Amazon

3. Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes

Another fun cookery book for very young children is Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes (Macmillan).

Your kids will love the idea of making Swirley Snails (cheesy pesto bread rolls), Scrambled Snake (herby scrambled eggs) and even Terrible Tusks (fruit skewers) – and they may just be inspired to try a few of the things they won’t normally eat.

You could even have a Gruffalo tea party one day. All the recipes are very straightforward and perfect for fans of Mouse and his hairy, scary friend.

  • Age: 3-9
  • Price: £6.99
  • Availalbe from: Amazon

4. My First Baking Book

For children aged seven years and over, My First Baking Book by Susan Akass (Cicio Kidz) is a great introduction into the techniques needed to produce beautiful bakes.

Each of the 35 recipes is given a difficulty rating, and recipes include sweet (granola bars, toffee apple tarts) to savoury (cheese straws, risotto).

Akass lists all the equipment needed and details how much adult help the youngster may need. There is also a kitchen safety guide too!

  • Age: 7+
  • Price: £9.99 
  • Available from: Amazon

5. Usborne Sleepover Cookbook

The Usborne Sleepover Cookbook contains lots of foodie ideas suitable for parties and get togethers. Either prepare in advance – miniature sandwiches, cookies or jellies – or get the children to make the goodies themselves as part of the party!

The recipes are very easy to follow and the presentation ideas are really striking. Probably more suited to girls, but will certainly keep them topped up on midnight treats.

  • Age: 8+
  • Price: £9.99
  • Available from: Usborne


6. Cook With Kids

And finally, Cook with Kids by Rob Kirby (Absolute Press) is an awardwinning cookbook designed to get children fully involved in food preparation.

Produced in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the emphasis is very much on healthy dishes such as ‘Buttermilk Breaded Chicken Finger Bucket’ to ‘5-A-Day Pasta Salad’.

The recipes are all tasty but very straightforward, which makes the process of cooking with little ones a lot less stressful. A great addition to your kitchen library.

  • Age: 6+
  • Price: £9.99
  • Available from: Amazon

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