Classic Cookbooks for Kids

Friday, November 14, 2008

Posted by Mansi

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These days, its fascinating to know how kids are interested in cooking and helping around the kitchen at quite a young age! I recently joined a Baking class, and I have a 9-year old girl who has signed up along with her mother, and she loves making desserts! I guess the exposure to food & cooking shows on TV has given a huge impetus to young budding chefs, and kids are hopping on to the bandwagon!

A couple days ago, Jokergirl mentioned foodie gifts for kids, so I was tempted to see what kind of cookbooks are available for kids so that parents can feed their enthusiasm and nurture their passion. I was pleasantly surprised to see there's a whole category for children's cookbooks, and loads of topics to choose from. I've tried to summarize the Top 5 Books based on online reviews and my interpretation of the book's contents.

1. 30-Minute Meals for Kids - by Rachel Ray
"Cooking Rocks", is a spin-off from Rachel Ray's Food Network Show "30-Minute Meals", designed specifically for kids between the age of 4 to 16! With more than 100 kid-friendly recipes with vibrant pictures, great tips, anecdotes to make it fun, and even specials like "Make-Your-Own-Takeout," "Super-Snackers," and "One Pot Wonders", this will be the best gift for your budding chef!
Read Review at Barnes & Noble
For ages 4 to 12; MSRP: $16.95

2. The Kid's Cookbook - by Williams Sonoma
This Williams Sonoma spiral bound cookbook by Abigail Johnson Dodge has more than 50 recipes with easy to follow instructions, with recipes for menus that cover breakfast and lunch, dinner, side dishes, snacks, and desserts. Classic cooking techniques are explained with lots of photos. A glossary of ingredients includes photos for easy identification. And its available for less than $20.00!
Read Review at Barnes & Noble
For ages 9 and up; MSRP: $19.95

3. Pillsbury Kids Cookbook - by Pillsbury
Bursting with great eats everybody will love, this Pillsbury cookbook has everything, from snacks and sandwiches to desserts, festive holiday treats and even basic cooking tips and techniques to make it more fun! With interesting recipes like "Bunny Rabbit Pancakes" & "Jiggly Fruit Salads", your kids will be ready to learn and impress in no time!
Read Review at Barnes & Noble
For ages 6 to 12; MSRP: $12.00

4. New Junior Cookbook - by Better Homes & Gardens
BHG, the trusted name for all your cooking needs is out with this beautiful cookbook for kids, which covers everything, from basic tips, kitchen tools, techniques to delicious recipes, even holiday specials! It's neat layout and fun pictures will inspire your kids to plan their own menu, and provide them with ideas to cook healthy too!
Read Review at Barnes & Noble
For ages 8 and up; MSRP: $16.95

5. There's a Chef in My Soup - by Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse teaches your kids the art of cooking, step-by-step, with his recipes & photos! Every recipe has been chosen and tested by Chef Emeril and by kids, too, so you know they have to be good!! From "Gooey Cinnamon Buns" to "Baby Bam Burgers", "Ka-Bam Kabobs" & "Creamy Dreamy Orange Freezes", its a fun journey cooking delicacies, a.k.a, Emeril's style!
Read Review at Barnes & Noble
For ages 12 and up; MSRP: $22.99

For more ideas about Cookbooks for Kids, read this comparison on GourmetFood. And once you buy a cookbook, get some colorful kitchen tools for kids! And for all you oldies who feel left out, check out Deeba's tips on dressing up your holiday goodies! oh, and by the way, as Holiday Season has already set in, try these unique & affordable holiday gift ideas! Happy Cooking, and Happy Shopping!!

Oh, and wishing a very Happy Children's Day to all kids, especially those in India, where this day is celebrated with great enthusiasm!

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It's so much fun when kids begin to read, and can work their way through a recipe on their own. I've posted about some of my favorite children's cookbooks this week, too. There are so many good choices now.

Anonymous said...
November 14, 2008 at 12:49:00 PM GMT+1  

That wasn't me, that was Kristen :)
But that sounds like a great book!


November 16, 2008 at 1:32:00 PM GMT+1  

i wanna try some of this book for my 2 growing daughter.i want to spend some quality time with them in my kitchen,preparing and eating some easy to prepare foods.

lowie T. said...
September 2, 2010 at 8:52:00 AM GMT+2  

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