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Kids in the Kitchen

Posted 4 months ago by April S

Posted in Children & Parenting, Cooking, Home, & Garden, eBooks & eAudiobooks, Education and Resources | Tagged with children cooking, cookbooks, cooking with kids, family cooking, healthy recipes, kid-friendly recipes and nutrition facts

What are some of your fondest childhood memories? I remember cooking with my mom on Sunday afternoons like it was yesterday. It was a family affair - bringing us all together and we had a lot of fun in the process. As a result, I still have a love of cooking and baking that continues to this day.

We live in a fast-paced world and it's often difficult to find the time to fit in fun family activities, but everyone has to eat - right? So, why not make it a priority to cook or bake together on a regular basis? Teach your children skills that will last a lifetime and have fun experimenting with new culinary creations.

Books Designed to Help You Cook with Your Kids

The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook by The Culinary Institute of America, Mark AinsworthThe Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook by The Culinary Institute of America, Mark Ainsworth

Aspiring chefs turn to The Culinary Institute of America for top-tier training—and now younger cooks can too. Coauthored by chef-instructor (and parent) Mark Ainsworth, this book is for kids ages ten to fourteen who love to cook or who want to learn how, from the perspective of the nation’s best culinary college. It begins with techniques—from key cooking methods to staying safe in the kitchen to how food fuels your body—then augments those lessons with more than one hundred recipes for dishes that kids (and their families and friends) will love, from Chinese "Takeout" Chicken and Broccoli to Mexican Street Corn Salad to DIY Hummus to Raspberry Shave Ice. These recipes are easy enough that beginners can try them with confidence, but are loaded with insider tips, fun facts, kitchen vocab, and other teaching moments so that more adventurous junior cooks can use them as a springboard to take their skills to the next level, express their culinary creativity, and have fun in the kitchen!
Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples - DK Children's CookbookEat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples - DK Children's Cookbook

Aspiring chefs turn to The Culinary Institute of America for top-tier training—and now younger cooks can too. Coauthored by chef-instructor (and parent) Mark Ainsworth, this book is for kids ages ten to fourteen who love to cook or who want to learn how, from the perspective of the nation’s best culinary college. It begins with techniques—from key cooking methods to staying safe in the kitchen to how food fuels your body—then augments those lessons with more than one hundred recipes for dishes that kids (and their families and friends) will love, from Chinese "Takeout" Chicken and Broccoli to Mexican Street Corn Salad to DIY Hummus to Raspberry Shave Ice. These recipes are easy enough that beginners can try them with confidence, but are loaded with insider tips, fun facts, kitchen vocab, and other teaching moments so that more adventurous junior cooks can use them as a springboard to take their skills to the next level, express their culinary creativity, and have fun in the kitchen!
Cooking Light The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook: Delicious Food Kids Will Eat, Nutritious Meals Mom Will Love - editor, Rachel Quinlivan West; writer, Carolyn Land WilliamsCooking Light The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook: Delicious Food Kids Will Eat, Nutritious Meals Mom Will Love edited by Rachel Quinlivan West; written by Carolyn Land Williams

Cooking Light's first cookbook that gives moms fun, great-tasting, and healthy recipes they know their kids will love. Parents want their kids to be healthy, and this book, geared toward kids ages 3-12, shows them how. Cooking Light provides the facts about kids' nutrition-what kids need and what they don't need. But it's not just about "kid" foods and "adult" foods-it is about foods suitable for the entire family.

More than 100 kid-tested recipes show parents (and kids) they don't have to become short-order cooks when mealtime rolls around. In this easy-to-use, spiral-bound book, parents will learn how to get their kids involved in healthy cooking-teaching those skills that will prepare them for a lifetime of healthy habits and healthful, delicious meals.

Cooking Light The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook is brimming with these fun features to enhance time spent in the kitchen:

  • "Kitchen Classroom" and "Nutrition Notes" teach moms and kids about nutrition and interesting food facts.
  • "Meals Made Easy" provides information about easy pairing of dishes to complete a meal.
  • "Young Chefs Can" and "Older Chefs Can" boxes with each recipe list the tasks kids of all ages can help with, allowing the entire family to be involved in getting dinner on the table.
  • Quotes from the Kids Tasting Panel throughout the book tell why they liked a particular dish, their serving suggestions, and ideas for extras.
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna PansinoThe Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino

A reference for bakers of all experience levels shares a variety of fun, photographed projects that draw their inspiration from video games, science fiction, math, comics and other nerdy things, including such recipes as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, Volcano Cake, Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macaroons and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes.
Sesame Street Let's Cook! by Susan McQuillan, RDSesame Street Let's Cook! by Susan McQuillan, RD

A new collection of 50 healthful, fun recipes for parents and children ages 2 to 5 from "celebrity chefs" Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the beloved Sesame Street gang.

