Here are some of the more whimsical and fun children’s cookbooks that I’ve reviewed over the years. I hope the list can inspire your kids to cook with (or for) you.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook is a Seuss-inspired children’s cookbook. My daughter loves going through this cookbook and reading the recipes. We’ve even made green eggs and ham, which was a lot of fun.
The spiral bound Mermaid Cookbook offers an abundance of fun recipes including Paradise Pineapple Fruit Dip, Sea Foam Floats, Treasure Island Trail Mix, Goldfish Gorp, Mermaid Hair Salad, Sea Turtle Cookies, Little Luau Cakes, Water Fairy Ice Pops, Rainbow Fish Fudge, and more. Includes salads, fruit dishes, and main courses as well as snacks and desserts. This would make a perfect guide for a mermaid inspired birthday party.
Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook
Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook is an imaginative, active way to invite kids of all ages – especially 6 to 12 year olds – to get in touch with real food, to see where it comes from, to take responsibility for preparing it, and to have fun in the process.
My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids
My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids by Hilary Shevlin Karmilowicz has a recipe card for each letter. The set also comes with 26 fill-in cards to add your favorite recipes, and 50 stickers to rate the them. Each recipe has clear, simple steps that children can easily follow. They come with fun facts plus serving suggestions. While cooking up these tasty healthy dishes, children can practice skills like following directions and measuring while learning their letters. Kid tested, this recipe box is for ages four to eight.
The Star Wars Cookbook II
The Star Wars Cookbook II -Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes would make a terrific present for the young Jedi in your family. This can be your guide book to fun food for a Star Wars themed party. I love the photography in the The Star Wars Cookbool II – pictures of Star Wars action figures and the food, including a Jedi stabbing a cookie and young Obi-Wan falling into a Darth Malt - funny, clever stuff. The recipe titles are good too – Padme Pad Thai, Amidala Challah, and a Forceful Frittata.
Mary Poppins in the Kitchen
Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story, part storybook, part cookbook, Mary Poppins and the Banks children take over the kitchen for a week. With the help of familiar member of the Poppins cast, Mary Poppins teaches her young charges the basics of cooking, from A to Z.
The recipes are very British and should appeal to anyone who loves English pub food like Shepard’s Pie or Irish Stew. There’s also a delightful recipe for gingerbread stars.
Children at the Hearth
Children at the Hearth: 19th Century Cooking, Manners & Games is, as author Barbara Swell writes, “an invitation to learn about the lives of children past at the kitchen table of today.” Besides recipes, the cookbook is chock full of vintage photos and etchings, and factoids on the Stubborn Child Law, weird and disgusting goods, 19th century manners and chores, and even a West Virginia Ghost Story. Children at the Hearth includes recipes for Hobo Mulligan Stew, Hard Tack, Fudge Snow Taffy, Cat Head Biscuits, and Strawberry Fruit Leather. Don’t mind the exotic names – these are all recipes you can make at home with your children.
Healthy children’s cookbooks
- I Made It Myself!: Mud Cups, Pizza Puffs, and Over 100 Other Fun and Healthy Recipes for Kids to Make
- The Healthy Body Cookbook: Over 50 Fun Activities and Delicious Recipes for Kids
- The Top 100 Recipes for Happy Kids: Keep Your Child Alert, Focused, Active and Healthy
- Junior Leagues In the Kitchen with Kids: Everyday Recipes & Activities for Healthy Living
- Veggie Friends and Fruits Too: A Children's Cookbook on Creating Healthy Snacks
- Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook
- Children's Healthy and Fun Cookbook
- Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200+ Easy, Wholesome Recipes
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