They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and that’s why we love family cookbooks. To help freshen up your recipe repertoire and get the kiddos excited to help in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up the best in new family cookbooks. From step-by-step recipes to creative cakes for kids, these books will guide you through everything from breakfast to dinner, with make-ahead tips and recipes for even the pickiest of eaters.

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

My First Cookbook

America's Test Kitchen has just released their newest book, My First Cookbook and its one for every little up and coming chef. The photo-focused book introduces kitchen language, equipment, helpful kitchen prep and tons of step-by-step instructions that littles (and cooking-challenged adults) will adore. Enjoy simple and delicious recipes for appetizers and snacks, main meals, seasonal goodies and international recipes.

Ages: 5-8

Available on Amazon, $19.99

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Cakes for Kids: 40 Easy Recipes That Will Wow!

Paris-based baker, food artist and cookbook author Juliette Lalbaltry's latest book starts with teaching kids (and their grown-ups) four basic cake recipes (lemon, yogurt, chocolate and rolled sponge).  From these four bases she offers dozens of ideas for clever, totally doable decorations that will guarantee you'll never need to order another party cake. 

Ages: All Ages 

Find it here. $16.99

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

From breads and biscuits to pizza and pie, your little bakers will love America's Test Kitchen's The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs. The 200+ page book include everything your kids need to learn the basics of baking, including frosting 101, measurements and how to zest citrus fruits.

Ages: 8-12

You can purchase on Amazon, $13.59

photo: Countryman Press

Simply Real Eating

This beautiful second cookbook from Sarah Adler makes eating healthy a breeze. The collection of recipes reads more like an inspiring memoir on self care, with encouraging ways to establish good habits and entirely gluten-free menu ideas. Many recipes contain five ingredients or less, accompany beautiful photos and are more than family-friendly.

Available on Amazon, $15.99

—Karly Wood

Feature photo: iStock

 

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