Sesame Street has been entertaining and educating young children and their parents for 45 years with its irresistible, brightly colored “monsters.” In recent years, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the gang have appeared with chefs and on TV to teach kids about healthy eating. Studies have even shown that Elmo helps kids like broccoli. In April 2014, Michelle Obama announced a national “Eat Brighter” campaign that will feature Sesame Street characters on food labels.

Sesame Street Let's Cook! furthers this new effort in cookbook form. It features a visual “ABCs of Healthy Foods,” plus 50 simple, healthful recipes for breakfasts, main meals, and snacks. There’s a color photo for every recipe, Kids! steps, nutrition tips, and clever sidebars that teach young children ages 2 to 5 skills such as counting, matching, learning the alphabet, and more. This is a fun, practical book to help parents and their kids make simple meals, enjoy time together in the kitchen, and learn about healthy eating.
DK Complete Children's Cookbook: Delicious Step-By-Step Recipes for Young CooksComplete Children's Cookbook: Delicious Step-By-Step Recipes for Young Cooks by DK

Delicious dishes kids will really want to make.

More than 150 fabulous recipes, divided into nine themed chapters (Breakfast, Soups and Salads, Light Bites, and more) will have you and your child in the kitchen and cooking in no time. From French toast to rainbow salad, vegetable lasagna to tomato soup, and ice cream to mini muffins, Complete Children's Cookbook has a recipe for every occasion. And with beautiful full-color photography, simple instructions, and a focus on safety, each one makes an ideal cook-together project that will have children excited to try the new flavors in the dishes they helped make. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and feature a picture for every step, so children can see clearly just what to do as they build basic cooking skills, safe kitchen practices, and adventurous palates.
Mommy & Me Start Cooking - home economist, Denise SmartMommy & Me Start Cooking by home economist, Denise Smart

Full of fun activities such as experiencing food with all five senses, designing dishes, and performing kitchen experiments, plus an introduction to measurements associated with cooking, this is the perfect cookbook for children who want to join their parents in the kitchen. Readers will learn about staple ingredients such as eggs, flour, and chocolate. They will find out what is inside an egg, where vegetables grow, how flour is made, and more.
National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton SeaverNational Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton Seaver

For each month of the year discover recipes for fun, new dishes and twists on old favorites, weird-but-true food facts, profiles on "foodie " people, plus activities and challenges you can do by yourself or with friends.

This title is also available in eBook.
Everyday Kitchen for Kids: 100 Amazing Savory and Sweet Recipes Children Can Really Make by Jennifer LowEveryday Kitchen for Kids: 100 Amazing Savory and Sweet Recipes Children Can Really Make by Jennifer Low

From the author of the international bestseller Kitchen for Kids comes an all-new cookbook that encourages kid power in the kitchen. Everyday Kitchen for Kids makes every kind of recipe possible for when kids feel like cooking. The re-engineered cooking methods in the recipes help kids make amazing dishes they couldn't make otherwise. And with Everyday Kitchen for Kids, it's safety first all the way. None of the methods call for sharp knives, stovetop cooking or small motorized appliances. All the recipes are kid tested and approved, and accompanied by a full-colour photograph. Whether your children choose to make a savory snack or a sweet treat, with this book you'll soon be saying to them, Wow! You made this?
You Can Cook by Annabel KarmelYou Can Cook by Annabel Karmel

A cookbook for children that teaches basic skills and techniques and features healthy recipes that encourage children to choose ingredients and flavor combinations while they learn about nutrition and kitchen hygiene.

Cooking With Kids - eBooks

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) by Deanna F. CookCooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) by Deanna F. Cook

The kids are taking over the kitchen! Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12. Basic cooking techniques are explained in kid-friendly language, and recipes include favorites like applesauce, French toast, popcorn chicken, pizza, and more. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings inspiration and confidence to the chefs of the future.
The Cooking with Kids Cookbook by Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey (eBook - hoopla)The Cooking with Kids Cookbook by Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey

For over twenty years the nonprofit organization Cooking with Kids has educated thousands of children to make healthy eating choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures. Written for families to use together, this cookbook includes Cooking with Kids' most enthusiastically kid-tested dishes, along with tips for engaging children in the kitchen and in the garden. Kids can even pick up a pencil or a crayon and do fun and educational activities right inside the book. Featuring more than sixty-five recipes-among them South American Llapingachos, Minestrone, and Coconut Rice Balls-the authors dish up tasty, nutritious meals and snacks that teach children how to help plan, prepare, and cook meals. This book will show parents and caregivers that kids will enjoy a broad array of foods when they chop, measure, mix, and-of course-eat with pleasure.
The Everything Kids' Cookbook From Mac 'N Cheese to Double Chocolate Chip Cookies - 90 Recipes to Have Some Finger-Lickin' Fun by Sandra K Nissenberg (eBook - Overdrive)The Everything Kids' Cookbook From Mac 'N Cheese to Double Chocolate Chip Cookies: 90 Recipes to Have Some Finger-Lickin' Fun by Sandra K Nissenberg

Kids love helping Mom and Dad in the kitchen and whipping up meals for family and friends, and this updated edition teaches kids the basics about cooking, kitchen safety, and nutrition, while offering recipes for a Just Peachy Smoothie, Bite-Sized Blueberry Pancakes, Poppin' Popovers, Take-Along Trail Mix, and more! With 30 delicious food-themed puzzles, kids will have fun both in and out of the kitchen. Written by a certified dietician, this creative cookbook gives kids the know-how and tools they need to become young chefs in the making! This edition features completely new material, including approximately 90 new recipes for all three meals of the day, as well as delicious drinks and desserts, the revised Food Pyramid, and approximately 30 puzzles!
Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook: 300+ Family Tested Fun Foods by Taste of Home (eBook - Overdrive)Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook: 300+ Family Tested Fun Foods by Taste of Home

For the first time, over 300 beloved kid-friendly recipes from the real home cooks at Taste of Home are gathered into one beautifully photographed volume. More than a cookbook for kids, and not just a collection of recipes that kids will love, Taste of Home Kid Approved Cookbook offers fun, achievable ways to bring families together and celebrate childhood fun!

Icons throughout the book highlight recipe activities for all ages. And a special chapter is devoted to the youngest of cooks. Each recipe is perfect for the whole gang, making your little one a proud contributor to the family meals.
Bake It in a Cup! Simple Meals and Sweets Kids Can Bake in Silicone Cups by Julia Myall (eBook - Overdrive)Bake It in a Cup! Simple Meals and Sweets Kids Can Bake in Silicone Cups by Julia Myall

Bake It in a Cup! is a must-have follow-up to the bestselling Cook It in a Cup!, the cookbook kids love! With twenty-five simple recipes, kids will build on basic baking skills to whip up mouthwatering recipes and comfort food favorites, like calzones, tamales, casseroles, fruit cobbler, madeleines, and more.

Cooking with Kids - Helpful Articles

Kids in the Kitchen - Allrecipes

On Cooking with Kids: Why it's Important to Cook with Your Children, And How to Create a Kid-Friendly Kitchen - Epicurious

Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Cooking and Shopping - Fruits & Veggies More Matters

5 Great Reasons to Cook with Your Kids - Healthy Children

The Benefits of Cooking with Children - Live Strong

15 Tips for Cooking with Kids: Teaching Kids to Have Fun in the Kitchen May also Jump-Start a Fondness for Healthy Eating - Mother Nature Network

Cooking With Kids: 5 Reasons You Should Be Doing It - The New York Times

Recipes to Cook with Kids: Get Children Cooking with These Delicious and Kid-Friendly Dishes - Parenting

Cooking with Kids - PBS

Cooking with Kids: Tempt Your Picky Eater to Expand Her Taste Buds - Scholastic

Cooking with Kids: 5 Ways to Get Children Involved in the Kitchen - Start Cooking

Cooking With Your Children: Why it's so Important to Spend Time in the Kitchen with Your Children -- And How You Can Get Started - WebMD

Cooking with Kids - Helpful Online Resources

Kids Cooking - BBC Good Food

Cooking with Kids - CWK Foundation

Kids in the Kitchen - Epicurious

Cooking with Kids - Food Network

Kids in the Kitchen - Nutrition.gov


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